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The Complications of Chlamydia Infection

Date:2012-04-16 click:

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is more common among women than in men especially those who are below the age of 24. It is a sexually transmitted disease. It transmits through vaginal, oral or anal sex. Though a very serious infection, it can be easily treated with the help of antibacterial drugs. However, it should be treated right at the onset to prevent worst effects such as sterility. An effort has been made in this article to introduce you to the complications that arise due to negligence of Chlamydia.

The worst part of the Chlamydia infection is that it remains asymptomatic in a great number of people that remains untreated. Asymptomatic doesn’t mean that it will not cause any damage. It is just that it is not seen or felt by the person who’s affected. It is recommended to get screened for Chlamydia, especially women who are below the age of 24 and those who are sexually active and have intercourse with various people.
As said earlier, Chlamydia remains asymptomatic in a great number of people. Symptoms caused by Chlamydia infection vary among men and women. In women, Chlamydia infection causes symptoms such as severe pain while urination, soaring pelvic region, excessive vaginal discharge, pain in the lower abdominal region, bleeding, fever and itching. If Chlamydia is left untreated it spreads to the fallopian tubes and uterus and causes severe damage which in some cases results in infertility due to severely damaged fallopian tubes. It may also result in severe pelvic inflammatory diseases that also result in fertility problems. Another serious complication seen in women is ectopic pregnancy during which the fertile eggs get attached at a location other than the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are very dangerous and may sometimes prove to be fatal. Endometriosis is another complication during which the endometrium, the inner layer of the uterus shows abnormal growth resulting in premature birth of the babies and may sometimes even lead to abortion. It may also lead to infection of the outer layers of the liver which is termed as perihepatitis.
Different set of symptoms are seen in men. Symptoms that are most commonly seen in men infected with Chlamydia include painful testicles, pain in the penis, slight fever and discharge from urethra. As in women, untreated Chlamydia results in sterility in men. Another rare complication seen in men infected with Chlamydia infection is the reiter’s syndrome that affects the joints. Chlamydia infection causes severe pain in both men and women while having sex. In very rare cases Chlamydia infection results in death.
Though a serious disease, it can be easily treated with a single dose of antibiotics and some herbal remedies such as Doxycycline and "Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill". Pregnant women have to be very careful as they pass the infection to the babies if they are infected with Chlamydia. In new born babies it results in death, pneumonia and even eye diseases such as conjunctivitis and infection of the mouth and throat.
To avoid the Chlamydia complications, it is recommended to have protective sex. It is also essential to avoid having sex if you are tested positive for Chlamydia. If you are infected, it is essential that your partner is also screened for the presence of bacterium.

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