Chlamydial Symptoms

Introduction to the facts about chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection that is highly contagious.

It is known as a silent killer. This is because the symptoms usually do not occur, or they can be so mild that people do not notice them and confuse the symptoms with something else. Many transmit it unconsciously to others.

Chlamydia affects sexually active men and women. There is no specific age group infected with chlamydia; however, women most affected by infections are in the 25-year-old age group or younger.

Older women are less at risk because their uterine cells, unlike younger women, are more developed and resistant to infection.

How is Chlamydia contacted?

The disease can be contacted by anal sex, oral sex or vaginal sex. It can also be transferred upon delivery from mother to child.

Study shows that it takes 7 to 21 days after sexual contact with an infected person before the infection develops.

Associated risk if Chlamydia symptoms do not occur or are not treated

If a person with chlamydia does not know his condition, no treatment will be given. As a result, the patient is at high risk of being exposed to other sexually transmitted diseases and more serious complications such as HIV and even death.

Symptoms of chlamydia in women

The symptoms of chlamydia in women can be categorized according to how bacteria enter the affected person.

Transmission of disease through vagina sex

The Chlamydia bacteria enter the cervix and infect it (the transition from the vagina to the uterus). The infection, if left untreated, extends to the urethra (ureter), uterus (uterus) and fallopian tube.

The following symptoms may occur:

  1. Abnormal vaginal discharge that may smell
  2. Pain during urination: A cervical infection (cervicitis) causes a burning sensation during urination and urinary urgency.
  3. Bleeding between menstrual cycles: This is caused by vaginal bleeding
  4. Unusually heavy periods
  5. Lower back pain
  6. Nausea
  7. Abdominal pain with fever
  8. Pain and bleeding during sex: During sexual intercourse, fluid escapes from the Bartholin gland to lubricate the vagina and allow easy penetration. If the Chlamydia infection is not treated, the Bartholin gland blocks and produces a cyst or abscess. In this way, it causes pain and bleeding during intercourse.
  9. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): If left untreated, Chlamydia bacteria infect the uterus and / or the fallopian tubes.
  10. A painful feeling around the hips
  11. Infertility: In severe cases, the bacteria damage the hair lining the fallopian tubes, which guides the egg from the ovaries into the uterus. This damage causes scars that block the tubes and prevent the egg from fertilizing.
  12. Itching and burning feeling around the vagina

Transmission of disease through anal sex

The infection is limited to the rectum and may cause the following symptoms:

  • Rectal pain
  • A painful or itchy anus
  • Discharge or bleeding from the anus
  • Diarrhea in severe cases
  • Swelling in or around the anus

Transmission of disease through oral sex

The Chlamydia bacteria enter the mouth when placed on the genitals.

This affects the lining of the mouth and throat, causing the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat: discomfort when swallowing
  • Pharyngitis
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Lymph nodes swollen in the neck
  • Itching and dryness of the throat

Symptoms of chlamydia in men

The symptoms of chlamydia in women can be categorized according to how bacteria enter the affected person.

Transmission of disease through vaginal and anal sex

Chlamydia bacteria invade the tip of the penis and infect the urethra and epididymis (the tube that moves semen away from the testicles).

The symptoms of chlamydia in men are often confused with gonorrhea because the symptoms are identical to those of gonorrhea.

The following symptoms may occur:

  1. Itching and burning around the penis opening
  2. Testicular pain and swelling
  3. Abnormal excretion of the penis (thick, yellow-white, milky or watery)
  4. Pain while urinating
  5. Rectal pain, discharge or bleeding
  6. A painful or itchy surface around the anus
  7. Discharge or bleeding from the anus
  8. Diarrhea in severe cases
  9. Swelling in or around your anus
  10. Inflammation, tenderness and pain in and around the testicles.
  11. Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) if left untreated
  12. Infertility: Once Chlamydia infection is left untreated, it causes scarring in the reproductive tract. As a result, it leads to damaged spermatozoa
  13. Reactive arthritis: also known as Reiter's syndrome. This condition usually affects the joints, and urethra

Transmission of disease through oral sex

The Chlamydia bacteria enter the mouth when placed on the genitals.

This affects the lining of the mouth and throat, causing the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat, causing discomfort while swallowing
  • Pharyngitis
  • cough
  • Fever
  • Lymph nodes swollen in the neck

The most common symptoms of chlamydia in men and women

The bacterium Chlamydia in humans is known as Chlamydia trachomatis, the name trachomatis is connected to an eye disease called trachoma. This infers that it is a disease which affects the eye.

The bacteria can affect the eyes as follows:

  • Blindness: Chlamydia is one of the leading causes of infectious blindness in the world.
  • Redness, itching or drooping of the eyelid: This may be due to conjunctivitis or other eye infections.

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Pregnant Women

Women who have chlamydia during pregnancy tend to transfer the infection to the baby at birth

Pregnant women with Chlamydia may also have the following symptoms:

  1. Ectopic pregnancy: growth of the fetus outside the uterus and in the fallopian tubes.
  2. Early contractions and premature rupture of the amniotic sac leading to premature birth
  3. Reduced growth of the fetus, resulting in very low birth weight
  4. Miscarriages
  5. Death of infant at birth
  6. Uterine infections

Symptoms of chlamydia in newborns

Babies from parents infected with chlamydia are also affected as the disease can be passed from mother to child during delivery.

  • Eye Infection: Babies who are born with chlamydia can have conjunctivitis, pus flow, redness and swelling of the eyelid, blindness can develop in severe cases.
  • Pneumonia: Exposure to bacteria during delivery can lead to respiratory infections and pneumonia in infants. This is characterized by fast breathing, stuffy nose and coughing
  • Respiratory failure if pneumonia is not treated.

The symptoms of chlamydia in animals

Chlamydia strains in animals

People are not the only ones who risk being in contact with chlamydia. In addition to Chlamydia trachomatis, which is found mainly in humans, we have Chlamydia suis, this infects pigs, Chlamydia muridarum affects mice and hamsters, Chlamydia felis affects cats. Chlamydia psittaci affects dogs, chlamydia psittacosis affects cats and Chlamydia pecorum affects cattle. Etc.

Some of these strains can also be contacted by humans.

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Ordinary Pets

This article describes the symptoms of chlamydia in cats, dogs and common birds at home.

The symptoms of chlamydia in cats

The signs of chlamydia in cats are usually limited to the eyes and upper respiratory tract.

The upper respiratory symptoms of Chlamydia for cats

  • Frequent sneeze
  • cough
  • Heavy breathing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pneumonia if not treated

Ocular Symptoms of Chlamydia for Cats

  • Eye discharge: This is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eye. It can start with the discharge of one eye, but usually it extends to both eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Conjunctivitis: causes redness of the eyes

Other symptoms are:

  • Anorexia caused by loss of appetite
  • Fever

The symptoms of chlamydia in dogs

The signs of chlamydia in dogs are usually limited to the eyes, upper respiratory tract and digestive system.

Upper Respiratory Chlamydia Symptoms for Dogs

  • Frequent sneezing
  • cough
  • Heavy breathing
  • Nasal discharge

Symptoms of Chlamydia indigestion in dogs

  • Inflammation or infection of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Inflammation of the membrane lining the colon
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Ocular symptoms of Chlamydia for dogs

  • Persistent scratching of the eyes
  • Swollen and red eyes
  • Watering and discharge of the eye
  • Chronic keratitis

Other symptoms are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • High fever
  • Weakness

The symptoms of chlamydia in birds

The signs of chlamydia in birds are usually limited to the eyes, the upper respiratory tract and the digestive system.

Chlamydia upper respiratory tract symptoms for birds

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Audible breathing
  • Substance coming out of the nose
  • cough

Symptoms of Chlamydia Indigestion for Birds

  • Light green feces due to bile pigments
  • Liver or bowel disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Ocular Symptoms of Chlamydia for Birds

  1. Persistent scratching of the eyes
  2. Swollen and red eyes
  3. Watering and discharge of the eye
  4. Conjunctivitis
  5. Red eyes, watering eyes, cloudy or eyes
  6. Sensitivity to light
  7. Weakness in the eyelid
  8. Deposits in the cornea

Other symptoms are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • High fever
  • Lack of energy
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Change the color of the pen
  • Weight loss, diarrhea
  • Convulsions or neurological disorders
  • Chew on your feathers or body parts

The best system for detecting and controlling symptoms for all strains of chlamydia

As mentioned earlier, most people with chlamydia do not know their condition because the symptoms are similar to other diseases or are so mild that people associate what they feel and what they see with other medical conditions.

This is common in humans and animals, so there is a greater risk of transmitting bacteria to other people without knowing it.

To reduce the risk of transmitting this highly contagious bacteria, a symptom detection system should be introduced.

1. Regular examination by a qualified doctor

If you are sexually active, especially if you have multiple partners, talk to your doctor about how often you should be tested for chlamydia.

Perform the test if you notice the following .These are for symptoms related to the genital area:

  1. Once a discharge is felt in the genitals
  2. Once there is a burning sensation in or around the genital areas
  3. Once there are sores or inflammation in the genitals
  4. As soon as you feel pain, burning or tingling while urinating
  5. As soon as urine escapes in small amounts and becomes frequent
  6. Once pain is detected between menstruation or after sex
  7. Once abdominal or pelvic pain is felt
  8. As soon as you notice pain during sex
  9. Once a pregnant woman has had a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy,

Regarding the areas connected to the neck:

  • Once you have a persistent sore throat
  • Once you have a persistent cough and fever
  • As soon as you see swollen lymph nodes in your neck

In terms of the eyes:

  • Once you have conjunctivitis
  • As soon as you notice an abnormal discharge of the eyes
  • Once your eyes are always red or pink
  • As soon as you notice any discomfort in your eyes or difficulty seeing

Bring your pets to a qualified veterinarian for a medical examination:

  1. As soon as you observe abnormal behavior
  2. As soon as they do not eat and lose weight
  3. Once the color of their poop turns green and looks abnormal
  4. Once there is change in their eye color
  5. As soon as their eyes starts to excrete mucus, or any other form of discharge
  6. As soon as you notice they have trouble breathing
  7. As soon as you notice a discharge in their nostrils
  8. As soon as they have difficulty recognizing objects
  9. As soon as the next appointment date is due

2. Practice safe sex

  • Limit the number of sexual partners.
  • Avoid risky sexual activities
  • Use a latex barrier for oral sex in the vagina or anus
  • Notify the sexual partners immediately if they become infected
  • Use a latex condom for oral sex on a penis
  • Always use latex condoms during vaginal and anal sex if you have multiple partners.
  • Ensure partners are tested and treated at the same time to prevent reinfection

3. Good hygiene

  • Use appropriate protective equipment when handling infected animals
  • Avoid poop of infected animals
  • Avoid any discharge of infected animals
  • Wash your hands after contact with infected animals
  • Make sure the environment in which you keep your pet is clean
  • Avoid rinsing as the amount of good bacteria in the vagina is reduced, which increases the risk of infection.

When should the symptom detector be used?

  1. During pregnancy
  2. After unprotected sex
  3. As soon as you notice any of the above symptoms
  4. If you have multiple partners and engage in risky sexual activity
  5. At least once a year if you are sexually active
  6. If your animals have been diagnosed with chlamydia
  7. If you have any sexually transmitted disease