10 Std Symptoms
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) is very prevalent with its common ten STD symptoms manifesting among infected individuals. The infection is classified into viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic. The disease is transmitted through direct and usually, sexual contact. Most people are unaware of the infection unless they begin to manifest symptoms. The symptoms may vary from each infected person but the following STD symptoms are the most common:
- Itching. The most common STD symptom consists of itching which can be due to parasitic infection caused by crabs or pubic lice. Inflammation may be seen on the area of infection with visible spots of blood where the parasite may feed from the skin’s blood vessels. These crab-like parasites can be passed on through sexual contact and sharing of beddings or clothes. Scabies infection can also cause severe itching. Trichomoniasis produces STD symptoms of vaginal itching and irritation in women.
- Sore. Soreness and blisters may form which are usually painful. It is common in herpes where the viral infection can be transmitted through direct contact with the sore. Mites can also cause soreness as they burrow on the skin.
- Lumps. Swollen lymph glands can possibly occur with HIV and may be accompanied with fever, rash, fatigue, headache and other flu-like symptoms.
- Painful urination. Urinary infection is common with chlamydia and gonorrhea. One may complain of a painful sensation while urinating due to urinary tract infection. Urinary frequency is increased with a burning sensation that can be felt while urinating.
- Unusual discharge. Both men and women may experience a discharge especially with gonorrhea and chlamydia infections. The discharge is commonly white in gonorrhea and clear in Chlamydia. The discharge can be transmitted through direct contact.
- Warts. The human papilloma virus (HPV) is responsible for the genital wart STD symptom. The condition is treatable but there is a high chance for recurrence. Genital warts can progress to develop cervical cancer in women.
- Rash. This is a common STD symptom seen in syphilis. It consists of redness that can be scattered throughout or anywhere in the body but most commonly appear on the hands and feet. One could not get syphilis by merely touching the rash, but it is passed on through contact with an open sore, break in the skin, and wound.
- Infection. The presence of infection may progress to spread to other vital organs in the body once left untreated. A woman with gonorrhea or chlamydia infection involving her urinary tract may be at risk of infection to her reproductive organs that could lead to infertility.
- Scabies. Mites can produce STD symptoms by producing sores and extreme itchiness. These symptoms occur as the mite burrows on the skin and produce blisters which later produce painful sore as they begin to grow in clusters.
- Flu-like symptoms. These symptoms produce headache, fever, body malaise, weakness, cough, enlarged lymph nodes, and sore throat. The presence of viral infection initiates these STD symptoms that are most common manifestations in herpes.
It is recommended to consult the doctor immediately for any signs of these STD symptoms as the infection may easily spread and be transmitted to others. Safe sex is the most prudent decision in preventing STD.
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