Introduction to Gonorrhea
The continuous spread of Gonorrhea in New York, USA has been one of the topmost concerns of healthcare providers since a decade now.
According to a report curated by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the number of cases registered as Gonorrhea in New York in 2017 is 350,062 which is shocking as well as concerning.
This is a significant increase of 7% from 2015 and 2016, further indicating that Sexually Transmitted Diseases are on a substantial rise which risks the entire population.
Here are few details about the diseases, listed in terms of Gonorrhea symptoms in women and men, facts and cure.
- Gonorrhoea is an infection caused in the genital tract
- Gonorrhea does not spread on simple physical touch like shaking hands, sitting together and hugging.
- The symptoms of Gonorrhea show themselves only after 14 days of exposure.
- In case Gonorrhea goes untreated or undiagnosed, then it might cause infertility in both men and women.
- Since 2015, from Britain, a rare type of drug-resistant “super gonorrhoea” is on the rise. This type of Gonorrhea does not responds to antibiotics and is possible to claim lives.
Symptoms in Women
Gonorrhea in Women tends to appear more earlier than in Men. Gonorrhea symptoms in women might appear more milder than in men, and is at times mistaken for simple bladder infection.
Some Gonorrhea symptoms in women are:
- Vaginal bleeding in between the periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Pelvic or Abdominal pain
- Pain while urinating
- Vaginal discharge more than usual
Pregnancy and Gonorrhea in Women
In case of a pregnant women is infected with Gonorrhea, then chances are that at the time of delivery, the infection might pass on to the child as well.
It becomes relatively more important to get yourself tested for Gonorrhea when you are pregnant as it can lead to deadly results and long-lasting impact on the new born baby as well.
In case Gonorrhea goes un-diagnosed, then what happens
As 50 percent of time, the symptoms of Gonorrhea goes unnoticed or often confused with flu-like illness and bladder infection; the untreated condition can lead to Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI).
In this condition, the bacteria causing Gonorrhea spreads to blood, skin, heart, and joints as well.
Here are few symptoms of DGI which usually progress after 2-15 days of getting infected:
- Chills and fever
- Swelling or joint pain
- Heel tendons and painful wrist
- Skin rash
- Symptoms of meningitis--like stiff and painful neck, headaches, vomiting, seizures and confusion.
In order to avoid any deadly consequences, it is important to consult a doctor and getting yourself proper medications.
Symptoms in Men
The Gonorrhea symptoms can usually be confused with flu which can progress longer than usual.
Gonorrhea symptoms usually takes 1-10 days to show themselves in case of men, which is relatively same as that of women. Here are basic symptoms of Gonorrhea in men:
- Green-white or Yellow-white discharge from the penis
- Inflamed eye
- Rectal pain, discharge, or even bleeding
- Painful and frequent urination
- Scrotal or Testicular pain
- Itching and burning around the opening of the penis
- Sore throat
Common Gonorrhea symptoms in both Men and Women
Eyes: The eyes of a Gonorrhea infected individual would appear slightly pinkish and swollen. This condition is also termed as conjunctivitis.
Rectum: An individual infected with Gonorrhea might face problems with bowel movements, like pain during the bowel activity and bleeding from anus. In case of females, the Gonorrhea usually spreads through anal sex. It is being noted and told with certainty by medical practitioners that the bacteria causing Gonorrhea spreads after using wipes in washroom activities. This means that there has to be an adoption of an alternate hygiene technique to curb the spread of bacteria.
Throat and Joints: Swollen lymph nodes or sore throat are one of the common symptoms affecting men and women infected with Gonorrhea. Moving towards joints, the bacteria causing Gonorrhea triggers septic arthritis in the body which can deteriorate with time.
Few recognizable symptoms of septic arthritis is swollen and painful joints which can turn red as well. It is better to adopt some home remedies in order to curb the joint pains. In case the pain worsens then it is advised to have a doctor consultation.
How to treat Gonorrhea?
Getting yourself diagnosed with Gonorrhea will be the first step as only then you can be provided with a medication.
Even after you know that the symptoms listed are close to what you experience, it is important to get yourself medically examined first in order to avoid further complications in diagnosis.
You can visit our STD Testing center and get yourself properly checked under the supervision of our medical practitioners who will guide you medically as well as psychologically.
You can book a gonorrhea test with us online or telephonically, and then while maintaining the confidentiality agreement and minimal paperwork, we will provide you with results within 1-2 business days.
In case you feel you have Gonorrhea, then what to do?
Self-diagnosis is never recommended by any health care professionals. It is important to confirm and while it is a psychologically challenging situation, it is advised to not panic and maintain your calm during the process of STD testing.
You can speak to our medical counsellors as well over phone in order to get a verbal clarity about the disease. While getting yourself checked, it is important to know the consequences of the disease and the progression rate at which it can rise.
Maintain your calm, do not panic and book an appointment with us in our centers in New York and we will be able to assist you from start to finish of the whole diagnosis and cure cycle.