Hello peeps, thank God its friyay! I am so excited about this coming weekend because I need some rest.
I hope you had a stress-free week? In case you didn’t , please find time to rest during the weekend because rest is essential if you must function maximally.
I started talking about infertility and its causes last week, in case you missed my last post, you can read it here…
I am going to continue from where I stopped by proceeding to:
THE TREATMENT OF GONORRHEA
The treatment of gonorrhea is strictly by combination of antibiotics. It is very important that you and your partner get treated even if you/your partner is not showing any sign of the infection, so as to prevent re-infection by the carrier.
According to Center for Disease Prevention and Control: uncomplicated gonorrhea be treated only with the antibiotic ceftriaxone given as an injection in combination with either azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) or doxycycline (Monodox, Vibramycin, others) two antibiotics that are taken orally.
Babies who are born by mothers who are with gonorrhea should receive antibiotic eye ointment after birth to prevent eye infection. If infection develops, antibiotics should be given.
NB: do not do self medication, always seek professional medical advise from your health care provider.
If Gonorrhea is left untreated, the followings are the possible complications:
- Infertility in women. Untreated gonorrhea can spread into the uterus and Fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may result in scarring of the tubes, greater risk of pregnancy complications and infertility. PID is a serious infection that requires immediate treatment.
- Infertility in men. Men with untreated gonorrhea can experience epididymitis — inflammation of a small, coiled tube in the rear portion of the testicles where the sperm ducts are located (epididymis). Epididymitis is treatable, but if left untreated, it may lead to infertility.
- Infection that spreads to the joints and other areas of your body. The bacterium that causes gonorrhea can spread through the bloodstream and infect other parts of your body, including your joints. Fever, rash, skin sores, joint pain, swelling and stiffness are possible results.
- It increases your risk of HIV/AIDS. People who have both gonorrhea and HIV can easily pass both diseases more readily to their partners.
- Complications in babies. Babies who contract gonorrhea from their mothers during birth can develop blindness, sores on the scalp and infections.
However, Gonorrhea can be prevented. “Prevention is better than cure” this can not be over emphasized.
some of the prevention includes:
- Complete abstinence from sex is the most reliable way to prevent gonorrhea. But if you choose to have sex, use a condom during any type of sexual contact.
- Before the initiation of sexual intercourse with new partner find out whether your partner has been tested for sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea. If not, ask whether he or she would be willing to be tested.
- If your partner has signs or symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, such as burning during urination or a genital rash or sore, don’t have sex with that person.
- Go for regular annual screening if you are sexually active and you are less than 25 years of age and for older women at increased risk of infection, also those who have a new sex partner, if you have more than one sexual partner, or if your sexual partner has a sexually transmitted infection.
Regular screening is also recommended for men who have sex with men, as well as their partners.
To avoid reinfection with gonorrhea, abstain from unprotected sex for seven days after you and your sex partner have completed treatment and after the symptoms has subsided.
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I wish you a restful weekend.
lots of love.
Adenike Oladimeji (RN).
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