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Genital rash Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Genital rash. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the genital rash?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. What parts of the genitals are affected by the rash?

    Why: e.g. vulva, penis, scrotum.

  3. Are there other areas of the body that also have a rash?

    Why: e.g. hands, scalp, anus.

  4. Age of person with genital rash?

    Why: e.g. babies are prone to various types of genital rashes such as irritant napkin dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, diaper candidiasis and psoriasis; older children are predisposed to threadworms (Enterobius vermicularis) which causes an itchy anal and genital rash.

  5. Has your genital area ben exposed to any new agents lately to explain a possible contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. hygiene products, laundry detergents, soaps, latex condoms.

  6. Risk factors for tinea cruris ("Jock itch")?

    Why: e.g. warm, humid environment, tight clothing in men, obesity, chronic topical corticosteroid application.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. erythema multiforme may follow infection with either herpes simplex or mycoplasma.

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. chronic corticosteroid application may predispose to tinea cruris; corticosteroids, cancer cytotoxic drugs, antibiotics, oral contraceptives can predispose to Candida infections; erythema multiforme may follow ingestion of certain medications including sulfonamides, phenytoin, barbiturates, penicillin and allopurinol.

  9. Known skin allergies?

    Why: e.g. soaps, laundry detergents, hygiene products, latex allergy from latex condoms.

  10. Sexual history?

    Why: may help determine risk of HIV infection (which may predispose to many types of infections), genital herpes, syphilis, scabies, genital warts and molluscum contagiosum.

  11. Symptoms of irritant napkin dermatitis in babies?

    Why: e.g. confluent red rash that spares the groin folds. May have small ulcers or scaly areas and may be complicated by diaper candidiasis.

  12. Symptoms of diaper candidiasis?

    Why: e.g. red rash with small pus- filled or red spot like lesions, may be weeping, scaling at edge of rash, irritability, discomfort with urination, defecation and changing diaper.

  13. Symptoms of cutaneous skin fold candidiasis?

    Why: e.g. red rash with small pus-filled lesions at the periphery. May involve skin under breasts, axillae and groin and between the buttocks.

  14. Symptoms of scabies?

    Why: e.g. very itchy, lumpy rash, may be able to see tiny mite burrows in the skin that look like small wavy lines, also common on hands and wrists.

  15. Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. urethritis (painful urination with penile discharge), conjunctivitis (red painful eyes) and painful peripheral joints. Lesions on palms, soles, penis and mouth. 90% of those affected are male.

  16. Symptoms of erythema multiforme?

    Why: e.g. dull red patches with central blisters that look like targets and may affect hands, feet, face, elbow, knees, penis, vulva, lips and mouth. May also have a fever and malaise. Often follows infections with either herpes simplex or mycoplasma or taking certain medications.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Genital rash:

The following list of conditions have 'Genital rash' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Genital rash:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Genital rash' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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