What is Male Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is found in both men and women. In men, Chlamydia bacteria can cause infection in the penis, anus or eyes. This sexually transmitted disease can spread easily due to less prominent symptoms during the initial stages. This condition stays asymptomatic in around 70 percent of men.
Causes of Male Chlamydia
Chlamydia is caused through the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis that is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. This infection can spread to other body parts too. Chlamydia can only spread through body fluids and not through touching and sharing of clothes or other belongings. This condition is most common in teenagers and young adults.
Symptoms of Male Chlamydia
Usually, the symptoms of male Chlamydia are not seen initially. It takes several weeks for the symptoms to be noticeable.
The most common signs of Chlamydia in men are:
- Clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis
- Pain while urinating
- Urge to urinate more than usual
- Pain in the testicles; Swollen sometimes too
- Itching, pain, swelling around the anus (in the case for Chlamydia in the anus)
- Discharge, redness, and itching in the eyes (in the case for Chlamydia in the eyes)
Diagnosis of Male Chlamydia
The male chlamydia can be diagnosed:
- By placing a cotton swab at the tip of the penis and sending this swab to the laboratory for analyzing the sample of fluid collected.
- By conducting a urine test for the presence of bacteria.
Treatment for Male Chlamydia
For treating this condition, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics like doxycycline, Azithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin, etc. Usually, a course of 7 to 10 days will clear the infection. The patient will be asked to refrain from sex during the course of antibiotics to prevent reoccurring of the infection.