Out of all the many sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia is one of the most common and most easily spread. You may not always know that you have it since the symptoms are not always readily apparent. We’re going to look at what the most common symptoms are and how you can diagnose this disease and treat it successfully.
What to Look for
You’ll start to notice the signs of chlamydia within about a week or two of sexual contact. The most common sign is some type of vaginal discharge. However, it may not be the same with every person who is suffering from chlamydia. This discharge can be different colours and afferent viscosities. It may have an odor as well.
Women should look for bleeding between periods as well as periods that are more painful than normal. Women may also experience pain when having intercourse as well as a constant itching or pain near or in the vagina. Furthermore, they may have abdominal pain accompanied by a fever and pain during urination.
For men, the symptoms are a bit different. There may be a cloudy coloured discharge from the tip of the penis and urination may be painful for them as well. They may experience pain, itching or burning near the opening of the penis and at the head, and there may also be some swelling and pain in the testicles.
How to Diagnose Chlamydia
Anyone who has multiple sexual partners or who has sex frequently with more than one person should be tested for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases. Anyone who is sexually active and under 25 years or pregnant should also be tested because they are at the highest risk of contracting chlamydia and the most likely to suffer severely because of it.
You can test for a chlamydia infection a few different ways. The most common and most accessible is a urine test. Your sample will need to be sent to a laboratory for testing and verification. You can also use a swab test if you are a woman. The cervix is swabbed, and it can be combined with a pap smear test. You can perform this test yourself if you want, as studies have shown that self-administered tests are just as effective as doctor administered swab tests.
How to Treat It
If you go to a doctor for treatment, you will usually be given medication to use and specific instructions for how to treat this problem, but we want to focus on at-home care. We understand that a lot of people are hesitant to tell anyone, even a doctor, about their sexually transmitted diseases, so knowing how to treat this condition at home is crucial.
You can take an oral antibiotic, and you may need a prescription for one that would be effective for your condition. Your partner may also need to receive treatment. To prevent the condition from worsening, you will need to abstain from sexual activity of any kind until the chlamydia has completely cleared up. If you do not, then you can aggravate the condition and prevent it from healing as fast or as successfully as it otherwise would.
It takes about a week or two to get rid of chlamydia completely, and even if you feel better before then, you should continue taking medicine and abstaining from sexual activity. For women, the treatment may be more involved, because their experience may be more severe. They may require hospitalisationor at least bedrest, and they may benefit from intravenous antibiotic as well as medication for the pain.