German medical words

It’s important to be prepared, especially when you’re traveling. You never know when some German medical words will come in handy. The Rocket German team has created this step-by-step audio lesson so you’ll know what to say if you ever need to see a German doctor or visit a German hospital or drugstore.

 

After this you’ll know how to describe your symptoms in German, and what to say in an emergency. We hope you’ll never need to use these words and phrases, but let’s get prepared just in case…

A list of the most common German medical words

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Mir ist schlecht.
I'm feeling sick.
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Ich bin krank.
I'm sick.
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Ich habe Zahnschmerzen.
I have a tooth ache.
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Ich habe Halsschmerzen.
I have a sore throat.
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Ich habe Bauchschmerzen.
I have a stomach ache.
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Ich habe Kopfschmerzen.
I have a headache.
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Ich habe Schmerzen.
I'm in pain.
  • I need a prescription in German
The following phrases are useful when describing where it hurts…

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Mein Rücken tut weh.
My back hurts.
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Mein Bein tut weh.
My leg hurts.
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Mein Kopf tut weh.
My head hurts.
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Mein Knie tut weh.
My knee hurts.
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Mein Hintern tut weh.
My bum hurts.
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Mein Zahnfleish tut weh.
My gum hurts.
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Mein Fuß tut weh.hurts.
My foot hurts.
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Mein Finger tut weh.
My finger hurts.
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Mein Zeh tut weh.
My toe hurts.
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Mein Auge tut weh.
My eye hurts.
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Meine Schulter tut weh.
My shoulder hurts.
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Mein Arm tut weh.
My arm hurts.
When you go to the doctor he or she will ask you about your symptoms…

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Haben Sie Fieber?
Do you have a fever?
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Wo haben Sie Schmerzen?
Where do you have pain?
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Haben Sie Schmerzen?
Do you have pain?
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Was haben Sie für Symptome?
What kind of symptoms do you have?
Maybe you have an idea what’s wrong with you. You could say …

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Ich habe Periodenschmerzen.
I have cramps / period pain.
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Ich habe Heuschnupfen.
I have hay fever.
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Ich habe eine Allergie.
I have an allergy.
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Ich habe einen Virus.
I have a virus.
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Ich habe eine Infektion.
I have an infection.
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Ich habe eine Grippe.
I have the flu.
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Ich habe eine Erkältung.
I have a cold.

Maybe you cut yourself and all you need is a bandage, you might need some sleeping pills for a long haul flight or cough syrup. Here is what you have to say…

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Ich brauche Verhütung.
I need some contraception.
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Ich brauche ein Rezept.
I need a prescription.
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Ich brauche Halsbonbons.
I need some throat lozenges.
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Ich brauche Hustensaft.
I need some cough syrup.
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Ich brauche Schlaftabletten.
I need some sleeping pills.
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Ich brauche Schmerztabletten.
I need some pain killers.
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Ich brauche ein Pflaster.
I need a band-aid.
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Ich brauche einen Verband.
I need a bandage.
  • I have a headache in German
Here are some more general phrases and words…

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Das Krankenhaus
The hospital
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Rufen Sie einen Krankenwagen!
Call an ambulance!
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Der Krankenwagen.
The ambulance
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Die Medizin
The medicine
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Die Apotheke
The pharmacy
If you need to call an ambulance you need to know the number. In Switzerland or Austria you need to call 144, in Germany it’s 112.

Bis bald!

Paul Weber
Paul Weber
Rocket German

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