If you someone you know are not known to have diabetes but are having any symptoms that suggest diabetes or concern you in any way, make an appointment to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. When you make the appointment, tell the operator that you are concerned about diabetes. He or she may make arrangements for blood sugar testing before the appointment.
If the patient is known to have diabetes, call a healthcare provider right away if any of the following apply:
When you call a healthcare provider, tell the operator that you or someone you know has diabetes and are concerned
The following situations can become 911 medical emergencies and warrant an immediate visit to a hospital emergency department.
The following are signs and symptoms of diabetic complications that warrant emergency care.
Altered mental status: Lethargy, agitation, forgetfulness, or just strange behavior can be a sign of very low or very high blood sugar levels.
Nausea or vomiting: If the patient is known to have diabetes and cannot keep food, medications, or fluids down at all, they may have diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome, or another complication of diabetes.
Fever of more than 101.5°F: If the primary healthcare provider cannot see the patient right away, seek emergency care for a high fever if they are diabetic. Note any other symptoms such as cough, painful urination, abdominal pain , or chest pain .
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