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Gonorrhea is regarded as the “Silent Invader” because many cases have …

Gonorrhea is regarded as the “Silent Invader” because many cases have
no symptoms and the inf ection is diagnosed usually through routine
check-up or medical examination aimed at another illness. If there are
symptoms at all, some manif estations are distinct between males and
f emales.

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  • 1. st dt m m/go no rrhea-sympto ms-in-men-wo men-ho w-to -kno w-if-yo u-go t-clap/ Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men & Women: How to Know If You Got Clap? STD Tips Octo ber 3, 2013 Gonorrhea is regarded as the “Silent Invader” because many cases have no symptoms and the inf ection is diagnosed usually through routine check-up or medical examination aimed at another illness. If there are symptoms at all, some manif estations are distinct between males and f emales. T his article discusses what gonorrhea is, its causative mechanism, clinical f eatures or signs and symptoms, how it is contracted, how it looks, and a couple of slang terms f or this kind of inf ection. Clinical Features T he main clinical f eatures or signs and symptoms of gonorrhea are oral lesions. Gonococcal stomatitis pharyngitis are rare and of ten the result of oral sex. T he f ollowing are generally true of oral lesions associated with gonorrhea: T he clinical signs and symptoms of gonorrhea are nonspecif ic; T here is redness and inf lammation; T he af f ected areas experience burning sensation and itching; T here are very rare cases of erosions and ulcers covered with whitish pseudomembrane; T he oral f orm of the inf ection may be asymptomatic and the af f licted person will not be alerted of his/her condition. Meanwhile, pharyngeal features from oral sex may include: Dif f use or patchy erythema and edema; Sore throat; and Very small pustules on the tonsillar pillars and uvula. How Do You Get Gonorrhea? Gonorrhea is contracted through contact with the vagina, penis, mouth or anus of an inf ected person. Contrary to f aulty understanding of saf e sexual practice, ejaculation does not have to occur f or gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired. Gonorrhea can also be spread f rom mother to baby during delivery. Individuals who have contracted gonorrhea and have received treatment may get inf ected again if they have sexual intercourse with a person who is inf ected with the disease. Gonorrhea lives in the semen and in vaginal secretions of inf ected individuals. Eye, mouth, and anus inf ections can occur in either gender. Women are likely to get inf ected in the cervix or the urinary tract. Meanwhile, men get inf ected in the urethra or epididymis. Gonorrhea can be spread through the blood or the joints. What are the Symptoms of Gonorrhea?
  • 2. As earlier mentioned, some men and women who are inf ected do not experience symptoms. Asymptomatic gonorrheal inf ections can theref ore be unknowingly transmitted to an unsuspecting partner. When symptoms do occur, they become visible about two to f ive days af ter a person has been inf ected. Men experience symptoms gonorrhea-related more of ten than women. Conversely, women are less likely to experience symptoms and the symptoms are more commonly mistaken f or bladder problems or inf ection of the urinary tract. Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men Because of the higher likelihood of symptoms of gonorrhea in men, most of them know it when they have it. T he symptoms that manif est f or penile inf ection include: T hick yellowish-white or greenish pus discharge f rom the penis; Burning sensation during urination; Discomf ort f rom the penis; When gonorrhea is left untreated, signs of gonorrhea in men worsen and progress to painful experiences: Dif f iculty in urination; Painf ul and swollen testes; Rectal and urethral abscesses; and Meanwhile, gonorrhea symptoms men edition of rectal gonorrhea are: Anal discharge; Itching of the anus or around the anal area; Severe rectal pain particularly during bowel movement. Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Women Women in the population bear the higher burden of gonorrhea. Sexual promiscuity is not the only danger f acing them since their partners (husbands) might be inf ected without their knowledge. Gonorrhea in women tends to show no symptoms until in the later stages. Among the symptoms to look out f or are: Burning sensation during urination; Burning pain and/or itching in and around the genital area; Fever or f lu-like discomf ort; Pain during urination; Painf ul intercourse; Pelvic pain or tenderness in the pelvic area; Reddish and swollen genitals; Unusual vaginal bleeding; Unusual vaginal discharge, usually yellowish in color.
  • 3. Like gonorrhea in men, if gonorrhea in women remain untreated, symptoms worsen and progresses to more painf ul experiences. When a person who contracts gonorrhea is already af f licted with acquired immune def iciency syndrome or have compromised immune system, the symptoms are more severe. T he more advanced and serious symptoms of gonorrhea usually can not be observed by mere visual inspection, such as: Inf lammation of the f allopian tubes; Inf lammation of the ovaries; Pelvic inf lammatory disease, a serious and very painf ul inf ection. Additionally in advanced stage of infection, gonorrhea symptoms women edition include: Abdominal pain; Formation of abscess (pus); Pelvic cramps. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: What’s the Dif f erence? T he clinical picture f or chlamydial inf ections is similar to that of gonorrhea. However, the bacteria causing these two are dif f erent: Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea, respectively. Chlamydia is of interest in any discussion of gonorrhea because in about half of detected cases, these two inf ections occur simultaneously. Like gonorrhea, chlamydia inf ections are commonly asymptomatic. If symptoms are present, they are also similar to gonorrhea, such as problems of purulent discharge and pain during urination. However, f or chlamydia, the symptoms are less severe when they occur. T hus chlamydia -gonorrhea inf ections are of ten conf using f or the average person. What Does Gonorrhea Look Like? You should know what to look f or about symptoms for gonorrhea. T he hard part is about asymptomatic gonorrhea, where visual inspection will actually look just like normal anatomy. For the handf ul of cases which manif est symptoms, gonorrhea, there is mild irritation of the cervix, penis, or anus. A visual examination should be combined with an interview of the possibly inf ected person to inquire about: White, yellowish to greenish discharge f rom the anus, penis, or vagina; or Bloody discharge in the above-mentioned body parts. Gonorrhea rash is a usual complaint among a quarter of inf ected individuals. However, to the trained eye of experienced practitioners, most of inf ected individuals who seek medical intervention were f ound to have rashes. T hese patients are those with disseminated gonococcal inf ection (DGI). DGI is a result of bacteremi spread or presence of Neisseria gonorrhea in the blood of the inf ected person. Gonorrhea rash is usually f ound below the neck of the patient whose condition has progressed to the DGI stage. Other symptoms for gonorrhea which manif ests bacterial spread into the blood are: Arthritis, Dermatitis, Skin lesions, Tenosynovitis. Oral Gonorrhea Symptoms
  • 4. Oral gonorrhea may be acquired when a person engages in oral-to-genital sexual activity. T he top symptom of oral gonorrhea is a sore throat of sudden onset that does not carry with it any signs of colds or inf luenza (i.e., f lu). Other oral gonorrhea symptoms include the f ollowing: Dif f iculty in swallowing particularly when swallowing is painf ul; Fever; Reddish and swollen throat Vomiting. Oral gonorrhea takes at 10 days af ter inf ection bef ore symptoms become visible if the condition is not asymptomatic. Fever and vomiting are less common symptoms. Other less common symptoms of oral gonorrhea are tonsilitis and throat ulcers. What is the Clap STD? You probably might have heard about the slang term “the clap” which ref ers to gonorrhea. T he exact origin of the terminology is not known but ST D clap probably trace its roots f rom the old French word, clapier, which translates in English as brothel or house of prostitution. In the earlier years, cases of gonorrhea were rampant among habitues and “entertainers” in the brothel. Another version of the beginnings of the clap ST D was in the United Kingdom f rom the nickname Mother Clap f or the woman who operated a brothel. Another slang f or gonorrhea is “the drips”. Drips ref er to the most common and earliest symptom of the inf ection – discharge. It was Galen who f irst observed this symptom. Conclusion Practicing saf e sex is the best way to be exempted f rom the pain, discomf ort, and complications of gonorrhea. Avoid sexual promiscuity because one can never tell if the hot guy or gal you will do it with is clean and not inf ected with any sexually transmissible diseases. Gonorrhea is one ST D that is characteristically asymptomatic. T he systems discussed here do not always show and if they do occur, the gonorrheal inf ection has usually progressed to a more advanced stage. T he bacteria causing gonorrhea is likely to work in cahoots with the one causing another sexually acquired inf ection, chlamydia. T he symptoms are almost identical and worst, both commonly do not manif est symptoms. As potent as gonococcal inf ection is alone, partnership with another top inf ection chlamydia will wreck havoc on your health. Considering that several body cavities can play ideal hosts f or the inf ection to thrive, inf ection can occur in your anus, mouth, penis, and vagina. Symptoms can help in detection. Without them, it’s like staring at a two-way mirror. T he bacteria can harm you because they have invaded your body. Yet you can not see them to def end your ground. It pays to know these symptoms so that once you see them, you can seek help immediately. Hi and thanks f or visiting my blog. I am Emilia W. Crane. As a f uture gynecologist I am very concerned about increasing level of people inf ected with sexually transmitted diseases and low level of young people education in this f ield. So, in my blog I am trying to collect all usef ul inf ormation about prevention, symptoms, testing and treatment of stds. If you f eel anything should be added to the site or want to get more inf ormation on some topic, please f eel f ree to contact me via Facebook or Google+.