Trichomoniasis, also called “trick,” is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite.
The sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that can be spread through sexual contact.
More than twenty different STDs have been identified.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) research, in the United States, about 7.4 million new cases of trichomoniasis occur in women every year.
Trichomoniasis is mainly an infection of the urogenital tract where the vagina is the most common area that gets infected, which can be treated and cured with antibiotics (medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria).
Trichomoniasis treatment typically involves a single large dose of oral prescription drug metronidazole or split doses over the course of a week. This type of trichomoniasis treatment cures the disease efficiently.
Trichomoniasis treatment is important for pregnant woman because studies shows that trichomoniasis may increase a pregnant woman’s risk of premature delivery and also the risk of HIV transmission from mother to baby.
So, a pregnant woman can use metronidazole only after the completion of the first-trimester of pregnancy.
Sexual active adults, the sexual partners of an infected individual must be treated in order to prevent the passage of the infection from person to person. Sometimes, the symptoms of trichomoniasis may vanish within a few weeks without any treatment.
However, in cases where you never exhibit symptoms or the exhibited symptoms that have stopped and disappeared, can continue to infect or re-infect your sexual partner until you are treated successfully.
By having treatment once does not implies that you are been protected from receiving it again. You are still being susceptible to re-infection even after a successful treatment.
Therefore, it is most essential for both partners to take trichomoniasis treatment simultaneously to eradicate the parasite. It is better to avoid your sexual activities until you and your partner get cured completely having no symptoms.
If you are taking other antibiotics for your illnesses, then consult your health care professional regarding the possible effects of these medications on the balance of organisms in their vagina.
On the other hand, there are a certain amount of good (harmless) bacteria that present in the vagina area and with the intake of more metronidazole or other antibiotics can increase the chances of eliminating the ‘good’ bacteria and leaving your vaginal area susceptible to many other infections.
No matter what kind of antibiotic you chose, it is very important for you to remember to take the complete course of antibiotics that are prescribed by your health care professional.
If you take your medication only until your feel better, then it increases the chance of getting the infection again with even greater severity in the near future.
Moreover, not finishing the complete course of treatment may also stop the effectiveness of the antibiotic from treatment trichomoniasis in other individuals.
If your initial trichomoniasis treatment fails, then the doctor may prescribe you with a higher dose of same drug for a longer time or with more than one drug.