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I just created my new character 2 hours ago and I've reached a town. Sometimes random guards will comment that I look ill, or that I should rest. "You look sick, honey. Do you want to lie down?", isn't uncommon.

Did I unexpectedly get vampirism? I didn't fight any vampires, only a couple of wolves and bandits.

I'm a dark elf, so maybe my race isn't seen much around Skyrim and the remarks are more roleplay than actual illness.

Any ideas?

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Sounds like you got a disease, but that's just me guessing - the NPC in the TES series had a habit of commenting on your condition in such a way at least from Morrowind on, if not earlier. –  Martin Sojka Nov 8 '11 at 13:30
    
I'm a breton and I keep hearing that too. I'm not diseased tho. –  bazz Nov 14 '11 at 10:49
    
I dont think it has to do with race, Im an Imperial and get the same remarks. maybe a bug? –  user15749 Dec 2 '11 at 19:53
    
Probably just a critic to your real life. NPCS inside a game,are telling you to get some sleep,because you probably look sick after all that time playing Skyrim. Just kidding, @RavenDreamer answered it right, im with Rockjoint since i started playing Skyrim. Damn disease, i remember the Worm or w.e that bit me,and im still sick. –  Marcello Grechi Lins Dec 2 '11 at 20:15
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You might want to double-check your wolf bites. Wolves have a chance of carrying "Rockjoint", a disease which decreases your melee damage dealt. NPCs use those responses for all diseases, not just Porphyric Hemophilia Sanguinare Vampiris (aka, Vampirism).

So the good news: You're probably not accidentally a vampire.

But the NPCs are probably right too - you're suffering from something. The simplest way to fix all this is to cast a Cure Disease spell on yourself, chug a Cure Disease Potion, or the like.

Visiting a temple in any city and praying at their altar will instantly cleanse non-vampire / werewolf diseases from the afflicted, and give you a temporary buff to boot.

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I did have Rockjoint! A good prayer at the alter and I'm good. :D –  Only Bolivian Here Nov 13 '11 at 14:37
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I'm not sure how accurate this is. I've had alchemists say I look like I might have Ataxia - but I'm a werewolf, immune to disease! –  Iszi Dec 25 '11 at 1:15
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@Iszi - Arcadia (The alchemist in Whiterun) thinks everyone has Ataxia. She's a hypochondriac, and projects onto others. –  Raven Dreamer Dec 25 '11 at 2:22
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Is there actually a cure disease spell in Skyrim? –  TZHX Apr 10 '13 at 13:30
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another easy way to check is to go to your "active effects" on magica. if any are marked in red, these are negative/hurtful, and the description will tell you if it's a disease

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I made the palest Wood Elf possible and I get told I look sick all the time, but I have no active effects and even after praying I still get told I look sick.

I've never seen a Nord with a tan anyway so I don't know why a pale Elf is something that needs to be commented on.

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Yeah, Dolphine there are no tanned nords. Is she a nord though? Anyway, this keeps happening to me too all the time, irrelevantly of whether I am sick or not and the apothecaries tell me that they think there's something wrong with me when there's nothing so I guess that it has to do with your race (dunmer for me). –  user14262 Nov 14 '11 at 8:31
    
I'm a High Elf, and always presumed this to be the case also. –  Iszi Dec 25 '11 at 1:15
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