Treating gonorrhea requires a lot of care and caution. Simply put, you should not self-medicate, neither should you heed medical advice from friends or anyone who is not a medical expert. It is not advisable either for you to base your medication from a friend who is likewise suffering from the disease. Remember that individuals require individual health and medical attention and only a doctor can determine which treatment approach will work for you.
Since most people with gonorrhea don't show symptoms of the disease, the sensible thing to do is for you to seek consultation and medication if you suspect that a sex partner has contaminated you. Don't wait for symptoms, which may not appear at all. On the other hand, if symptoms do appear, it usually takes within five days from the time of infection for these signs to show up.
If you know you have been exposed to gonorrhea, abstain from sex until such time that your doctor gives you a clean bill of health. Once you have consulted your doctor and he is ready to prescribe medicines for you, tell him about your medical history especially if you have allergies to antibiotics. Treatment of gonorrhea requires a lot of antibiotics hence it is safe to tell your doctor about any history of adverse reaction to medicines so he will know what to prescribe you.
When you are already undergoing medication, follow the medical routine as per your doctor's advice. Never miss out on you medication schedule. Take all your medicines on time and in right dosage.
After consuming your medicines, (this usually takes seven days) go back to your doctor for further consultation. During this time, he may conduct more laboratory examinations to determine if you are still infected.
When a person undergoes treatment for gonorrhea, he should include the partner for medication as well. This is very important particularly for married couples. Complete and successful treatment of gonorrhea necessitates treatment for both partners and treating only one of them otherwise defeats the purpose of preventing the spread of the disease. Since you are infected, your partner is 100% infected too so both of you might as well go through medication at the same time.
Some of the potent drugs usually prescribed for gonorrhea are: ceftriaxone, cefixime and cephalosporin. Of course these are only the common and popular medicines and should be taken only upon prescription by a doctor.
During the treatment period, the following personal care should be observed:
- Proper hygiene, which suggests constant vaginal washing for women with the use of prescribed vaginal wash.
- Constant change of underwear though women should avoid wearing non-cotton underwear as well as tight panties with garter sides.
- Men should wear fresh and comfortable briefs all the time - not so tight and not so loose.
To completely get rid of gonorrhea, practicing safe sex is mandatory. Even if you take tons of medicines every day if you don't address the problem to its core - the disease will stay. Remember, untreated gonorrhea may lead to complications when it spreads to other parts of the body such as the heart, brain and liver. Complete treatment and precautionary measures should therefore be firmly observed.