Chancroid is a less commonly known sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is spread by the Haemophilus ducreyi bacteria. It’s not that prevalent in the United States; it is more likely found in Africa and southwest Asia. It’s also more commonly found in men. Chancroid is transmitted via oral, anal, or vaginal sexual contact. If you have chanchroid, be sure to avoid contact with the sores. Always wash your hands thoroughly after contact in order to prevent spreading it further. It’s important to note that chancroid sores can make contracting HIV easier. If you have chancroid and are at risk of HIV, it’s especially important to go to your doctor for treatment. Learn more about other sexually transmitted diseases here.
Chancroid symptoms typically show up between a few day to two weeks after being exposed to the bacteria. The first sign of chancroid is a small bump in the genital area that quickly turns into an ulcer. The ulcer is painful, is around 1/8 inch to 2 inches in diameter, and has a base that bleeds easily if bumped. Many men only have one ulcer while women commonly have multiple. The chancroid ulcers usually appear on the penis, rectum, vulva, and the perineal area. If you’re a woman with chancroid, the ulcers typically appear on the labia majora.
Chancroid can easily be confused with chancre, which is a syphilis ulcer. A doctor can diagnose your ulcer by closely examining the sore’s discharge. While some people with chancroid do not have swollen lymph nodes, about 50% of people do exhibit enlarged inguinal lymph nodes (the nodes between the thigh and abdomen). Some people with chancroid and swollen lymph nodes also experience nodes that break through the skin and cause buboes, or draining abscesses.
There is an easy chancroid treatment: antibiotics. Once a doctor diagnoses chancroid, he or she can prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the bacterial infection. If you also have draining abscesses, they can be drained out by a doctor. While chancroid can clear up by itself, antibiotic treatment heals it quickly with less scarring. If you also have HIV, it can take longer for chancroid to clear up.
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