10 Tips: When to Go to the Emergency Room for STD
STDs or sexually transmitted diseases, get a lot of stigma as not most people like to talk about them, but they are actually quite common. They can be scary, but in most cases they can be treated successfully if they are detected early. The key is early detection however in most cases that is why it is important to get tested regularly, especially if you are sexually active. STDs aren’t something that could be considered to require a trip to an emergency room, as one would expect that a visit to a hospital, healthcare facility or even urgent care, would do the trick by having you tested and then be prescribed the necessary medication for treatment. However, as with most other health conditions, there are instances where an STD may in fact require one to head over to an emergency room. To know which scenarios of STDs require one to go to the emergency room, keep reading, as this article will look to highlight 10 tips that will help you know when you need to do just that.
If you have been diagnosed with an STD and then start to present with shortness of breath and general difficulties breathing, then you should ensure that you head over to an emergency room as soon as possible to be assessed. As a rule of thumb, issues with breathing should always be taken seriously, with the same applying for cases relating STDs.
Another scenario where you should ensure you head over to an emergency room and get assessed is if you begin to suffer from chest pain and have been diagnosed with an STD, such as HIV. As per the subject matter experts over at FrontlineER.com, chest pains in folks with STDs should always be taken seriously as it could mean something more sinister.
Folks who have been diagnosed with an STD and begin to cough or even vomit blood should also ensure that they head over to an emergency room as soon as possible. Again, blood in phlegm or vomit could mean a serious situation such as internal wounds and should be taken quite seriously.
As has been mentioned above, not every situation involving an STD should require a visit to an emergency room but one where a visit to the emergency room should ensue is if one is presenting with persistent diarrhea or vomiting. As covered in detail over at FrontlineER.com, such symptoms should be seen as a clear red flag for anyone with an STD and should be taken with the seriousness it deserves.
If you also have been diagnosed with a given STD that you are receiving treatment for, and then you begin to present with sudden fainting, then you should also ensure that you get yourself to the emergency room as soon as possible to be assessed. The same should apply for cases where you begin to have dizzy spells or are generally feeling weak as far as your body is concerned; all these symptoms ought to be taken seriously.
The next tip we have for you and one that is completely backed by the subject matter experts over at FrontlineER.com, is that if you have an STD and when you suffer a cut or an injury you begin to bleed uncontrollably, then you should ensure that you get yourself to the emergency room as soon as you can so that you can be assessed and be attended to. It goes without saying that uncontrolled bleeding should always be taken seriously as far as STDs are concerned.
If you have also been diagnosed with an STD, one that you are taking treatment for, and you begin to suffer from severe pain that is unexplained, then it is also recommended that you get yourself over to an emergency room as soon as you can so that you can be examined and be attended to. This should also be taken very seriously.
The subject matter experts over at FrontlineER.com also insist that if you have been diagnosed with an STD and you begin to exhibit signs of mental status change, then you should also head over to an emergency room as soon as you can. This includes changes in behavior as well as being disoriented and confused. This should be taken seriously as well.
Other than those already diagnosed with an STD, another instance when you should go to the emergency room for an STD is if you have been a victim of sexual assault. This will allow for you to be checked for any STD as well as giving the physicians there an opportunity to perform a full physical exam on you and collect any evidence of the assault.
You should also go to the emergency room as soon as possible if you know or suspect that you may have exposed yourself to HIV. This will allow you to receive emergency drugs that will allow you to fight back HIV after having suffered an immediate exposure to the same. This could even allow you to eliminate the virus altogether if done early enough.
The above tips should help if you are looking to know when to go to the emergency room for STD; speaking of help, there are more resources to be found on this and other related topics over at the ever reliable FrontlineER.com so check them out.