Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria named chlamydia trachomatis. Men and women who are indulged in any type of unprotected sexual activities can catch chlamydia. Chlamydia can remain silent in the body for years without symptoms. It can cause serious complications in females if it is left untreated such as infertility, Pelvic inflammatory diseases, and ectopic pregnancy. Males do not experience any serious health problems but they can also face fertility issues. Chlamydia can easily be cured with antibiotics.

What are Symptoms of Chlamydia?

A 90% of chlamydial infected individuals are unaware of their infection as the disease does not exhibit symptoms. You can experience symptoms when they occur, in one to three weeks of exposure to the bacteria. The symptoms can be vaginal discharges and vaginal bleeding with pain when involved in sexual activities in females whereas males may experience pain, discharges and swelling in testicles.

How To Get Rid Of Chlamydia Fast?

How To Get Rid Of Chlamydia Fast?

Your physician can easily treat chlamydia with antibiotic therapy as chlamydia is a bacterial infection. He can prescribe you single dose or doses to be consumed daily for 7 days. You can get rid of the infection in one to two weeks of treatment. You should avoid sexual activities for at least one week till the course of antibiotics is completed. This is because you may get re-infection or you may infect your partner. Re-infected chlamydia becomes difficult to treat as you may develop resistance against the previously consumed antibiotic.

The best way to get rid of chlamydia fast is to follow the medication instructions of your physician and a avoid any type of sexual activity. If you do not finish the course of antibiotics, chlamydia can come back and complicate your case by damaging your reproductive organs.

The antibiotics can clear your infection but they cannot revert back the damage happened to your reproductive organs. The commonly used antibiotics to tackle chlamydia are Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Levofloxacin, and Ofloxacin. These antibiotics have shown 95 to 100% effective results in the treatment of chlamydia. The treatment remains same for HIV positive and HIV negative patients. The antibiotics are able to kill the bacteria. They might represent side effects like nausea, diarrhea, pain, and cramps in abdomen, itching in the vagina, etc.

Pregnant women are also successively and safely treated for chlamydia with antibiotics like azithromycin, amoxicillin, and erythromycin. Doxycycline is not recommended for pregnant women.

Once the treatment of chlamydia is complete, you and your partner should be tested for chlamydia after three months to ensure complete eradication of the infection and check whether your partner has not caught it.

What can be Complications of Delayed Treated or Untreated or Improperly Treated Chlamydia?

Some people ignore the infection that may complicate the case. Untreated or improperly treated chlamydia have ill effects on health and treatment both. If left untreated, the chances of contracting other STD like gonorrhea or HIV increases. The patient may develop reactive arthritis as a consequence.

Females develop serious affections for reproduction system and can become infertile. She can also suffer from Pelvic inflammatory diseases and ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia may induce premature birth, stillbirth and low weight baby in untreated cases of chlamydia during pregnancy. Untreated chlamydial infected pregnant women can transmit the infection to their unborn infants during delivery. Infants of infected pregnant women may develop chlamydial conjunctivitis and pneumonia if exposed to the bacteria during birth.

Conclusion

Avoidance of sex during treatment will help you to recover fast and prevent reinfection and transmission of bacteria. Untreated and improperly managed chlamydia can cause complications in reproductive organs and increase the risk of getting another STD.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: May 2, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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