Symptoms of Gonorrhea

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Sep 20, 2011

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Gonorrhoea is caused due to infection with bacteria that are known as neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhoea bacteria can infect the genitals and reproductive system, eyes, mouth, throat, and anus of both men and women. The symptoms appear about 2 to 10 days post exposure to infection. However, the symptoms can also start as late as 30 days after sexual contact. Some people can be infected but they may not have any obvious symptoms and symptoms may vary based on the site that is infected.


Gonorrhoea Symptoms in Women


About 50% of infected women may show no symptoms especially in the initial stages of infection. Many women have mild symptoms. The common symptoms of gonorrhoea in women include:


  • Yellowish or blood stained smelly vaginal discharge.
  • Increased frequency of urination.
  • Painful or burning sensation on urination.
  • Redness and swelling of the genitals.
  • Burning or itching of the vaginal area.
  • Bleeding during vaginal intercourse.


If untreated, the infection can progress and lead to pelvic infection with inflammation of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Symptoms of painful infection of the pelvis known as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID include:


  • Fever.
  • Pelvic cramping and pain.
  • Abdominal pain or cramps.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Bleeding in between menstrual periods.
  • Vomiting.
  • Severe pelvic infection can cause difficulty in becoming pregnant or even infertility.


Symptoms of Gonorrhoea in Men


Most men with gonorrhoea have symptoms and the symptoms are usually more apparent in men than women. Some of the symptoms in men are:


  • White, yellow, or green thick discharge from the penis (associated with pain)
  • Painful or burning sensation on urination (may be severe)
  • Swelling of testicles


Rectal Symptoms


The rectum can also be involved in gonorrhoea. Some patients with rectal involvement may have no symptoms. Symptoms of a rectal infection in gonorrhoea include:


  • Discharge.
  • Anal itching.
  • Rarely painful bowel movements with blood in the faeces.


Symptoms in the Throat and Eyes


Gonococcal infection of the throat may or may not cause symptoms. Sore throat is the commonest symptom of throat involvement in gonorrhoea. Symptom of eye infection in gonorrhoeal include:

  • Redness.
  • Itching.
  • Discharge from the eyes.


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