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Genital sores Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Genital sores. 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 sores?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Have you ever had similar sores in the past?
  3. Is there a single or multiple sores?
  4. How would you describe the sores?

    Why: e.g. ulcers, blisters, lump, wart.

  5. Past history of sexually transmitted diseases?
  6. Sexual history?

    Why: to help determine risk of sexually transmitted infections.

  7. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. primary syphilis is rare in urban Australia but must be excluded if suspect this diagnosis, especially if there has been recent sexual contact in South East Asia; Donovanosis is endemic in northern and central Australia; Chancroid is usually only seen following sexual exposure in South East Asia, India or Africa; Lymphogranuloma venereum is usually only seen following sexual exposure in East and West Africa, India, parts of Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

  8. Genital ulcers?

    Why: usually suggest herpes simplex virus 1 or 2. Less common causes of genital ulcers include syphilis (primary chancre of treponema pallidum, chancroid (Haemophilus decreyi), donovanosis (granulomona inguinale due to calymmatobacterium granulomatis) and lymphogranuloma venereum (due to Chlamydia trachomatis).

  9. Genital lumps?

    Why: may be genital warts due to infection with human papilloma virus (HPV), molluscum contagiosum due to infection with the pox virus, scabies burrows due to infestation by the scabies mite or Bartholin's gland infection or abscess. Less common causes of genital lumps are secondary syphilis (condyloma lata of treponema pallidum.

  10. Associated urethral or vaginal discharge?
  11. Associated Genital itch?
  12. Difficulty with passing urine/
  13. Symptoms of genital herpes?

    Why: e.g. with the first attack there is a tingling or burning feeling in the genital area, then a crop of small vesicles appear and then burst after 24 hours to leave small red painful ulcers which then form scabs and heal. The glands in the groin can become swollen and tender and the person may feel unwell and have a fever. May have difficulty or pain with passing urine. With recurrent attacks, symptoms usually become milder.

  14. Symptoms of Bartholin's gland abscess?

    Why: e.g. red, tender swelling within the posterior (back part) of the labia majora (the large rounded fold surrounding the vagina). May be due to non-sexually transmitted infection with E.Coli or Staphylococci bacteria; or a sexually transmitted infection with gonorrhea.

  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.

  17. Symptoms of Behcet's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. recurrent oral ulcers, recurrent genital ulcers, eye inflammation, painful nodules on arms and legs.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Genital sores:

The following list of conditions have 'Genital sores' 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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