Chlamydia In The Mouth
About Chlamydia in the Mouth
Chlamydia in the mouth is fairly rare though it doesn’t occasionally occur. When it does occur, it tends not to last in throat but a physician can and should still treat it just as he or she would treat it in its usual locations. If you fear you may have contracted Chlamydia of the mouth or if you fear you may have encountered someone with it, here is what you need to know about it.
Basics about Chlamydia
Before we look at the rare occurrence of Chlamydia of the mouth, let’s consider the more common genital and anal version of the disease. Although it gets a lot less press than AIDS or herpes, Chlamydia too is a sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia is a type of bacteria that occurs naturally and that thrives in the environment of the vagina. This is where the Chlamydia bacterium feels most at home. When the Chlamydia bacteria does set up camp in the vagina, it can remain undetected for days, months or years as about two out of three women remain completely without symptoms. However, when the woman gives birth, the bacteria can cause problems and impair the health of the unborn child. For this reason, it is important that women get tested for the bacteria even if they do not believe they are at risk for it.
Men can also get the Chlamydia bacteria in the urethra. In men, however, the bacteria tends to be more noticeable as it usually presents with a white, puss-like discharge that often comes out during urination. Many men also experience pain and discomfort during urination. When a man discovers he has the bacteria, it is important that he inform his sexual partners—especially if they are women—so that they can get themselves checked out and treated.
Chlamydia also can be transmitted during anal sex and can live inside of the anus. The Chlamydia bacteria also find the culture of the eye hospitable and can cause eye infections when it ends up there. Typically, this happens either when a person gets male ejaculate near the eye cavity directly or when rubbing the eye with the hand. Chlamydia however, does not survive for a long period outside of the body so a person will not get it from toilet seats or other such surfaces.
Chlamydia in the Mouth
It is possible, though unlikely, for a person to contract Chlamydia in the mouth during oral sex. Typically, this happens when male ejaculate carrying the bacteria ends up in the throat, although it is possible for it also to accompany female vaginal liquid. There are no known cases where Chlamydia transferred to the throat via kissing or anal to mouth contact, and typically, hand to mouth contact does not transmit the disease.
Mouth to genital transmission is possible but less likely.
In most cases, the symptoms of oral Chlamydia are mild. The infected person will experience some inflammation and redness and feel as if they have a sore throat but will not experience much more than this.
Treatment for Chlamydia in the Mouth
Chlamydia in the mouth is treated much like normal Chlamydia. The patient’s physician will prescribe antibiotics that will help the body to kill the bacteria. However, once a person has contracted Chlamydia they are at increased risk of contracting it again, so former patients should keep an eye out and have themselves checked for it regularly.
Because untreated Chlamydia can lead to long-term problems such as infertility or scarring, it is important that those who suspect they may be infected get tested and treated as soon as possible. Chlamydia tests usually involve either a urine test or a swab.
Because women may not have symptoms, the medical community suggests retesting within three months after treatment to ensure that the antibiotics have eradicated the bacteria.