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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. It can infect the mucous membranes of the cervix, urethra, rectum, and throat. It can also affect the eyes and joints. Gonorrhea is highly contagious and spreads through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact.
In many cases, gonorrhea produces no symptoms. When symptoms do develop, they may appear within 1 to 14 days. The symptoms of gonorrhea vary depending on the site of infection.
- The most common symptom of gonorrhea is a thick, pus-like discharge from the genitals.
- In women, the discharge may be yellow or green and have a foul odor.
- In men, the discharge is usually white and watery.
- Gonorrhea of the throat may cause soreness, but usually produces no symptoms.
- Gonorrhea of the eyes may cause pain, redness, discharge, and swollen eyelids.
- Gonorrhea of the rectum may cause rectal pain, discharge, and bleeding.
Gonorrhea is often diagnosed by testing a urine sample. Your doctor may also swab the genitals or rectum to test for gonorrhea. The swab is then sent to a lab for analysis. In some cases, a blood test may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Gonorrhea can usually be treated with antibiotics. Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment based on the type of infection. Common treatments include:
- Single-dose antibiotics: These are taken as a single dose or several doses over a few days.
- Doxycycline: This is taken twice daily for one week.
- Azithromycin: This is taken as a single dose.
It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to you, even if your symptoms go away. Not completing the full course of treatment can lead to drug resistance.
If you have been diagnosed with gonorrhea, it is important to abstain from sexual contact until your infection has been treated. Additionally, your doctor may recommend that your sexual partner(s) be tested and treated for gonorrhea as well.
Gonorrhea can usually be treated with antibiotics. It is important to complete the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor in order to reduce the risk of drug resistance. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health complications.
How do I get a prescription for gonorrhea? You will need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and prescription. Your doctor may take a urine sample or swab the genitals or rectum for testing.
Can gonorrhea be treated immediately? Yes, gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics. However, it is important to complete the entire course of treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Can I treat gonorrhea by myself? No, you should not attempt to treat gonorr