Urethritis is inflammation of urethra. It is a passage between the bladder and penis thorough which urine is passed out from the body. Chlamydial urethritis is sexually transmitted disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. The disease is characterized by pain and inflammation of urethra with abnormal discharge.
Often many males remain asymptomatic even if they are suffering from this infection. Some men may have mild symptoms.
Chlamydial urethritis just like all other sexually transmitted disease is contracted after unprotected sex with an infected partner. As the symptoms are seldom noticed many men remain untreated for a long period of time.This can result in serious health consequence such as infertility and reactive arthritis.
Transmission Of Chlamydial Urethritis
Chlamydial urethritis is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It is a sexually transmitted disease and the infection can spread from sexual contact with the infected person. Men as well as women both can suffer from this infection, and it is equally prevalent in men and women.
Spread of chlamydial urethritis in men occurs through oral, vaginal or anal sexual intercourse. It is more common in young men and adolescent boys.
Sex with multiple partners, unprotected sex with an infected partner increases the probability of this infection.Men having monogamus relationship and practicing safe sex are less likely to suffer from chlamydial urethritis infection.
Symptoms Of Chlamydial Urethritis In Men
Majority of men remain asymptomatic after contracting the infection in its early stage. Many of them may have mild to moderate symptoms few weeks or months after the exposure. Here are following signs and symptoms some men may experience after getting infected.
- Burning in urine. Men often complain of pain and burning sensation while passing urine in the urethra.
- The head and tip of penis is swollen. There is persistent itching sensation in the urethral opening.
- Abnormal yellow discharge from penis.
- Pain and swelling in testis. Usually only one testis is swollen.
Treatment For Chlamydial Urethritis
Chlamydia urethritis needs to be treated conventionally with antibiotics. Management is focused on alleviating the symptoms and to prevent the infection from spreading through sexual intercourse. Therefore besides taking antibiotics by the patient it is also necessary to treat the partner with a course of antibiotics. This will prevent reinfection if the person practices monogamy.
However, if the patient is having multiple partners, besides taking antibiotics, he should adopt safe sexual practices such as use of condoms. Antibiotics such as doxycycline, Azithromycin, Erythromycin, norfloxacin etc are found effective in treating the condition. During the course of antibiotics patient is also advised to abstain from sexual activity.
Certain natural medicines are also useful in alleviating the symptoms. Herbs such as goldenseal, Echinacea, are also beneficial. Capsules of goldenseal can be taken two times in a day. Echinacea is available in tincture form. Put few drops of this tincture in a glass of water. Drink this water two times in day.