Gonorrhea: Latest Facts, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Treatment of Gonorrhea

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You can treat and cure this infection easily, particularly when you seek help earlier. Antibiotics are the choice treatments for combating it.

As a result of the rising incidence of antibiotic resistance, your doctor may recommend two drug forms: pill and injection. Ceftriaxone injection and oral azithromycin are currently the preferred options for treating gonorrhea.

Erythromycin ointment may be used to prevent eye infections in newborns.

It is crucial to complete your full treatment course before having sex with your partner again. Being cured of gonorrhea doesn’t make you immune to future infection.

Complications of Gonorrhea

Without treatment, N. gonorrhoeae can move from the point of primary infection to other parts of the body. The infection can spread to the skin, joints, and other organs.

Untreated gonorrhea can cause the following complications, among others:

  • Infection of the tubes carrying sperm from the testicles in men
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women
  • Infertility
  • Fever
  • Inflammation or swelling of tendons and joints
  • Meningitis
  • Skin redness and irritation
  • Pain in the scrotum
  • Septic arthritis
  • Blindness in both infants and adults as a result of conjunctivitis.

In rare cases, the infection may reach the heart and result in endocarditis.

The foregoing underscores the importance of prevention or at least prompt diagnosis and, treatment of gonorrhea.

References

https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats18/gonorrhea.htm

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