Chlamydia is caused by a tiny bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis.
It is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can spread easily through sexual intercourse with an infected person.
It also spreads from mother to child during pregnancy.
Chlamydia treatment is easy and effective with antibiotics azithromycin and doxycycline.
For effective results, you need to continue the treatment according to the prescribed dosage.
It is also important to stay away from sexual activities until the infection is treated completely.
Remember that you can get re-infected with chlamydia trachomatis if your sexual partner is left untreated.
On the other hand, if you are with chlamydia and left your condition untreated then the infection can pass into the uterus and cause another sexual transmitted disease called PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), which can easily damage the reproductive parts. It also leads to infertility or ectopic pregnancy.
The Chlamydia trachomatis damage a woman’s reproductive organs: the cervix, the urethra, and the fallopian tubes. As the chlamydia symptoms are very mild or absent, you may have permanent damages to the organs before you recognize the infection or disease in the body.
Chlamydia is the most common sexual transmitted disease in the United States. It is called a ‘silent’ disease. It is found that, in U.S., approximately 2.8 million people are getting infected with chlamydia yearly.
Chlamydia treatment depends on several factors: age, test results, location of the infection, and complications of the infection (if any). Remember that the chlamydia treatment differs when you are pregnant.
If you are with uncomplicated chlamydia and your test results are positive then your doctor prescribes a single dose of 1g azithromycin (Zithromax) or a pill containing 100 mg doxycycline (Vibramycin) twice a day for a week. Both these antibiotics will be taken orally through mouth.
Remember that exceeding the prescribed dosage can result in various side effects.
With azithromycin, you can have side effects such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea whereas with doxycycline, you may experience an irritation of the stomach and skin problems along with the azithromycin side effects.
Azithromycin usually comes in the form of oral capsules and suspension. It should be taken one hour before or two hours after your meals whereas doxycycline comes in the form of an oral capsule, tablet, suspension and syrup and it should be taken along with meals.
However, the regularity and dosage of doxycycline administration differs with the age. For adults, 200 mg of doxycycline will be given on the first day of chlamydia treatment. For children, it is 2 mg/lb.
On the other hand, the chlamydia treatment varies during pregnancy [Pregnancy Information] and if your test results are positive, amoxicillin and erythromycin are generally recommended for the chlamydia treatment.
Your doctor will prescribe 500 mg of oral erythromycin base that should be taken four times per day for one week. Oral amoxicillin (Amoxil) – 500 mg should be taken three times per day for one week. It is also essential to get tested after three weeks of your chlamydia treatment.