Thursday, January 31, 2013

Uncovering Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the most frequent STDs. The disease is spread through a bacterium bearing the same name, Chlamydia and it can emerge more often in the case of teenagers who are active from the sexual point of view and in the case of young adults. The disease can be severe, but it can be easily cured if it is detected in due time. It is as well, the greatest cause of blindness in the world, which can be prevented. Blindness can occur as a conjunctivitis complication associated with Chlamydia.

In the case of men, it can lead to affections of the urethra. Almost half of the women who suffer from Chlamydia and they are not treated by the doctor will develop pelvic inflammatory syndrome. It is a generic term for uterus infections, as well as for uterine proboscis and / or ovaries infections.

Pelvic inflammatory syndrome can cause lesions of reproduction organs, that can lead afterwards to severe complications, including chronic pelvic pain, difficulty in getting pregnant, extra uterine pregnancy and other dangerous complications related to pregnancy.

As well as in the case of gonorrhea, the bacterium Chlamydia can be found in the uterine cervix and urethra and they can live as well inside the throat or rect. Both men and women infested frequently do not develop Chlamydia infection symptoms. Thus, these persons can spread the infection without being aware. The bacterium can pass from a person to the other through sexual contact and through oral sex as well.

If somebody touches body fluids, which contain the bacterium, and then they touch their eyes, it is possible to spread the Chlamydia infection to the eye too. It can as well pass from the mother to the baby while giving birth. Chlamydia can cause pneumonia and conjunctivitis, which can become very severe for the baby if they are not treated. The disease can be easily cured as long as you are aware of it. If it is not treated, though, Chlamydia can lead to more severe health problems.

Chlamydia can be hardly detected because infections, during first stages, sometimes do not trigger or they trigger few signs and symptoms that can make you go to the doctor. When signs and symptoms do emerge, they are most of the times slight or passenger, that makes them easy to ignore.

Sign and symptoms of infection with Chlamydia can include:

- painful urinating or the need to urinate more frequently than usually

-inferior abdominal pain

-vaginal discharge in the case of women

-bleeding between menstruations

-painful intercourse

-penis discharge in the case of men

-inflamed testicles, painful if touching them or fever Sometimes, Chlamydia infection can cause slight fever, muscular pain or headache.

As far as Chlamydia diagnostic is concerned, there are special tests based on urine analysis or it can be detected in the material taken from the vagina or the penis or even the anus. As it is a disease, which can affect especially young people, it can be prevented by sexual education programs in schools or social assistance centers.


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