What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is typically a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women. While it is most commonly spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sexual contact, it can also be passed on from mother to child via infected bodily fluids. Gonorrhea is a common STI; it affects more than 3 million Americans every year. Like some other STIs—like HPV—it’s likely that infected people may not exhibit any symptoms. Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which thrives in warm, mucus membranes. It is common for the bacteria to grow in the urethra, mouth, throat, and anus. Learn more about other sexually transmitted diseases.
Again, it is not uncommon for people infected by gonorrhea to show zero symptoms. However if you suspect that you’ve been exposed to gonorrhea, you might find yourself wondering ‘what does gonorrhea look like?’ Symptoms typically develop within 10 days after exposure, but it can take up to a month for any indications of the infection to show.
While gonorrhea typically infects the genital area in men and women, it can also exhibit itself on other parts of the body. For example, if your eyes are newly sensitive to light and have a pussy discharge, if you have a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, or if your rectum is itchy, bloody, or has a discharge, these may be symptoms of gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men
- Discharge from the tip of the penis
- Swelling, pain, and discomfort in one testicle
- Uncomfortable urination
Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women
- Pelvic pain
- Burning, painful urination
- Spotting between periods and/or after intercourse
- A swollen vulva
- Increased vaginal discharge that is greenish or whitish in color
If you suspect you have gonorrhea symptoms, you’re sure to ask ‘is gonorrhea curable?’ Don’t worry, it is curable. The treatment for gonorrhea is either oral or injectable antibiotics. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility. See a doctor immediately if you think you might have been exposed to gonorrhea.
Some key things to keep in mind when receiving gonorrhea treatment:
- It’s important to finish all of the antibiotics your doctor has prescribed to you.
- Inform any recent sexual partners of that you have gonorrhea.
- Have your partner get treated for gonorrhea even if he or she doesn’t exhibit any symptoms.
Schedule an appointment with Advanced Urology in the Chicago, Joliet, & Naperville today!
Worried that you might have contracted gonorrhea or any other STI? The Advanced Urology Associates are here for you. Because Advuro specializes in treatment for sexually transmitted diseases in men and women, any Chicago resident is welcome. Don’t hesitate to call our adult urology experts at 815.409.4930. We offer services near Chicago, Joliet, Frankfort, New Lenox, Morris, and Naperville, Illinois.
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Morris, IL 60450
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Joliet, IL 60431