Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. Of the many different types of sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia is actually one of the easier ones to treat. This STD is often overlooked because people think they have a urinary tract infection, or they just do not pay that much attention to the other signs.
Signs You May Have Chlamydia
Some of the signs and symptoms of this disease include:
- A vaginal discharge in women
- A drainage or discharge from the penis in men
- A burning upon urination
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Sexual intercourse may become painful, or males may feel a painful sensation in their testicles
- A cervical infection
Chlamydia is very easy to treat, and can be cured in just a couple of weeks with the proper medication. It is also a very common STD, but do not ignore it if you have the disease, because for women it can be detrimental to their fallopian tubes. It can also cause those women to have a pelvic infection that can escalate into a pelvic disease that can cause a lot of trouble.
Seek Medical Attention
If you have the signs or symptoms of Chlamydia you need to see a doctor. Only a doctor can tell you for sure if what you are experiencing is Chlamydia, or if you have something that is a lot more serious. Once the doctor has confirmed the condition they can begin to treat you for the STD. The doctor will:
- Prescribe antibiotics such as doxcycline, azithromycin, tetracycline and erythromycin to kill the strain of bacteria that causes the Chlamydia. These bacteria have very little resistance to antibiotics so the doctor has a wide range of choices in the different ones they can prescribe for this. Azithromycin is always there first choice because it only takes a single dose of this powerful medication to eliminate the bacteria. It is however quite expensive and the doctor will attempt to treat you with something less expensive.
- They will recommend frequent washings with a gentle cleanser daily
- They will tell you that you must inform every sexual partner you have been in contact with in the past month about the diagnosis
- They will recommend to you that you use safe sex practices such as the wearing of a condom to stop from contracting a disease of this nature
Going to the doctor can be embarrassing when you suspect that you have a sexually transmitted disease like Chlamydia. You need to know that the doctor and their staff are not judging you, anyone can contract a sexually transmitted disease. Sexual intercourse is a normal part of the human relationships and there should be no shame involved with it.
You are not nasty, dirty, or bad because you were infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Because you are seeking treatment for the disease you are being responsible, smart, and mature. Anyone can catch the disease but it takes an intelligent person to seek proper treatment.