Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), that is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is a bacteria condition that can affect the anus, urethra, or throat. In most cases, the infection is transmitted during sexual intercourse (anal, vaginal, or oral) with an infected person. But do people with gonorrhea display symptoms? Here is everything you should know about gonorrhea.
What Are the Symptoms of Gonorrhea?
Although symptoms occur within two to fourteen days after exposure, people infected with gonorrhea hardly develop noticeable symptoms. People who have gonorrhea and don’t display any symptoms at all are known to be asymptomatic. In fact, studies have shown that such a person is likely to transmit gonorrhea to other partners when they don’t have noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea In Men
Usually, symptoms begin to develop a week after transmission. In men, the first noticeable symptom is mostly a burning or even painful sensation during urination. It could also be swelling or pain in the testicles or even a persistent sore throat. In some cases, there may be a pus-like discharge from the penis (yellow, white, or greenish). Swelling or redness at the opening of the penis is another possible symptom. Also, there are rare instances where gonorrhea may cause damage to the body, specifically the urethra and testicles. This happens after the symptoms have been treated, and the condition remains in the body for few weeks, after treatment.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Women
Women don’t develop any overt symptoms of gonorrhea, and when they do, it is usually mild. In some cases, it could be similar to other diagnoses, which makes it hard to identify. In women, gonorrhea symptoms appear more like vaginal yeast, or even bacteria infections. Some identifiable symptoms include; sore throat, urge to urinate more frequently, pain during sexual intercourse, sharp pain in the lower abdomen, heavy periods, or spotting, pain or burning sensation while urinating, and in some cases, fever.
What Are the Treatments of Gonorrhea?
Home and Over-The-Counter (OTC) Remedies
actually, there are no at-home or over-the-counter remedies for gonorrhea. Anyone who thinks they may have acquired gonorrhea from their sexual partner should seek medical attention or professional healthcare.
While there are no OTC medications or treatments for gonorrhea, there are antibiotics for it. The modern antibiotic can cure most gonorrhea transmissions. The gonorrhea infection can also be treated with an antibiotic injection of ceftriaxone. It can be taken one time to the buttock, with a single dose of azithromycin, usually by mouth. This should actually relieve you within days.
Also, most states provide free diagnoses and treatments at state-sponsored health clinics. Health officials could contact other people these individuals may have had sexual intercourse with. This usually helps prevent the spread.
How to Prevent Gonorrhea
One of the easiest and safest ways to prevent gonorrhea or other sexually transmitted diseases is to practice abstinence. However, if you cannot, ensure you always use condoms and other barrier methods. Also, it is advisable to be open with your sexual partner. Ensure you get regular testing, and find out if they have been tested. It is very important that you avoid any sexual contact with your partner if they are showing noticeable symptoms. To avoid being at a higher risk, avoid having multiple sexual partners.