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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chancroid

10:49 AM

Description

This is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Haemophilus ducreyi. It often occurs simultaneously with other sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes, syphilis, and HIV infection.

Causes

* Sexual transmission
* Contact with lesion by medical personnel

Symptoms

* Pus-filled blister initially
* Lesion then rupture and become ulcerated
* Multiple lesions then form, often joining together
* Women may have the disease with lesions
* Swollen lymph glands
* Lymph glands may burst
* Fever, chills, and malaise
* Inflammation of the head of the penis
* Inflammation of the clitoris
* Foreskin of penis becomes narrowed

Diagnosis

* Culture on a special petri dish

Similar Conditions

* Syphilis
* Herpes

Treatment

* Antibiotics-many work well:
* Azithromycin-single dose by mouth
* Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)-single dose injection
* Augmentin
* Erythromycin
* Ciprofloxacin



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