Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease known to many of us as “clap.” It is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria that has the ability to thrive in moist and warm parts of the body, such as the mouth, rectum, urethra, and cervix, and multiply fast.

The symptoms

Once a person gets infected with gonorrhea, he or she may not exhibit any symptom at first. Gonorrhea symptoms are generally mild and they show up after about a couple of days since first exposure to the bacterium.

Some of the most common symptoms of gonorrhea are fever, pain in the abdominal area, nausea, and pain during sexual intercourse.

In men, there may be a few additional symptoms of gonorrhea that include yellowish or light brownish discharge from their penises, and/or painful or burning sensation during urination. If left untreated, the infection can reach the prostate and may lead to sterility.

In women, the common symptoms of gonorrhea include pain the lower abdominal area, strange colored discharge from the vagina, pain or burning sensation when urinating, abnormal or irregular bleeding, vaginal irritation, and others. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the other parts of the reproductive system and attack the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. This can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or PID.

Testing

It is necessary to get tested for gonorrhea as soon as the symptoms manifest. Gonorrhea testing will help determine how bad the infection has become and know what the best treatment to use.

Go to a doctor or the nearest health center to get tested for gonorrhea.

Treatment

Because gonorrhea is caused by bacteria, the treatment for gonorrhea is usually antibiotics. There are various kinds of antibiotics prescribed to gonorrhea patients, and it is best that you consult a doctor to know which type of treatment is the most suited for you.

Alternatively, you can try homemade treatments for gonorrhea. These are natural and organic substances that may help get rid of the infection.

Barley is said to provide relief to the pains experienced by gonorrhea patients. By consuming it along with fruits, oats, and drinking lots of water, a patient’s discomfort may be eased a little bit.

There are also herbs that gonorrhea patients may want to try. Babool leaves, Virddadadaru, Bala or Beejbanda, Shata Dhouta Ghrita, Saribadyarishta, and Guduchi are also said to be effective in treating gonorrhea.