Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted disease that can be contracted by having sex with a gonorrhea-infected person. Whether you are male or female, you are at risk of having the disease if you do not practice the proper precaution to protect yourself from contracting the infection.

Considered one of the most contagious diseases out there, gonorrhea is very common in the warmer places of the earth. It affects throngs and throngs of people every year, so it is important that we educate ourselves of how to prevent it, and how to know if we have it.

Symptoms in Men

Men and women manifest different symptoms of gonorrhea. The following are the most common symptoms of gonorrhea in men:

  • Urinating more frequently than usual even he has not drunk any excess liquids
  • A strange-colored discharge, usually green, yellow, or white, from the penis tip
  • A powerful stinging or burning sensation during urination
  • The penis tip becomes red in color and sore
  • Feeling pain in the groin area because of swollen testicles
  • Infections in the throat
  • Infections in the rectum, which may also be swollen

 Those are just a few of the gonorrhea symptoms common in men. There are some gonorrhea cases in men where no symptoms at all are being manifested. It is necessary that he gets tested for gonorrhea immediately before he can transmit the disease to other people and also protect himself from other complications.

Symptoms in Women

The following are some of the common gonorrhea symptoms in women:

  • Infections in the throat
  • Infections in the rectum, which may also be swollen
  • Bleeding and soreness in the anal area
  • Itching in the rectum area
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Increase in vaginal discharge
    Powerful burning sensation when urinating

Aside from those enumerated above, women who have untreated gonorrhea may suffer from PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. They will also risk spreading the disease to their womb, fallopian tubes, and other internal organs. That is why it is strongly recommended to undergo a gonorrhea test as soon as you suspect that you have been infected with it.

Gonorrhea treatment

There are various ways to treat gonorrhea. The US Center for Disease Control recommends the following medications:

Cefixime, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, doxycycline, and ofloxacin. There are other alternatives available for patients that are allergic to those meds. Make sure that you consult your doctor so that he or she can help you find the right treatment for you.