One of the prevalent symptoms of Chlamydia in both women and men is abnormal discharge. In women, abnormal vaginal discharge occurs as a symptom, while a white, cloudy or watery discharge from the penis occurs in men.
The vaginal discharge is usually fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix and this fluid carry away dead cells and bacteria thereby keeping the vagina clean and helps prevent infections. However, when infections like Chlamydia occur, this vaginal discharge that is usual and normal becomes infected and the color and odor change drastically. When the discharge is Chlamydia discharge, the color becomes grey or yellow with fish-smell odor and itching or burning.
There is also evidence of redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva which are other symptoms that accompany the discharge and confirm it as Chlamydia discharge.
CHLAMYDIA DISCHARGE IN MEN
The major symptom of Chlamydia in men is penile discharge. The discharge that the penis emits when a person is infected with Chlamydia can be watery and clear, or opaque and cloudy containing pus, and on some occasions, it can contain blood. The Chlamydia discharge can be odorless or have an unpleasant smell.
Discharge from the penis is not typical nor is it normal thus when the penis begins to discharge any thin, thick, clear, or cloudy substance that is either tainted with blood or not, then it could be as a result of Chlamydia infection. Chlamydia discharge in men is often accompanied by one or more symptoms easy to spot changes that help ascertain that the abnormal discharge is borne out of Chlamydia infection.
These accompanying symptoms are:
- Painful urination;
- Burning and itching around the opening of the penis;
- Pain in the testicles;
- Swelling around the testicles, etc.
CHLAMYDIA DISCHARGE IN WOMEN
Unlike in men, the vagina typically, naturally, and usually produces moisture to keep the vaginal tissues lubricated. Thus, it is difficult to tell whether Chlamydia discharge is present or not or whether the discharge is the typical, natural, and usual fluid produced by the vaginal tissues.
For vaginal discharge to be termed as ‘abnormal,’ the discharge has to be present in larger amounts, be of a different colour, have a bad odor, or be accompanied by some other symptoms.
This discharge is a symptom of Chlamydia and it has the following qualities:
- It could be thin and watery or thick and viscous;
- The Chlamydia discharge can be clear, white or yellow;
- It can be tainted with blood; and
- It can also vary in amount from barely noticeable to very pronounce in quantity.
Due to the fact that vaginal discharge is typical, natural, and usual in women, it is best to undergo tests frequently to ascertain if it is the typical, natural, and usual discharge or discharge as a result of Chlamydia infection. However, when it is Chlamydia discharge, there are usually accompanying symptoms that confirm that the vaginal discharge is Chlamydia discharge.
These accompanying symptoms are:
- Bleeding between periods and/or heavier periods;
- Painful period;
- Pain when urinating;
- Pain during sex and/or bleeding after sex;
- Abdominal pain accompanied by fever;
- Itching or burning in or around the vagina, etc.
PREVENTION OF CHLAMYDIA DISCHARGE
Chlamydia discharge can be prevented by diligently adhering to the following:
- Use condoms properly and correctly during anal or vaginal sex;
- Use dental dams or condoms properly during oral or anal sex;
- Sterilize sex toys or use condoms appropriately;
- Keep the number of sex partners at the barest minimum and do not go back and forth between sex partners;
- Abstinence from sex;
- Do not share sharp objects like razor blades, needles, syringes, etc.
TREATMENT OF CHLAMYDIA DISCHARGE
A short course of antibiotics is all that is needed to treat Chlamydia discharge. The antibiotics are usually oral but could also be administered intravenously. Two (2) of the most prescribed antibiotics are:
- Azithromycin (Zithromax); and
Azithromycin (Zithromax) is an antibiotic used in the treatment of a number of bacterial infections such as gonorrhea, syphilis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Chlamydia, etc. It is prescribed for oral use in the case of mild Chlamydia; however, women with severe Chlamydia infection may require hospitalization and Azithromycin (Zithromax) administered intravenously with doses once a day.
Doxycycline is useful in the treatment of a variety of bacterial infections (as listed above) inclusive of Chlamydia. It works by stopping the growth and spread of bacteria especially Chlamydia trachomatis. This medication is best taken orally on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, usually, 1 or 2 times daily suffices or for better efficiency. It should be taken as prescribed by the doctor.
White, cloudy, or watery discharge emitting from the penis or vagina is a very bad sign, it suggests that there is an infection. Sometimes, this discharge may be as a result of Chlamydia infection. After adequate tests and it is confirmed that it is Chlamydia, the person should quickly treat the infection.