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What is Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. According to the CDC, it is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Chlamydia can spread from one person to another via oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Many people who have chlamydia do not know it, as the infection typically presents delayed symptoms or no symptoms at all.

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What are Signs of Chlamydia?

Chlamydia symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Itching or burning around the urethra
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Discharge and pain around the anus
  • Redness and discharge around the eyes

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get chlamydia?

Chlamydia is passed from one person to another via unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Although chlamydia is most commonly an infection of the genitals, you can contract chlamydia in the throat and mouth from oral sex. Chlamydia can be passed from a male sexual partner even if he does not ejaculate. Further, if you’ve had chlamydia in the past, you can still contract it again.

What are chlamydia symptoms in men?

Chlamydia symptoms in men include small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the head of the penis; pain when urinating; burning or itching sensations around the urethra; and pain and swelling of the testicles.

What are chlamydia symptoms in women?

Chlamydia symptoms in women include vaginal discharge with a foul odor; excessive bleeding between periods; abnormally painful periods; abdominal pain; fever; pain during sex; itching or burning sensations in or around the vagina; and painful urination.

What does chlamydia look like?

Because chlamydia is a bacterial infection, you won’t typically see any visible symptoms (unlike a herpes blister). The best way to recognize chlamydia is to familiarize yourself with the symptoms listed above and get STD testing.

Is chlamydia curable?

Yes! Chlamydia is completely curable and usually just requires a straightforward treatment plan of antibiotics. Because chlamydia is often confused for other incurable STDs, some folks mistakenly think that once contracted, a person has chlamydia for life. Don’t be confused, you can absolutely get rid of chlamydia and you can even get chlamydia treatment online.

What are some chlamydia antibiotics?

The most commonly prescribed antibiotics for chlamydia are azithromycin and doxycycline. It typically takes approximately seven days for antibiotics to clear a chlamydia infection. As such, when you start chlamydia treatment, refrain from all sexual activities for at least a week.

How can I get a chlamydia test?

Chlamydia testing can be as simple as peeing in a cup or having a cell sample taken from your gentles using a cotton swab. When you book an online appointment for chlamydia treatment, PlushCare’s doctors can order lab testing for any samples that need to be taken. You’ll then have a follow up appointment to interpret your results and receive chlamydia treatment if you test positive. 

Is there chlamydia treatment over the counter?

There are no reliable over the counter or home treatments for chlamydia. Because chlamydia is a bacterial infection, it is urgent that you seek professional medical help for chlamydia treatment right away. Chlamydia can cause serious health complications if left untreated, including infertility. 

How do you know if chlamydia is gone after treatment?

If you’re still feeling symptoms after chlamydia treatment, you may wonder how you can be sure the infection has completely cleared. Chlamydia typically clears after one week on antibiotics, so if you are still experiencing symptoms of chlamydia after this time frame, contact your doctor. Your infection may be antibiotic resistant and require a different course of treatment. If you are unsure if your infection has cleared, you may request another test to check for bacterial samples.

How can I get chlamydia treatment online?

EverydayDr is proud to partner with PlushCare to deliver reliable, simple, and affordable telemedicine service. When you book a virtual appointment with PlushCare, you’ll be connected to a doctor right from your phone or computer for chlamydia treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of chlamydia, our doctors may order you a lab test to collect samples and test for an infection. If you do have chlamydia, our online doctors can write you a prescription for the antibiotics you need.

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