Gonorrhea, popularly known as “the clap,” is one of the most common STIs in Nigeria. About 1.5 million new cases are recorded each year.
Though gonorrhea is common, many people are unaware that they have it. This is because gonorrhea is often asymptomatic, especially in women. Males are more likely to have visible symptoms, but they are less likely to seek treatment early on to prevent further transmission.
As stated by Healthline, it is essential to be aware of some of the disease’s symptoms and signs. According to professionals, patients should be on the lookout for the symptoms described below.
1. Urinary pain or burning.
A frequent symptom of gonorrhea is a burning sensation during urination. It’s usually an indication of a urinary tract infection, but there are exceptions. A burning feeling during urination may be an indication of a sexually transmitted infection.
the occurrence of bleeding either before, during, or after a sexual encounter.
there is vaginal or cervical irritation, bleeding can occur during or after sexual activity. Prolonged contact with the vaginal canal, as suggested by specialists, may affect inflammatory tissues inside the vaginal canal, leading to bleeding. Several internal tissues, including gonorrhea, are possible culprits here.
Third, a heavy flow of discharge.
Discharge that is thick and yellow in color is a common sign of gonorrhea in both men and women. The severity of an infection can be gauged by the amount of blood present in the discharge. The presence of blood may be obscured or minimal. However, this could be a major symptom of gonorrhea. Although it might be a sign of something else, gonorrhea testing should take precedence here.
Gonorrhea can have unexpected effects on your eyes, and both sexes are equally at risk. Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection that can strike either gender. Just touching your eye might spread the gonorrhea infection that causes pinkeye, a condition known as conjunctivitis.
5 – Discomfort in the pelvic region.
There are several potential causes of pelvic pain, not just menstrual cramps. Sometimes this can be a sign of gonorrhea. Neither ibuprofen nor Tylenol will work on this kind of pain. Check for gonorrhea if you’re experiencing these symptoms.