Gonorrhea Infection Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Gonorrhea Infection Signs

Gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted disease that is also known as the clap which effects male and female alike but diagnosing this disease is very difficult as its symptoms are not very pronounced.

Moreover, in some cases the symptoms are so mild that it cannot be noticed but neglecting this issue can lead to serious health issues.

Gonorrhea infection can be diagnosed by STD testing as it is caused by sexually transmitted bacterium known as gonococcus or Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

This infection is generally caused in the moist and warm areas of the male and female bodies which include throat, eyes, urethra, anus, vagina and female reproductive tract including uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes.

This infection is contagious as it can spread during sex and it can also affect the baby if the mother is infected where it affects the eye of the baby.

It causes eye infections in babies known as conjunctivitis and in serious cases it can cause blindness in baby.

This infection can be cured with the help of medications but you also need to pay attention to diet because if left untreated it can lead to infertility and other serious health problems.

Causes of gonorrhea

The most important cause of this sexually transmitted disease is that it is caused through anal, oral and vaginal sex as it is generally caused to people with different sexual partner.

Moreover men who don’t use condom are at a higher risk of infection as it increases the likelihood of infection and it can also increase the risk of people with drug abuse and alcohol abuse.

Sharing the same sex toys with someone without washing the toy can also be a significant cause of this infection and close genital contact with someone suffering from gonorrhea is also a cause of the infect.

Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea

The signs of this infection in men include a green, yellow or white discharge also known as dysuria and it appears from one to fourteen day of the infection but if the infection is serious then men might complain of scrotal or testicular pain.

The symptoms of this infection are so mild and non-specific in women that is also often mistaken as vaginal infection or bladder infection.

The symptoms include vaginal bleeding and vaginal discharge but it can also lead to serious complications from this infection.

The rectal infection in both men and women are known due to soreness, bleeding, anal itching, discharge and painful bowel movements.

The infection in throat is generally known due to soreness in the throat but it is important to get tested regularly for Gonorrhea infection so that you can find out the infection before it leads to serious health complications.

Gonorrhea treatment and prevention

The best way of reducing the risk of gonorrhea is by using condom every time you have vaginal, oral or anal sex but you should abstain yourself from having sex because unprotected sex with an infected person as it can increase your risk of getting this infection.

If you or your partner finds any of the signs of symptoms of Gonorrhea infection then you need to go to the doctor for getting tested for this sexually transmitted infection.

You should not have sex with a person with any unusual symptoms like genital sore or rash and even any of you find these symptoms then you should go for gonorrhea screening to get treated immediately.

You also need to pay attention to diet when you are suffering from gonorrhea infection because diet plays a crucial role in helping you deal with the infection in an efficient manner.

The medication for treating this infection is a combination of two antibiotics which includes ceftriaxone and azithromycin or doxycycline.

This antibiotic is known to be very effective in treating the infection but if the problem persists then you should continue with the medication for a week so that it will be treated completely.

Regular screen of gonorrhea is recommended with individuals who have multiple sex partners or who have unprotected sex without using a condom as it can help in finding the infection before it become more complicated health problem and most importantly you need to pay attention to diet for overall health and well being.

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