Question
Sun February 17, 2013 By: Yogiraj Karambelkar
 

Could you explain more about trichomoniasis?

Expert Reply
Mon February 18, 2013

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. The disease can affect both men and women, but the symptoms differ between the two groups. The infection usually does not cause symptoms in men and goes away on its own in a few weeks. Trichomonas vaginalis is spread through sexual contact with an infected partner.

Symptoms:

Women:

  • Discomfort with intercourse

  • Itching of the inner thighs

  • Vaginal discharge

  • Vaginal itching

  • Vulvar itching or swelling of the labia

  • Vaginal odor

Men:

  • Burning after urination or ejaculation

  • Itching of urethra

  • Slight discharge from urethra

Occasionally, some men with trichomoniasis may develop prostatitis or epididymitis from the infection.

Treatment: The antibiotic Metronidazole is commonly used to cure the infection. A newer drug, called Tinidazole may be used.

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