DISEASE OF THE WEEK...CHANCROIDS.
WHAT IS A CHANCROID? –a Chancroid is a bacterial infection that that causes open sores on or around female and male genitalia. It is a type of STD so is therefore transmitted via sexual contact and also skin to skin contact with an infected person. The disease is typically more heard of in developing countries as opposed to developed ones. It is the Haemophilus ducreyi that causes this infection, it attacks the tissue in the genital area and produces open sores or ulcers. The ulcers can bleed or produce contagious fluids that spread bacteria during penetrable or oral sex.
SYMPTOMS FOR WOMEN –Woman can develop several red bumps on the labia, between the labia and anus and or on the thighs. After the bumps become ulcerated or open, they may experience burning or pain during urination or bowel movements.
SYMPTOMS FOR MEN –Men may see a small red bump on their genitals that may also change to an open sore within a day or two or being infected. The ulcers are frequently painful and may form on any area of the genitalia including the scrotum.
ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS IN BOTH SEXES –The ulcers vary in size, usually from 1/8 to 2inches across. Ulcers have a soft center, which is grey to yellowish-grey with defined or sharp edges. They can also bleed when touched and pain may occur during intercourse. Swelling in the groin may occur also and swollen lymph nodes can break through the skin and lead to large abscesses or pus.
To diagnose the condition, you may need to have samples taken from the fluid of the sore and sent for analysis. Diagnosing is not currently possible through blood analysis. Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria and in the case of painful abscesses, your doctor may need to drain the lymph nodes with a needle or through surgery.
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