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Gonorrhea is a common venereal disease (VD) or sexually transmitted disease (STD) of the genitourinary tract and, every now and then, the rectum, pharynx, and eyes. The organism that causes gonorrhea is the bacteria “Neisseria gonorrhoeae”. If left untreated, it can spread through the blood and cause serious complications. Thankfully, there is a gonorrhea cure.

The gonorrhea cure is antibiotics, but it takes a definite kind and dose to do the trick. Doctors will prescribe specific antibiotics to treat this disease. For uncomplicated gonorrhea, ceftriaxone is recommended for seven days. For treating gonorrhea with concurrent “Chlamydia trachomatis” infection (another kind of STD), doxycycline for seven days is recommended. These are the medications for infected adults and adolescents.

It’s important before any medical treatment, to know whether the infected individual has any drug allergies or sensitivities. For an infected pregnant female or those who are allergic to penicillin, the recommended gonorrhea cure is ceftriaxone and erythromycin for seven days. Another antibiotic, ciprofloxacin may also be recommended but is contraindicated and should not be given to pregnant or lactating women and adolescents under the age of 18.

In the case of eye involvement or “gonococcal conjunctivitis” in adults when contaminated hands have touched the eyes, the gonorrhea cure is also ceftriaxone and to wash the infected eye with saline solution. Babies too can contract gonorrhea when they pass through the birth canal of their infected mothers during delivery. They can contract “gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum”. Silver nitrate drops or erythromycin drops are applied to the baby’s eyes to prevent this infection.

A full week of correct antimicrobial treatment with antibiotics is the only gonorrhea cure. Drugs that relieve the symptoms aren’t the cure. Even if one notices that the symptoms are diminishing, the antibiotic medication should not be stopped until the treatment course is complete. It’s important to know that even if the symptoms are gone, one is still infectious until cultures or lab studies are negative for the gonorrhea causing bacteria.

The gonorrhea cure may be an easy treatment but one can be infected with the disease over and over again. Taking the complete course of medication is imperative so that none of the bacteria survives in the body. Not following through just because the symptoms are gone only harbors more bacteria to be resistant to medicine. And that means, more and more strains of gonorrhea bacteria are not responding to current treatment and it’s getting harder cure it. So if symptoms persist after treatment, consult your doctor immediately.

Antibiotics are the gonorrhea cure but before engaging in treatment, inform your doctor or healthcare provider of drug sensitivities or allergies you may have. Be sure to follow and complete the antimicrobial treatment. Always wash your hands and private parts with soap and water. Inform sexual partners so they can get treated as well. And remember, practice safe sex and use a condom.


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