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Transcript of Chancroid
Pain usually resolves within 3 days of treatment.
Ulcers generally heal within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment.
Repeated needle aspiration or incision and drainage is sometimes required.
If there is not improvement:
The patient may have HIV infection
There may be antibiotic resistance
A test for another pathogen should be considered.
What is Chancroid?
Chancroid is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection characterized by painful sores on the genitalia.
Cause and Symptoms
Chancroid is caused by a type of bacteria called Haemophilus ducreyi.
Some symptons include:
- small bump in the genitals that later becomes an ulcer. Ulcers
can range in size from 1/8 inch to 2 inches across
- swollen lymph nodes
-swelling in the groin
There are two ways to treat chancroid:
-draining of lymph nodes with a needle or through surgery
"According the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chancroid is most common in men age 25-35."
The ratio between males and females in the U.S for this disease is a 3:1 to 25:1.
Diagnosing the condition may involve taking samples of the fluid that drains from the sore.
Diagnosing chancroid is currently not possible through blood testing.
Examining the lymph nodes in your groin for swelling and pain.
"Men and women may avoid getting this disease by using protection (condoms) during sexual contact"
Other preventative measures include:
limiting the amount of sexual partners and practicing safe sex
alerting all partners if you develop the condition (they may be tested and treated as well)