Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The word derives from Greek words gonos ‘semen’ and rheo ‘flow’.
Gonorrhea is caused by a Gonococcus, a parasite in the human urinal tracts. It spreads through infected people. Gonococcus causes inflammation, discharge and scarring.
You can get gonorrhea having sex. Mother can infect her baby during childbirth. You can also get using common objects such as dirty common towel.
A person has no immunity for gonorrhea. A person can catch it several times. Gonorrhea cannot be inherited.
Complications of Gonorrhea
- Urethral stenosis (narrowing)
- Fallopian tube obstruction (causes infertility)
- Epididymis scarring in men (cause infertility)
- Peritonitis (if gonococcus got into abdominal cavity)
- Disorders of the nervous system, joints, brain and other organs (if gonococcus got into blood)
Factors for Gonorrhea
- Casual sexual intercourse
- Woman does not visit a Gynecologist on regular basis
Incubation period of gonorrhea can be different – from a day to tree weeks. Most usually 3-5 days.
- Acute pain when urinating
- Itch and burn in genitals
In men, the symptoms are usually more evident then in women. It is important to remember that a person may have no symptoms.
Treatment for Gonorrhea
Only your health care provider can treat you! Self-medication is extremely dangerous. First, self-chosen remedy can be ineffective and you will lose time. Secondly, it may make the symptoms disappear while the infection will keep developing. Thirdly, ineffective treatment can cause serious complications.