Chlamydia treatments are available for the management of the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Individuals with chlamydia do not seek treatment mainly because they are not aware that they have the infection. Bacterial infection usually remains asymptomatic but in some cases, symptoms begin to manifest one to three weeks after contact.
- Chlamydia treatment is usually sought only when symptoms begin to manifest. About 70% of infection in women and 50% in men do not show any apparent symptoms. Common symptoms in women involve abnormal discharge with a foul odor; bleeding in between periods; abdominal pain; itching and burning sensation along the genital area; and painful urination. Men usually experience swelling and pain along the testicles; cloudy discharge; painful and swollen penis; burning and itching on the genitals; and painful urination.
- Chlamydia treatment is usually directed in controlling the infection once diagnosis is established. Appropriate diagnosis is required in order to administer the right chlamydia treatment. The doctor will likely take a swab from the cervix of a woman and urethra from men for pathology examination. Urine tests may also be done.
- Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed chlamydia treatment to manage the bacterial infection. There is the possibility for gonorrhea to be present with chlamydia infection. Antibiotics such as ofloxacin, doxycycline, azithromycin, and erythromycin are effective in the treatment of both infections. The curative rate for antibiotic administration for chlamydia treatment is 90%.
- Remission of infection is usually seen within two weeks after chlamydia treatment with antibiotics. It is important to take the complete dosage as prescribed by a physician. Severe infection may require intravenous administration of antibiotics with hospitalization for close monitoring.
- The absence of chlamydia treatment may result in the spreading of bacterial infection. Pelvic inflammatory disease may develop in women that can affect the fallopian tube. This condition increases the risk of infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and premature births. Pregnant women may pass on the infection to their baby with resulting eye infection, blindness, or pneumonia in the newborn. Progression of infection in men results to rectal inflammation, epididymitis, and urethral infection.
- Alternative chlamydia treatments are available. Sulphur homeopathic remedy, Medorrhinum homeopathic remedy, and Thuja homeopathic remedy are some of the few alternative treatments for chlamydia infection. It is important to consult your doctor before trying alternative treatment. Some treatments are not approved by the FDA and may have adverse effects without the supervision of a professional.