Chlamydia is a highly treatable STD, and if diagnosed early it can often be treated with no long-term after effects. Unfortunately it’s often referred to as a silent infection, as it fails to present symptoms in many people. If it’s diagnosed in a person, there are various treatment options available.
The infection is usually treated with antibiotics, most commonly Azithromycin or Doxycycline. If Azithromycin is prescribed, the treatment usually involves taking 4 capsules in a single day. This not only means it’s highly effective, but it’s quick and easy to treat. It will take a few hours for the antibiotic to get to work, but it can take over a week to completely clear up the infection. Patients are strongly urged to avoid sexual contact for at least a week following the treatment.
Doxycycline is another highly effective treatment, and is normally administered by taking 2 tablets each day for 7 days. It works to gradually remove the infection over the week, so it’s once more strongly recommended that sexual contact is avoided during the treatment period. It’s vital to complete the full course of antibiotics, even if the symptoms subside much earlier, to fully clear up the infection.
Azithromycin and Doxycycline and both commonly prescribed, and both are highly effective at fighting Chlamydia. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate treatment for you, as there could be a medical reason one will suit you better than the other.
While the condition is often symptomless initially, it’s vital that appropriate treatment is given following the diagnosis. Chlamydia won’t clear up on its own and needs antibiotic treatment, and the longer you have it the more likely you’ll be to suffer from serious consequences.
In women, untreated Chlamydia can lead to serious conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease and can even lead to infertility in some cases. Men are at risk of prostatitis or epididymitis if they don’t seek treatment. The infection is easy and straightforward to treat these days, so there’s no reason to avoid having it treated following diagnosis.
One thing that can put people off seeking treatment after their diagnosis is the thought of being embarrassed about the condition. While there’s no reason for this, if you’re genuinely uncomfortable discussing this with your health professional in person it’s possible to seek diagnosis and treatment online.
There are various online pharmacists, such as Dr.Felix, who will provide you with a free consultation online and prescribe you the right medication based on your symptoms. You can even buy the test kits online, meaning there’s no need to visit your local GP or sexual health clinic if you have any concerns.
The most important thing to do if you suspect you have Chlamydia is to get tested. If it turns out you have picked up the infection, you and your sexual partners should seek treatment immediately to prevent any potential complications in the future.