Chlamydia

Chlamydial Infections:  The most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, the infecting agent is Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacterium.  Chlamydial infection include urethritis ( inflammation of the  urethra; - a passage through which urine is discharged from the bladder to the exterior or the body) in men, and cervicitis ( inflammation of the cervix )  in women, and lymphogranuloma venereum or LGV ( mark by a primary transient ulcerative lesion of the genitals, cause by chlamydial infec. ) for both male and female Because many of theses infections may produce no symptoms until late in their development, sexual transmission usually occurs unknowingly.


If left untreated, chlamydial infections can lead to  other complications such as acute epididymitis ( inflammation of the epididymis; the ducts of which the spermatozoa are stored ), salpingitis (inflammation of the uterine tube), Pelvic inflammatory disease, and even sterility. In pregnant women, chlalmydial infections can an has been associated with spontaneous abortion, premature delivery, and possibly neonatal death.  Children born of infected mothers may contract trachoma ( an contagious disease progresses from a mild infection with tiny folicles on the eyelid conjunctiva to invasion of the cornea, with scaring and contraction which may result in blindness ), otitis media (ear infection ), and pneumonia during passage through the birth canal.

Symptoms:

Varies with the specific type of infection.

LVG:  the primary lesion is a painless vesicle or non-indurated ulcer, 2 to 3 mm in diameter ( usually unnoticeable ).
Develops regional lymphadenopathy after 1 to 4 weeks
Inguinal lymph node swelling about 2 weeks later
Systemic symptoms include:  myalgia, headache, fever, chills, backache, and weight loss

Proctitis:  infection of the rectum may produce:  diarrhea, tenesmus ( ineffectual and painful straining at stool or in urinating ),
prorates (itching ), bloody or mucoopurulent discharge (containing mucus and or pus or both ), diffuse or discrete ulceration in the rectosigmoid colon.

Cervicitis:  cervical erosion, mucopurulent discharge, pelvic pain or dyspareunia ( painful intercourse )

Endometritis or Salpingitis: Possible pain, abdomen tenderness, cervix, uterus, and lymph nodes tenderness.  vaginal discharge, and or painful urination ( dysuria )

Urethral syndrome:   dysuria, pyuria ( pus in the urine ),  and or urinary frequency

Epididymitis:  Painful scrotal swelling and urethral discharge

Prostatitis:  may have low back pain, urinary frequency, painful urination, nocturia ( voiding at night ), urethral discharge and or painful ejaculation.

Urethritis:  dysuria, erythema and tenderness of the urethral meatus, urinary frequency, pruitus, or urethral discharge

Your doctor may take a culture sample and serologic tests, to determine infection.

Treatment:

Antibiotic therapy 7 to 21 days
Patients with LGV requires extended treatment,.
 * If you are infected with this and or other STD disorder;  please inform your sex partner or partners so they can get treated and  to prevent the spread of disease.

 * Call your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms or if you think that you may have been expose to STD.

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