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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused due to infection with the bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It can infect the genitals of both men and women, but can infect other parts of the body, including the throat and eyes. The incubation period of Chlamydia infection is 7-21 days i.e. the symptoms may start after 1-3weeks from coming in contact with a person with the infection. In many patients, the symptoms develop many months later or after the infection has spread to other parts of the body. Many patients do not develop any symptom, but may transmit the infection. With appropriate treatment (antibiotic at the correct dose and for the recommended duration), a course of antibiotics can cure more than 95% of the infections. Antibiotics used for treating the infection are prescribed as a single dose or a longer course of up to two weeks depending on the medication used.
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection. It is caused due to an infection by a bacteria know as Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia infects the cervix in women and the urethra in men. In case of anal sex, the rectum may get infected. In most cases, the infection does not cause symptoms. In women, who have no symptoms, the infection can cause serious complications that result in irreversible damage to the female reproductive organs and infertility. Therefore, seeking appropriate treatment as soon as possible is important.
Chlamydia infection in many people does not cause symptoms, but may progress to cause complications. Some complications that may develop if the infection is not treated include pelvic inflammatory disease, cervicitis and infertility in women and epididymitis, urethritis, narrowing of urethra and difficulty in passing urine, reactive arthritis in men. Therefore, it is important to consult a doctor if you have any symptom suggestive of Chlamydia infection. A person with any discharge from the genitalia, unexplained genital irritation, painful or burning urination should consult a doctor for Chlamydia testing.