What Is Chlamydia? Study Symptoms, Testing & Treatment of Infection

Chlamydia - (on May 07, 2015 03:28 AM)

Chlamydia is the most common STD (sexually transmitted disease) in the United States, yet many people do not know what is Chlamydia? The name of the bacteria is often spelled incorrectly as clamidia, chlamidia, clamydia, clymidia, chlymidia, clamidia, chlamidia, etc, people do not know about the symptoms of the Chlamydia bacteria infection, how to get tested for Chlamydia and about its treatment.


 

With this article we will cover most of these concerns about Chlamydia.

 

 

What Is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a very small parasitic bacteria that belongs to the bacteria family called “Chlamydiaceae”. To reproduce the Chlamydia bacteria acts like a virus and requires the biochemical structures of another cell.

 

Chlamydia was first mentioned in the history when it was recognized as a bacteria rather than a virus in 1963, but there are reports of a Chlamydia like bacteria infecting the eyes of ancient Chinese and Egyptians. In today's world, the Chlamydia bacteria can cause diseases like trachoma, psittacosis, and nonspecific urethritis.

 

The Chlamydia bacteria commonly spread through sexual contact be it oral, anal or vaginal. Now that we know about what is Chlamydia? We can study more about Chlamydia bacteria infection, its symptoms, testing and treatment.

 

Symptoms Of Chlamydia

Once a person is infected with Chlamydia it is not uncommon to not find any symptoms of the disease. It is estimated that almost 50% men and 70% - 75% women do not show any symptoms of the Chlamydia bacteria infection. The symptoms of Chlamydia also vary based on the gender and they are:

 

 

Symptoms Of Chlamydia In Men

  • Watery discharge from the penis

  • Pain in the testicles

  • Swelling of the testicles

  • Pain when urinating

 

 

Symptoms of Chlamydia In Women

  • Pain when urinating

  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina

  • Bleeding after sex and between periods

  • Pain in the lower abdomen

  • Painful sex

  • Abnormal bleeding during period

 

 

Testing Of Chlamydia

Testing of Chlamydia is done in different ways based on the gender.

 

 

Testing Of Chlamydia For Men

The Chlamydia test for men is usually done on a urine sample. However, in some cases of Chlamydia in men a swab test maybe required. For this the samples are swabbed from the uretha and depending on the nature of the most recent sexual contact sometimes from the rectum and the throat.

 

 

Testing Of Chlamydia For Women

The Chlamydia test for women is commonly done on a urine sample. However, in some cases of Chlamydia in women a swab test maybe required. For this the samples are swabbed from the cervix or from inside the lower vagina and sometimes from the rectum and the throat depending on the nature of the most recent sexual contact.

 

 

Treatment Of Chlamydia

Once diagnosed, Chlamydia is treated with one or a mixture of the following antibiotics depending on the severity of the disease.

  • Clarithromycin

  • Azithromycin

  • Erythromycin

  • Doxycycline

  • Ciprofloxacin

  • Levofloxacin

  • Ofloxacin

  • Tetracycline

 

It is important to get rid of Chlamydia because if this disease is not treated it can cause Urethritis in men and pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy in women.

 

Through the advise of a medical health professional Chlamydia is fully treatable within weeks with the usage of antibiotics.

 


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