Chlamydia Treatment Mountain Brook, AL
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis (or C. trachomatis). In fact, chlamydia is the most common STD to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1994.
Infecting both men and women through sexual contact (by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is infected), chlamydia infection is sometimes known to cause chlamydia discharge and painful or burning urination, though as many as 70% of affected individuals don't present with symptoms at all, signaling the importance to get tested for STDs regularly if you are sexually active as to prevent the spread of chlamydia.
Especially dangerous to women, who can pass the condition on to their babies during childbirth (potentially causing eye infection or pneumonia in affected infants), chlamydia can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system and warrants immediate medical intervention.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Mountain Brook that specializes in chlamydia treatment, call (334) 781-7319 or contact Alabama Functional Medicine online.
Chlamydia is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis and is transmitted during oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has the infection. A woman who is infected with chlamydia can pass the infection on to her baby during childbirth. In affected infants, complications may present including pneumonia and eye infection. Chlamydia causes several organs of the body--including the penis, vagina, cervix, urethra, anus, eye and throat--to become affected if infected, and most notably it can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system.
Most people infected with chlamydia don't present with any symptoms; however, for those who do experience them, chlamydia symptoms differ in men and women.
Chlamydia symptoms in men may include:
- Discharge from your penis
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Burning or itching around the opening of your penis
- Pain and swelling in one or both testacies (less common)
Chlamydia symptoms women may experience include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge (which may bear a strong odor)
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Pain during intercourse
The rectum is affected in both men and women and can become irritated.
A common question is, does a chlamydia cure exist? Fortunately, chlamydia is treatable. Early treatment is key, however, because prolonged exposure to the infection can present long-term health consequences including infertility. In women, the fallopian tubes can become involved, possibly leading to pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy. In men, untreated chlamydia can lead to epididymitis (inflammation of the tube that stores and carries sperm).
Chlamydia treatment typically involves antibiotics (such as azithromycin or doxycycline) and should be closely followed upon your healthcare provider's instruction to ensure effective treatment. Repeat testing 3-4 months after treatment is recommended as re-infection sometimes occurs. Pregnant women may be prescribed an alternate antibiotic (such as erythromycin, levofloxacin or ofloxacin) to ensure the baby's bones and teeth development are not impacted.
Preventing chlamydia is possible by taking basic precautions. Using condoms can significantly reduce the risk of becoming infected (this includes using condoms during oral sex to prevent transmission).
Because chlamydia patients often do not experience symptoms, the infection can be spread from person-to-person without their knowledge of it, hence signaling the importance of regular STD screenings if you are sexually active. Discuss chlamydia screening, prevention and treatment with your healthcare provider who can best provide medical advice. Schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Mountain Brook that specializes in chlamydia treatment, call (334) 781-7319 or contact Alabama Functional Medicine online.
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