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This made it necessary that we write on it. So, if you’re among those wanting to learn how to cure gonorrhoea without going to the doctor, then continue reading for we have prepared a very educative post on it, just for you.
Before we answer the question, “how to cure gonorrhoea without going to the doctor”, we will discuss on the following headings:
- What is gonorrhoea?
- What causes gonorrhoea?
- What are the signs and symptoms of gonorrhoea?
- How is gonorrhoea treated?
- Complications of untreated or poorly treated gonorrhoea
Let’s get started on the first heading which makes us understand better what a gonorrhoea really is.
What is gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is simply a sexually transmitted infection. Depending on the type of sex which led to its contraction, its symptoms can be felt either in the anus, throat, or the penis/vagina.
What causes gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This bacterium in passed from an infected person to uninfected person during sexual intercourse.
This transmission occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The site of infection determines where its symptoms will present.
It can also be passed to a new born baby during delivery if the mother is infected.
Signs and symptoms of gonorrhoea
The following are the signs and symptoms of gonorrhoea in men, and women
Signs and symptoms of gonorrhoea in men
- Gonorrhoea in men presents as a foul-smelling urethral discharge of pus occuring 2 to 6 days after exposure
- This is followed by pain during urination (dysuria) 2-6 days after exposure
- Inflammation of the Urethral orifice or opening, and a possible balanitis because of the irritation from the discharge and secondary infection
- Note: About half of infected males are asymptomatic
- Ascending infection is common and may lead to inflammation of the epididymis (epididymitis).
- In the presence of epididymitis, accompanying acute unilateral testicular pain and swelling occur; often with tenderness of the epididymis and vas deferens
- Occasionally there is erythema and oedema of the overlying skin
- The adjacent testis is often also inflamed (orchitis), giving rise to epididymo orchitis
Signs and symptoms of Gonorrhoea in women
- Inflammation of the cervix and cervical canal (cervicitis)
- This inflammation of the cervix and cervical canal is accompanied by pain and burning sensation, especially during urination
- Urethritis: the urethra becomes the most common site in women who have had hysterectomy
- The most frequent complaint by women who have gonorrhoea is discharge, often accompanied with burning on urination
- Note that over 50% of infected women are asymptomatic
- Oropharyngeal gonorrhoea from oral sex may present as sore throat.
How to treat gonorrhoea
Because of increasing cases of multidrug resistant gonorrhoea, we recommend that microbial, culture and sensitivity test be done before commencing treatment on anyone who tests positive to gonorrhoea.
Where there is an MCS test, the treatment should be based on the result.
Empirically, gonorrhoea is treated thus:
- Ceftriaxone 500 mg IM in a single dose for persons weighing <150 kg and 1 g in those weighing ≥150 kg
If chlamydial infection has not been excluded, treat for chlamydia with doxycycline 100 mg orally 2 times/day for 7 days.
Alternative Regimens if Ceftriaxone Is Not Available or Contraindicated
- Gentamicin 240 mg IM in a single dose
- Azithromycin 2 g orally in a single dose
- Cefixime 800 mg orally in a single dose
If chlamydial infection has not been excluded, providers should treat for chlamydia with doxycycline 100 mg orally 2 times/day for 7 days
How to treat gonorrhoea without going to the doctor
This is the main reason this article is written. It is possible it’s still the main reason you’re reading it. So, we encourage you to pay rapt attention here.
To start with, we don’t encourage that gonorrhoea be treated without going to the doctor. The simple reason is this, there may be treatment failure which will lead to complications of gonorrhoea.
Yes, untreated or poorly treated gonorrhoea has irreversible complications. We will enlist these later.
In developed countries where there are efficient healthcare system, it is not possible to treat gonorrhoea without seeing a doctor.
In under developed or developing nations, treatment of gonorrhoea without going to the doctor is common. Unfortunately, this is contributing negatively to an increased cases of drug resistance in gonorrhoea treatment.
What often leads to scenarios where people treat gonorrhoea without going to the doctor is often due to lack of doctors or because of high cost of seeing one. This is a peculiar scenario in developing nations.
So, if you happen to be in an area where there is no doctor, or where it’s highly expensive or difficult to see one, then adopt this:
- Go to the nearest medical laboratory for an MCS test
- Take the test results to the nearest health facility in your area. (Here, there may be no doctor but you may will likely have auxiliary health care providers who will assist you)
- Be treated based on the test result
Complications of untreated and/or poorly treated gonorrhoea
Complications of gonorrhoea include the following:
Complications in men
- Septic arthritis
- Narrowing of the urethral
- Littre abscess involving periurethral glands
- Paraurethral abscesses
- Frequently and terminaly having blood in the urine
- Cowper’s gland abscess involving the bulbourethral glands, producing a swelling behind the base of the scrotum that can produce a proximal or Cowper’s stricture
- Gonococcal conjunctivitis
Complications in women
- Infections of Skene’s periurethral glands and Bartholin’s labial glands; a Bartholin’s gland abscess may cause pain on sitting or walking
- Ascending infection to the endometrium, fallopian tubes, ovaries and peritoneum (pelvic inflammatory disease)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Perihepatic abscess
- Risk of disseminated gonococcal infection during pregnancy and menstruation
- Risk to the newborn infant:
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Premature labour
- Septic abortion.
- Ophthalmia neonatorum.
- Oropharyngeal gonorrhoea