Caused by a small organism called the Trichomonas vaginalis, the disease Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that affects mostly young women. However, the disease can be also contracted by men through sexual contact with infected partners.
Trichomoniasis is curable. Symptoms of trichomoniasis infection could be a yellow greenish frothy discharge from the vagina with a strong odour and irritation accompanied by discomfort while urinating. Intercourse is painful when one is suffering from trichomoniasis.
Treatment of Trichomoniasis
The prevention of the disease should be the first and the foremost things that one should do before thinking of treatment. The preventive measures for safeguarding against trichomoniasis involve
- Restricting the number of sexual partners.
- Using a condom during sex and ensuring that it is used correctly.
- Sexual abstinence or intimacy with only one partner who is uninfected.
- Avoiding sex altogether if you come to know that you are suffering from Trichomoniasis and consult a doctor at the earliest.
Proper Diagnosis & Medication
In case one is diagnosed with the disease, then it becomes necessary to take medication that will be prescribed by a doctor. The next thing you need to do is inform your sexual partner to get themselves checked, diagnosed and treated.
Treatment for trichomoniasis will include a dose of antibiotics to be administered orally. It should be made sure that the entire dose should be taken even if one is feeling fine after going through a portion of the dose. Make sure that you let your doctor know if you are pregnant or not. Pregnant women should not take the antibiotic.
This is so because the drug will harm the baby inside the woman’s womb. The oral antibiotic is called metronidazole and is used for treating the Thricomoniasis. Let your partner also undergo the treatment and take the prescribed antibiotic. This is to ensure that there is no risk of getting infected once again by the disease.
Treatment of trichomoniasis will not be 100% effective is the partner is not treated for the same. This will prevent re-infection and avoid further spreading of the disease.
The disease also brings a set of complications like increased chances of HIV transmission and prostrate cancer, the patient gets prone to cervical cancer, the woman has greater chances of delivering a premature or low birth weight baby etc. Thus, prompt treatment is advised and proper prevention methods along with it.
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