Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease common in the U.S. This infection often causes no symptoms and thus it can easily be spread and unknowingly passed to sexual partners. In point of fact, approximately 50% of the infections in men and 75% of women do not have symptoms. This explains why it is not easy to tell whether you have this infection or not. When the symptoms occur, they become apparent within two to three weeks of contact, and they are different in men and women. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
Chlamydia symptoms in Women
- Abnormal vaginal discharge that is usually accompanied by odour
- Bleeding in between periods
- Pain when urinating
- Pain during sex
- Painful periods
- Abdominal pain accompanied by fever
- Burning or itching in the areas around the vagina
Chlamydia symptoms in men
- Swelling and pain in the areas around the testicles
- Pain when urinating
- Itching and burning in the areas close to the opening of the penis.
- A somewhat clear discharge coming from the tip of the penis. In some instances, this discharge may be cloudy
Treatment of Chlamydia
Normally, when you are diagnosed with chlamydia, your doctor will give you oral antibiotics, mostly doxycycline (given as two capsules every day for a week) or azithromycin (given as four or two tablets at once). And to prevent re-infection, your doctor may also suggest that your partner is also given treatment for Chlamydia. When you are under medication, the infection should clear up within two weeks, at most. And when it does, it is important that you continue taking your antibiotics even if you are feeling better already.
In instances where chlamydia is severe (this applies to women), you may need hospitalization, pain medicine as well as intravenous antibiotics. It is recommended that you be tested after approximately three months just to be sure that the infection has been cured completely. The importance of this cannot be overstressed, especially if you are uncertain whether your partner obtained the treatment or not. Nonetheless, testing should still be done even if your partner has obtained treatment. One more thing, you should not have sex until you are certain that your partner has been completely cured.
For women who are breastfeeding or those with allergies, the doctor may give you antibiotics such as erythromycin or amoxicillin. But if your doctor is concerned about the possible complications of chlamydia, they may give you a longer course of antibiotics.
Chlamydia is a dangerous sexually transmitted infection that affects men and women alike. The symptoms of this infection are rarely noticeable, and this can cost many lives. Therefore, it is prudent to seek medication when you suspect that you have this infection. The above are some symptoms of this infection as well as some of the most common treatments.