A comprehensive overview of gonorrhea covering subjects as symptoms, diagnostics, research, causes and pictures
Almost half of the sick people present no symptoms. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) is from 2 to 5 days, but there are times when symptoms do occur even after 30 days.
Gonorrhea can provide symptoms only when it has spread to other parts of the body.
Gonorrhea symptoms in women
In women the initial symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for a bladder infection or a vaginal infection. The symptoms may include:
Gonorrhea symptoms in men
In men, symptoms are more serious, men going to the doctor for treatment before complications occur. There are men who don't have or have mild symptoms, they unwittingly transmitting the disease. The symptoms may include:
Symptoms of gonorrhea that has spread to other parts than the genitals (disseminated gonococcus infection) include:
Gonorrhea in children
During birth, gonococci can infect the conjunctiva, pharynx, respiratory tract and the anal canal of the child. If membranes will break early, the risk of infection increases dramatically.
Gonococcus eye can be prevented by prophylactic administration of the eye drops containing silver nitrate or erythromycin.
Since the new born children do not show in their circulation the class IgM antibodies directed against gonorrhea, they are very exposed in front of the Gonococcus bacteria. In most cases, the infection that begins in the first year of life is due to accidental infection of the eye or the vagina of the child, by an adult who does not respect the strict hygiene rules.
Till the age of a teenager, most cases of gonorrhea is the emergence of vulvo-vaginal in girls who are aggressed; in such cases it should be identified the infection strains, which can be used as evidence in court, the isolated strain of the victim being identical to the one solated from the aggressor.
Gonorrhea causes no long term problems if treated in time, before complications occur.
Health professional should be done immediately, if there are symptoms such as:
The physician should be asked if an assessment is needed in the following situations:
The consultation should be done when a person has unprotected sex with someone who has or is suspected of having a sexually transmitted disease.