A sexually transmitted infection, Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis. This common sexually transmitted disease condition affects both men and women alike. A staggering 92 million individuals through out the world contract Chlamydia infection every single year.
The most dangerous aspect of Chlamydia infection is the fact that this STI is mostly asymptomatic in nature. This means that the infected individual can unwittingly transmit this sexually transmitted disease condition to his or her healthy partner when he or she engages in unprotected sex.
Symptoms Of Chlamydia
Sometimes referred to as the ‘silent disease’, Chlamydia affects as many as eight in ten women and five in ten men globally. Although Chlamydia infection is mostly asymptomatic, some subtle symptoms have been observed in the infected individual. Typical symptoms of Chlamydia can be noticed approximately one to three weeks after the person has contracted the infection.
The parts of the anatomy which are affected by this infection include the genital area, throat, mouth and the eyes. Some common symptoms of Chlamydia which can be seen in both men and women have been discussed in this article.
Women who have contracted Chlamydia infection by engaging in unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex may observe an unusual and often foul smelling discharge from their vagina approximately three weeks after being infected. A sudden increase in vaginal discharge accompanied by change in the odor, color and consistency of the discharge is a typical sign of an underlying sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Bleeding between monthly menstrual cycles, extreme pain while passing urine and a stabbing pain in the lower abdominal region are some of the other symptoms of Chlamydia typically observed among women.
Men who have contracted this sexually transmitted infection may observe a creamy or yellow colored discharge from their penis approximately one week after being infected. Some men who have contracted this infection complain of a severe burning sensation around the genitals. Severe pain while passing urine is another symptom of Chlamydia.
Chlamydia Symptoms In The Throat
Having oral sex with an infected partner can increase an individual’s chances of suffering from Chlamydia sore throat. Chlamydia throat infections are very similar to normal throat infections. This makes it all the more difficult for doctors to diagnose whether an individual is suffering from a common sore throat or Chlamydia throat infection.
A person who has contracted Chlamydia infection by engaging in oral sex with an infected partner may experience dryness in his or her throat. As the infection progresses, the person may complain of extreme pain while swallowing food and water. The infected person may also develop high grade fever and a bad cough.
Symptoms Of Chlamydia Infection Of The Eye
Chlamydia trachomatis can lead to severe eye infection. A person who has contracted this STI infection may observe redness in his or her eyes.
The whites of the eye and the inner eyelids will become extremely red in color. In fact, the symptoms of Chlamydia infection of the eye are very similar to a typical eye infection. A person infected with Chlamydia may also observe swelling of his or her eyelid, along with light sensitivity and a watery discharge from the eyes.