The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated there were over 1.7 million new cases of chlamydia reported in the country, making it the most common STD in the nation. The problem with chlamydia is that most people don’t immediately know they’ve been infected with the disease. It is asymptomatic in the beginning – a reason many cases stay untreated for so long.
untreated chlamydia can cause numerous health complications such as
infections, infertility and prostate issues.
is caused by the chlamydia bacteria (yes, the same name) and is
spread via anal, vaginal or oral sex. People are at risk for the
disease when they don’t practice safe sex or have sex with more
than one partner at a time. If you’ve had an STD before, you
increase your chances of being infected with chlamydia. Pregnant
women can infect their babies at birth with chlamydia, which can
cause several health issues in the baby.
great thing about chlamydia, unlike so many other infections, is that
it is curable, but only if the prescription is taken as directed by a
doctor. Like other STDs, it’s imperative to begin treatment right
after getting the disease. This ensures the drug will work better and
you won’t suffer from any complications.
chlamydia symptoms begin three weeks after the initial infection.
Typical symptoms of this disease are pain during sex or urination or
continuous stomach pains. Both genders could have genital discharge
as well as swelling and burning in that area. Women with a chlamydia
infection may also have painful periods and bleeding when it’s not
moment you notice any of the above symptoms, you need to seek the
assistance of a doctor. While some people may have no symptoms at all
with the infection until it’s advanced, most do. Be sure to get
regularly tested to decrease the chance of suffering from
complications of the disease. It’s best both sexually active men
and woman to get tested once a year for chlamydia.
you are diagnosed with a chlamydia infection, your doctor will give
you antibiotics to cure it (mind you, you need to take it as
prescribed for the drug to be effective). Your doctor may give you
one gram of azithromycin or 100 milligrams of doxycycline. While most
people can take these drugs, there are other alternatives just in
case you can’t. They include levofloxacin, erythromycin and
chlamydia infection while pregnant often results in a different type
of treatment. Many standard medications such as doxycycline are not
considered safe to be used by pregnant women, as they could hurt the
baby, especially in the later trimesters. Instead, doctors may
prescribe amoxicillin, azithromycin or erythromycin to treat the
are some side effects, but they are rare – stomach pain, rashes,
nausea, diarrhea. No side effects include hurting the baby.
and HIV-positive patients also with chlamydia can use antibiotics to
treat the disease. While the infection can be cured, the antibiotics
will not help with the complications that resulted from the lack of
treatments can last anywhere from one to seven days. How long
treatment lasts though is dependent on two things:
is designed to use for a short time, usually a day. The one gram dose
is taken in two or four tablets or is given to you by your doctor in
the office. This will help to avoid any potential side effects, which
is important for children, pregnant women and people with a
compromised immune system.
chlamydia antibiotics are prescribed for seven days. Levofloxacin is
taken once a day for seven days; doxycycline and ofloxacin are taken
two times a day, and erythromycin is taken four times a day.
the best results, the medications should be taken as directed for the
entire time. When done so, the symptoms should be gone by the time
you are done with the treatment. Your doctor will advise you to come
in for a checkup in three months to be retested for chlamydia. If you
notice you still have symptoms of the disease after you take the
antibiotics, talk with your doctor about getting another treatment.
is quite possible to become re-infected with the chlamydia bacteria
after treatment is over. This happens for several reasons:
2000 study found that 30 percent of genital chlamydia infections are
reinfections. In the past, doctors felt that the recurring
infections were either due to ineffective treatments or the
re-exposure of the chlamydia bacteria. A newly released study found
another potential reason as well. The chlamydia bacteria can now hide
in the gut and can rear its ugly head every now and then (similar to
the herpes simplex virus).
suggest that people get tested every two months after a treatment to
determine if the infection is entirely gone.
chlamydia is very common, you can still protect yourself from getting
the disease. And, if you do have it, it can be cured. Protect
yourself by using protection for vaginal, anal and oral sex. Do not
have more than one partner or share objects during the sex act. Get
regularly tested for STDs if you are sexually active, as this will
help to detect the infection early and get prompt treatment.
If you have had a chlamydia infection, talk with your doctor to get a follow-up test. The recurrence rates of STDs is very high, but a follow-up test can be done to ensure the treatment was successful and you are bacteria-free.
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