If you & # 39; ve been diagnosed with, or exposed to chlamydia, you may be wondering just how dangerous is it?
Will they come back like herpes? Could this be caused by brain damage, such as syphilis? There is a chance, you & # 39; ll dies as AIDS?
Most women, 75% of the infected have no symptoms and therefore do not realize that the & # 39; ve been infected with chlamydia. When symptoms do occur you may be confused with urinary tract infections or vaginal yeast infection. Burning urination or vaginal secretions are the most common symptoms, but when the infection reaches higher than the cervix or fallopian tubes and abdominal pain may occur, as well as fever, nausea, back pain, pain in intercourse, or abnormal menstrual bleeding. It & # 39; It s important that your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
Because many women are not typical warning symptoms, and because the infection is sometimes mistaken for something else, damaged, even before the woman knows & # 39; It s infected. Up to 40% of untreated women finally, pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause chronic pelvic pain, infertility, or blockage of the fallopian tubes.
Usually the damage is not life-threatening. However, if the fallopian tubes have become sufficiently scarred, ectopic pregnancy (ectopic pregnancy) may occur. If it is not detected in time, the tube is broken, which internal bleeding, which can be fatal.
Another scary fact: if you already have chlamydia, and then exposed to HIV, you & # 39; 4-5 times more likely to be infected with HIV, as if no chlamydia. STDs are run in pairs. The risk of a person infected with a sexually transmitted disease contracted in the second too high.
is a potential complication of premature birth in pregnant women infected with chlamydia. Infected mothers can pass the disease to babies who suffer from infections of the eyes, or lungs, or even pneumonia.
As for the men, and up to half of infected people are not symptoms, so pass the disease without knowing it. Those who do not have symptoms usually show burning urination, and thus disrupt this STD urinary tract infection. Occasionally an infection of the urethra and bladder up to the epididymis, behind which the pain in the testicles, and sometimes fever, and sometimes sterility.
If you have any of these symptoms contact your doctor immediately before irreversible damage occurs. If you have no symptoms, but may worry was exposed, contact your doctor as well. Any sexually active person (anyone who does not) be tested yearly chlamydia, especially 25 years of age and younger (except those related to long-term monogamous completely, who has never been at risk of contracting chlamydia). All pregnant women to be tested.
Antibiotic treatment is effective, but may not be able to reverse scarring protracted infection and should not be put off seeing a doctor for this potentially serious infection.
Copyright 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, MD