Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhea. The infection can be spread by contact with the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus. Though some people with gonorrhea can be asymptomatic, symptoms of gonorrhea usually appear within just two to five days after initial infection. Although the majority of gonorrhea cases can be treated with general oral antibiotics, an essential key to gonorrhea diagnosis is recognizing the symptoms:
1. Abnormal Bleeding
Abnormal bleeding, vaginal spotting, or abnormal discharge from the vagina, and painful urination can be considered a symptom of gonorrhea in women.
2. A Burning Sensation during Urination
A burning sensation while urinating is believed to be the most frequently experienced symptom of gonorrhea. Both the vagina and the rectum are extremely prone to gonorrhea; the bacteria can spread through either the urethra or any other opening present.
3. Abnormal Vaginal Discharge and Infection
General gonorrhea symptoms in women may consist of a green, yellow, cloudy, pus-like vaginal discharge with a burning sensation while urinating, constant lower abdominal pain, and spotting during periods. If gonorrhea goes undetected, it can lead to disease and infertility.
4. General Irritation of the Outer Area of the Vagina
In women, it is the cervix that is chiefly affected by the infection. If untreated, gonorrhea can rapidly increase and damage a woman's uterus and fallopian tubes.
5. A Yellow Pus-like Discharge from the Tip of the Penis
Gonorrhea symptoms in men include uneasiness in the urethra followed by soft to rigorous pain during urination, a green release of pus from the penis, and feeling the need to urinate. The hole at the tip of the penis may be red and inflamed. The bacteria occasionally increase to the epididymis, which swells up and becomes warm to the touch. Foul-smelling and thick penile discharge accompanied by abdominal pain is another symptom.
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