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Treatment for Gonorrhea

The treatment of gonorrhea usually involves the use of antibiotics such as Azithromycin pills and Ceftriaxone in intramuscular injection that can help to eliminate the bacteria that causes the disease.

Usually when you begin treatment, the symptoms of gonorrhea such as pain or burning when urinating and white-yellow discharge, similar to pus decrease, however, it is important that you take the antibiotics prescribed until the end of the treatment to cure the disease.

Treatment for Gonorrhea

Medication for Gonorrhea

The treatment for gonorrhea is done with antibiotics such as Azithromycin, Ceftriaxone or Ciprofloxacin, for example, which should be recommended and used as directed by a doctor. In more severe cases, the bacteria can reach the bloodstream, causing sepsis, and in those cases, the person should be admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics directly into the vein.

During treatment for gonorrhea, it is important that the person avoid having sex until completely cured. To be sure that gonorrhea is cured, the person should have gynecological, urological, or blood tests at the end of treatment to confirm that there is no infection.

In addition, it is also essential that your sex partner (s) be treated with antibiotics, even if there are no symptoms, as there is a risk of transmitting the bacteria responsible for the disease to others, and there is a risk of contaminating the person who has already been infected treated.

In some regions in Brazil the use of some antibiotics, mainly Ciprofloxacin, is no longer recommended due to the increase in the prevalence of the bacterium responsible for the disease resistant to this antibiotic. In addition, the use of Ciprofloxacin is not recommended for people under 18 years of age, and the doctor should indicate the use of some other antibiotic.

How to treat antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea

Some people are contaminated with a stronger, harder-to-control version of gonorrhea. This is an evolution of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae that is not usually eliminated with the basic treatment, being necessary the combination of antibiotics or increase the time of the use of these.

Signs Gonorrhea is Improving and Worsening

Signs of improvement in gonorrhea include decreased pain or burning on urination, disappearance of pus-like white discharge, and reduction of sore throat in case of oral intima relationship. However, even if the symptoms start to subside and disappear, it is important that the treatment continues according to medical advice.

Signs of worsening gonorrhea arise when treatment is not initiated soon after the onset of symptoms or when treatment is not done as directed by the physician and include increased pain or burning when urinating as well as increased white-yellow discharge , pus-like, vaginal bleeding in the woman, onset of fever, pain and swelling of the testicles in the man and pain in the joints.

Treatment for Gonorrhea

Possible complications

The complications of gonorrhea occur when the treatment is not done correctly and include infection of the uterus, uterine tubes and abdominal cavity, as well as inflammation of the epididymis in man, which can result in infertility.

In addition, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea can spread through the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body, including the joints.

Home treatment 

Home treatment for gonorrhea should only complement antibiotic treatment and can be made with Echinacea tea, for example, as this medicinal plant has antibiotic and stimulate your immune system, helping to eliminate the bacterium and strengthen your immunity.

To make this tea, simply add 2 teaspoons of the root or leaves of echinacea in 500 ml of boiling water, let stand for 15 minutes, strain and drink the tea about 2 times a day.

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