Treatment and prevention of Chlamydia infection

It has been noted that 50% of infections clear within one year without any specific treatment. Some infections resolve but others may result in long term complications so it is always best to seek treatment for symptoms.

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    Antibiotics

  • Antibiotics
    The antibiotics used in the treatment of Chlamydia infection are Doxycycline, Erythromycin and Azithromycin. During pregnancy Erythromycin and Amoxicillin are the preferred antibiotics for treatment. The exact dosage of antibiotics is regularly updated. That is why doctors are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest treatment guidelines.   It is important for the patient to complete the course of the antibiotics as prescribed even when symptoms have resolved. The symptoms resolve in about a week after starting antibiotics.
  • Pain Medication
    Pain medication may be taken for relief of any pain associated with Chlamydia infection. If complications of the disease are present like pelvic inflammatory disease or arthritis, pain medications with an anti-inflammatory effect are preferred. Examples of this type of treatment are ibuprofen and diclofenac.
  • Treatment of sexual partners
    It is important for sexual partners to also be treated for Chlamydia infection to prevent reinfection. It is easy to become re-infected once being treated for Chlamydia. This type of re-infection, especially while antibiotics are being used, may result in resistant disease for both the patient and their partner.
  • Abstinence
    Sexual intercourse should be avoided while being treated.
  • Hospitalization
    When infection from Chlamydia is severe hospitalization may be required for the patient to receive intra-venous antibiotics and intra-venous pain medication.
  • Garlic and Echinacea

    Garlic and Echinacea contain antibacterial properties which may help the body fight against Chlamydia infection

  • Natural treatment of Chlamydia infection
    Natural remedies are not the best option when it comes to treating Chlamydia infection so it is encouraged to seek medical help. Natural remedies are good to boost the patient’s immune system but medical treatment is still advised. A general healthy diet with exercise is a good way to improve immunity naturally. Avoiding sugary carbs and eating more fresh vegetables are also good. Garlic and Echinacea contain antibacterial properties which may help the body fight against Chlamydia infection.

 
 

Prevention of Chlamydia infection

It is important to try to prevent contracting Chlamydia infection. Screening for Chlamydia infection is an important part of disease prevention. People should be made aware of Chlamydia infection and of the consequences of not being treated. Safe sex practices are encouraged like condom use, being faithful to one partner and not sharing sex toys. General health and sanitation is also encouraged to prevent eye infection caused by Chlamydia infection.