Genital ulcer disease – chancroid
Genital ulcer disease (chancroid) is an infectious disease of the genitals, which affects both men and women. This venereal disease is caused by a Gram-negative bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi.
Malicious microorganism spreads from an infected person to a healthy one through unprotected sex. The first sign of chancroid is the appearance of painful ulcers on the vagina or penis.
Chancroid symptoms are largely similar in men and women and usually appear in a few days after becoming infected with this pathogen.
A physical examination of the genital area affected by the infection is carried out when diagnosing chancroid. The final diagnosis of the infectious disease is made after the detecting the pathogen by means of the diagnostic testing of genital ulcer disease.
Once chancroid is diagnosed, its treatment should be started immediately. Use of various antibiotics gives good results in the treatment of chancroid.
Antibacterial therapy of genital ulcer disease usually helps to get rid of open genital ulcers during a week. The disappearance of ulcers is a sign of recovery. However, the patient must submit tests again to make sure that he is healed and the infection is eliminated after a treatment course.
Periodical antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for patients to avoid genital ulcer disease. In addition, patients should use various types of contraception, as well as avoid casual sex to reduce the risk of becoming infected with this disease and with other sexually transmitted diseases as well.