Chancroid Symptoms | Causes | Treatments

A chancroid is a bacterial infection on the genitals that cause painful soars and ulcers.  Many people believe that this sexually transmitted disease is not always diagnosed as it should be, meaning that there are more cases then reported. One of the main concerns about chancroid is that it can help spread the HIV virus because of the open sores on the genitals.

The amount of chancroid cases in the Western world are low, about 1 to 2 cases per million and the majority of those cases are because the infected person has  come from another country where they caught the chancroid. Some countries other than the USA, UK, France and Australia have higher levels of infection for this infection.

Some of the symptoms for chancroid are easy to notice if you know what you are looking for. Anytime you think you have an infection or sexually transmitted disease you should always get tested n order to get treatment or eliminate doubt. Here is a short list to help you decide if you have this infection.

  • An ulcer will form
  • The sore or sores will be very painful
  • The ulcer can range in different sizes up to 2 inches
  • Borders of the sore will be rugged and the base will be a grey-yellow in color
  • There may be bleeding from the infected areas

There a couple of treatments which are known to work well for treating chancroid. Some recommendations for the chancroid treatments are to use some of these medicines:

  • Eryhromycin can be taken orally for about one week
  • Ceftriaxone – this is a one dose treatment
  • A single gram of Azithromycin is recommended by many for treatment

Many STD clinics should be able to help you identify any sexually transmitted diseases.  Once a disease is diagnosed a doctor will be able to tell you your options for treatment. A chancroid can be cured but the best thing to do is try to prevent it from happening in the first place because not all sexually transmitted can be cured and some are even deadly.

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