Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis (Chlamydia trachomatis). It can infect both men and women. However, men rarely have severe symptoms associated with chlamydia.
Symptoms of chlamydia in men include – pain when urinating; white, cloudy, or watery discharge from the penis; burning or itching in the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body), and pain in the testicles.
How can chlamydia infection be confirmed?
If symptoms of chlamydia are detected, it is necessary to seek medical help as soon as possible in order to prescribe tests for chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections. To detect chlamydia in men, various diagnostic methods can be used, which include:
- urine test;
- Microbiological examination of the secret from the pharynx;
- Blood analysis
What happens if chlamydia is not treated in men?
Chlamydial infections do not go away on their own and must be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, chlamydia in men can lead to:
- Chlamydial urethritis in men;
- non-gonococcal urethritis;
- reactive arthritis;
It should not be forgotten that chlamydia often causes no symptoms. If there is even a minimal risk of infection, the best option is to get tested as soon as possible to avoid long-term problems.
Chlamydia can be difficult to recognize among many sexually transmitted infections because it often causes no symptoms. If the examination of the patient reveals the presence of chlamydia, most likely, a course of antibiotic treatment will be required. Do not forget to complete the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Treatment for chlamydia usually includes the antibiotics azithromycin and doxycycline. Chlamydia treatment is the same for men and women. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics in one large dose or in a series of smaller doses over a period of 7 days.
Also, the patient should remember to notify their last sexual partners so that they can also be examined and treated if necessary.