Chlamydia in the Throat

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Do you think chlamydia is only limited to the genital region? Chlamydia of the throat is a rare sexually transmitted infection which is caused by chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. The disease is contracted through a person having oral sex with an individual who is infected with chlamydia. Though chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, it usually happens in the genital region.

What are the symptoms associated with throat chlamydia?

The most common symptoms of throat chlamydia include a sore throat and redness, but in some cases there are no symptoms at all. Another kind of throat chlamydia is caused by the chlamydia pneumonia bacteria and it is not sexually transmitted.

When do the symptoms of throat chlamydia usually first appear?

If a person exhibits the symptoms of throat chlamydia, it usually will occur within one to three weeks after being exposed. A sore or irritated throat is usually the first symptom of throat chlamydia. If a sore throat lasts longer than a week, it could be an indication of the infection and it should be checked by a physician.

How is throat chlamydia diagnosed?

Often, chlamydia is asymptomatic, which means it is without symptoms. In order to diagnose chlamydia in the throat a doctor may perform a swab test and get a sample of fluid from the infected area. Once the test is performed, the sample is sent off to the laboratory to be cultured. If a person is diagnosed with throat chlamydia, the course of treatment is much the same as it is for genital chlamydia and will include antibiotic medication to kill the bacteria.

How long does it take throat chlamydia to go away?

Once a person begins treatment for throat chlamydia, the symptoms will generally being to ease over a period of several days. If you are diagnosed with chlamydia but your sexual partner has not been, it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading the infection. Generally, chlamydia will go away in about 5-7 days with antibiotic treatment, but if the symptoms persist after a week it is important for a person to follow up with their doctor to be retested.

Is throat chlamydia contagious?

Chlamydia of the throat is just as contagious as any other infection. If someone has oral chlamydia and has oral sex with another person it risks spreading the disease around. When someone has chlamydia of the throat, it is best to avoid oral and genital sex altogether, until the infection has been treated by a doctor and eliminated by antibiotic medication.

Prognosis for throat chlamydia:

Chlamydia is an infection which is easily treated through antibiotics, either in a single dose or a course which can last up to two weeks. Once treated, chlamydia will not return unless a person picks up a new infection. If untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women and in men it can cause infertility and in some instances, it can result in Reiter’s syndrome. If you suspect you have contracted chlamydia, it is important to see your doctor for testing and treatment as soon as possible.


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