Granuloma inguinale (donovanosis) is a sexually transmitted infection that’s usually quite rare in the United States. The infection is caused by the bacteria Klebsiella granulomatis. Granuloma inguinale is transmitted by vaginal or anal sex; it’s rarely caused by oral sex. The infection begins with raised nodules, or granulomas, that then turn into ulcers that gradually grow in size and often persist—even after treatment. Most granuloma cases occur in tropical or sub-tropical areas like Papua New Guinea and the Caribbean. American cases of granuloma inguinale are typically picked up from foreign travel. Learn more about other sexually transmitted diseases.
Granuloma Inguinale Symptoms
Symptoms of granuloma inguinale usually emerge between one week and three months after being exposed to the bacteria. At first, the nodules seem like small, painless bumps in the genital or anal region (or near the mouth, though this is less common). Over time, the lumps grow larger and turn the surrounding skin pink. The granulomas gradually turn into ulcers and the bacteria eat away at the skin. Eventually, the lesions can turn darker, deeper, and become scar tissue.
Granuloma Inguinale Treatment
Because granuloma inguinale is a bacterial infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic treatment typically lasts at least three weeks, and it must continue until all signs of lesions are gone. If you’re infected with granuloma inguinae, refrain from sexual contact until a doctor assures you that the infection is completely gone. If left untreated for long, granuloma inguinale can leave permanent scarring and even spread to other parts of the body.
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