There are a number of different infections that we need to put up with at any given time, one of the more serious than being chlamydial infections. This infection is actually a sexually transmitted disease, caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium. It can be passed between humans during anal, oral or vaginal sex and it may also be passed along from a mother to her child during birth. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases, occurring in some 2.3 million individuals in the United States alone.
There are a number of different symptoms which may show up with chlamydial infections, including painful, burning urination along with a white discharge that may or may not cause pain and accompany urination. This discharge is most often recognized in men but it may also be seen in women as well. In many cases, they may actually have no visible symptoms whatsoever so it can go on for quite a while before they realize that they have a problem. This is one of the reasons why it is so easily passed from individual to individual, simply because it is unknown that there is a problem until it is too late.
Chlamydial infections are not limited to the area of the sexual organs. It is also common for this type of bacteria to cause an eye disease as well. As a matter of fact, chlamydial infections in the eye can be so serious that they could cause blindness and they do so in a number of cases. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people that are becoming blind as a result of chlamydial infections is on the decline and they are hoping to totally eradicate the problem in the near future.
Just as chlamydial infections can cause blindness in the eye, it may also cause serious implications for those who have the sexually transmitted disease as well. Left untreated, this infection could cause a number of different problems, including sterility, along with a host of other health problems. It may not be confined to the area close to the opening of the vagina in women and can travel to the upper vaginal tract, causing pelvic inflammatory disease.
Most chlamydial infections are treated with a series of antibiotics, and it is possible to totally overcome the problem through the use of these antibiotics. That is why it is important to make sure that you are diagnosed early and if you think that you might have a problem with chlamydial infections, you should seek medical attention immediately. As research continues on the ongoing problem with these infections, there is high hopes that additional and more effective treatments for chlamydia will come to light. Until then, it is best if you take all precautions necessary to make sure that you don't end up on the list of statistics for this problem.
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