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Signs of Chlamydia

Symptoms of Chlamydia

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Chlamydia may include:

Note that Chlamydia symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Chlamydia signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Chlamydia:

Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD (Excerpt)

Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because three quarters of infected women and half of infected men have no symptoms. The infection is frequently not diagnosed or treated until complications develop.

In women, the bacteria initially attack the cervix (opening to the uterus) and the urethra (urine canal). The few women with symptoms might have an abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes, some women still have no signs or symptoms; others have lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, and bleeding between menstrual periods. Whenever the infection spreads past the cervix into the upper reproductive system, permanent and irreversible damage can occur.

Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from the penis and a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching around the opening of the penis or pain and swelling in the testicles, or both. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

As many as 85 percent of women with chlamydial infections are asymptomatic; 40 percent of infected men report no symptoms. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

In both men and women, chlamydial infection may cause an abnormal genital discharge and burning with urination. In women, untreated chlamydial infection may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, one of the most common causes of ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. Many people with chlamydial infection, however, have few or no symptoms of infection (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Chlamydia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Symptoms of chlamydia include abnormal genital discharge which appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure. However, half of infected women and 25 percent of infected men may have no symptoms whatsoever. Chlamydia in women can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and thus potential infertility, inflamed rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eye (conjunctivitis). Laboratory tests can confirm presence of chlamydial infection and distinguish it from gonorrhea, another common and often accompanying STD. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC)

Chlamydia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Men and women with chlamydial infections may experience abnormal genital discharge or pain during urination. These early symptoms may be absent or very mild, but if they occur, they will do so within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure. One of every two women and one of every four infected men may have no symptoms at all. As a result, the disease is often not diagnosed until complications develop. In addition to pelvic inflammatory disease (see above), chlamydia can cause an inflamed rectum and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining of the eye). The bacteria have also been found in the throat as a result of oral sexual contact with an infected partner. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC)

More Symptoms of Chlamydia:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Chlamydia article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Chlamydia?

The phrase "signs of Chlamydia" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Chlamydia that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Chlamydia" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Chlamydia.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Chlamydia. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Chlamydia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Chlamydia signs or Chlamydia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Chlamydia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Chlamydia symptoms.


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