Complications Of The Genus Chlamydia

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The genus chlamydia is made of three species called C. psittaci, C. pneumoniae, and C. trachomatis. Today we will be focusing on C. trachomatis. It stains gram negative which means it has a thin cell wall and it is bacillus or rod shaped. C. trachomatis is also an obligate intracellular organism which means it cannot exist without a host cell. This leads us into our next segment on how C. trachomatis affects us as human beings. To many of us we know C. trachomatis as chlamydia, which is a sexually transmitted disease. “Genital chlamydiasis is the most commonly reported nationally notifiable disease in the United States.” (Engelkirk & Duben-Engelkirk, 2015, p. 373) Chlamydia’s home is on the infected hosts, which is us as humans. Any …show more content…
trachomatis. Women who have chlamydia may experience any abnormal vaginal discharge. The bacteria infects a woman’s cervix and sometimes the urethra. When this happens it can cause pain or a burning sensation when they urinate or having to go very often. Men can show signs of discharge from the penis, and just like females they can experience that burning feeling as they use the bathroom too. “A minority of infected men develop epididymitis (with or without symptomatic urethritis), presenting with unilateral testicular pain, tenderness, and swelling.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015) If you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms and has had sexual contact with another recently, you should advised them to seek medical attention as soon as …show more content…
There are a number of drugs that will do the job and eliminate the C. trachomatis bacteria living in its host cell, which is us! Antibiotics like azithromycin and doxycycline will usually do the trick along with a few other choices. Some will be more effective than others. The price can be what separates the patient from using that certain medication. The health care provider who is treating this disease will also consider other factors that may affect the patient from following the course directions completely. It is crucial that when a patient is prescribed an antibiotic regimen that they never skip or miss a dose. Also not finishing the course of medication completely can increase the risks of some symptoms

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