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Chlamydia: Complications

Complications Of Chlamydia

The early symptoms of chlamydia include- painful intercourse in women, vaginal discharge, penile discharge, difficult urination, etc. Sometimes these symptoms are very mild and are ignored. These symptoms appear after about two weeks of sexual contact. If chlamydia is left untreated, it can cause serious complications. In the early stage, antibiotics can clear chlamydia within a week or two and you become free of the disease. Afterwards, it becomes a long drawn process to get treated. Therefore it is important that you get treated immediately as soon as you see any symptoms described above. Your doctor will take a swab and test you. If the test is positive, you will be prescribed antibiotics. Let us find out about the later complications.

Chlamydia & Women:

Women may lose fertility if chlamydia is left untreated. Untreated chlamydia leads to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. This is an infection of the reproductive organs of women. The ovaries, cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes of a woman may get infected. If the disease progresses, she may lose her ability to be fertile. Many times, PID develops without showing any outer signs. Some women may have lot of pelvic pain with PID.

Chlamydia & Men:

Men may develop swelling and pain in the testicles. This is an inflammation that is quite painful. Men may also develop complications of the prostate gland.

Chlamydia & Eye Infection:

Your fingers may carry chlamydia infection, if you touch any secretion of a person suffering from it. If you touch infected fingers to your eyes, you may infect your eyes. Please consult your doctor immediately if you suspect any infection of eyes.

Article created on: August 24, 2006

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