Gonorrhea Treatment

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Gonorrhea Treatment

Gonorrhea treatment

     If gonorrhea treatment is applied in the initial phase of the disease before the appearance of complications, gonorrhea does not cause long time problems. Untreated, however, gonorrhea can cause many complications.

Initial gonorrhea treatment

     The treatment is achieved with antibiotics. This treatment is recommended in these cases:

  • People with positive tests for gonorrhea
  • Sex partners in the last 60 days of some patients with gonorrhea, even if there are no symptoms or if there was used the condoms or not
  • Infants of women infected with gonorrhea

     If one partner of a couple infected with gonorrhea are treated and the other not, there is the possibility of recurrence of disease in the couple. To prevent the recurrence of the disease, condom must be used and the partner should be treated as well.

Treatment if the condition gets worse

     Some strains of gonorrhea have become resistant to antibiotics; among them are penicillin, tetracycline and sulphamides. When bacteria become resistant, antibiotics can not kill the bacteria.

     In some countries, many strains of gonorrhea have become resistant to quinolones. For those infected with gonorrhea, in these areas there have been developed new treatment regimens.

     If there is a type of antibiotic resistance it will be tried the use of another antibiotic to treat the infection. If after a gonorrhea treatment, the symptoms still persist, is needed the retesting of the gonorrhea culture to determine if it comes to resistance to the used antibiotic.

Important facts about gonorrhea treatment

     Some people infected with gonorrhea shows they have also Chlamydia infection. Therefore in the gonorrhea treatment must be introduced antibiotics which can also treat Chlamydia too.

     A new infection can occur. The symptoms which are not remitted after treatment may be caused by the infection again with gonorrhea or with ineffective treatment, especially if there has been made a sexual contact with a person from an area of increased risk of antibiotic resistance. To prevent being infected again it is needed assessment and treatment of simultaneous partner. To treat the new infection antibiotics will be used.

     The pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious complication of gonorrhea which can cause infertility and in rare cases death. To prevent PID is needed immediate treatment of gonorrhea.

     Disseminated gonococcus infection (IGD) usually require hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics (IV) or intramuscularly (IM).

Home gonorrhea treatment

     This treatment is achieved with antibiotics, which usually leads to full treatment of the infection. If you are diagnosed with gonorrhea you should:

  • Manage the entire period prescribed by the doctor. If you skipped doses or the entire period of treatment is not realized, the disease might not resolved.
  • Avoiding intercourse during treatment. If the treatment consists of a single drug dose, wait for 7 days after dose administration before start the sexual relations
  • The partner must know that he must follow treatment even without the appearance of symptoms. The infection can spread even though no symptoms are present
  • Consult a doctor if symptoms recur after cessation of treatment or if new symptoms appear. It may be necessary to change antibiotic or revaluation.

     Once he learned that he has gonorrhea, a person may feel self reluctant or reluctant before the intercourse. Discussion with a psychologist or joining a discussion group composed of people with STDs can be helpful.