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Chlamydia, commonly referred to as the silent disease, is known to develop with no evident symptoms, thus adding to its reputation of one of the most infamous sexually transmitted diseases. Be that as it may, regardless whether it is diagnosed during regular annual screening or following the discovery of symptoms, it is necessary to commence with Chlamydia treatment straight away, as the consequences of untreated Chlamydia may be grave and severely damage one’s quality of life.

Fortunately, chlamydia is treated in a fairly straightforward manner – most often with a weekly dose of antibiotics. According to statistics, if treatment starts promptly after the diagnosis and if it is conducted properly, there is almost a 100 % chance of recovery. It should be noted that not all antibiotics may help during chlamydia treatment, which is why a single dose of azithromycin or a weekly dose of doxycycline is used. Both treatment methods are considered equally successful, with azithromycin being less time consuming.

Different antibiotics are prescribed in cases of allergies or pregnancy. Furthermore, the doctor may prescribe a 10 – 14 days long therapy if he has other concerns. Azithromycin, amoxicillin and erythromycin are the desired options if a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding. Most importantly, if a woman is using various forms of contraceptive medication, the antibiotics will not affect their effectiveness at all and there is no risk of pregnancy.

The side effects of Chlamydia treatment are mild to non-existent and are often encountered in any treatment including antibiotics. Occasionally, skin rashes, stomach pain or diarrhoea may occur and in women, a yeast infection may develop.

There are several aspects of Chlamydia treatment which the patient must keep in mind for its successful completion. The patient must take the prescribed medications in an orderly manner and not forget a single dose. as Chlamydia is often accompanied by diseases such as Gonnorhea, it is considered appropriate that the patient gets tested to other related types of sexually transmitted diseases, as well.

The sexual partner should also go through Chlamydia testing, as the disease is transmitted easily through unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sexual intercourse. If the partner is not treated and has already been infected, Chlamydia may be transmitted back and forth until both partners have been successfully treated. It is of the utmost importance to abstain from intercourse during the course of the treatment and it is commonly recommended that the patient continues doing so a week following the completion of the treatment. As part of Chlamydia treatment, patients are advised to contact all their sexual partners from the previous six months and recommend they get tested.

Normally, patients are not asked to get retested following the treatment. Retesting is undertaken only when the symptoms have not disappeared or when the medication was not taken regularly. Both female and male patients should get re-tested approximately three months after the successful completion of Chlamydia treatment, as the disease has the propensity to reoccur.


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