A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Chlamydia
I had a question the other day about chlamydia.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexually transmitted chlamydia infection accounts for most of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemic in the US.
Chlamydia is believed to be twice as common as gonorrhea.
This infection can be transmitted or contracted during anal, oral, or vaginal sex with an infected partner.
In 2007, 1,108,374 cases of chlamydia were reported, a big jump from 1997 when only 537,904 cases were reported.
It’s estimated the true number is 2.8 million cases, more than half of which are undiagnosed.
About 4% of 18- to 26-year-olds who’re sexually active had chlamydia.
Symptoms of chlamydia include genital inflammation, vaginal or urethral discharge, difficulty urinating and a burning sensation during urination, painful intercourse, and itching around the inflamed area.
The symptoms appear within 1-3 weeks of contact with an infected partner.
These symptoms can appear in both men and women.
However, as many as 50% of the men and 75% of the women who have chlamydia experience no symptoms at all, or symptoms so mild they don’t get treatment.
This is unfortunate because untreated chlamydia infection in women leads to sterility in about 30% of cases.
Pelvic inflammatory disease and irreparable damage to your reproductive system can occur, and a hysterectomy may be needed.
Also, women who’ve been infected with chlamydia may have 3-5 times the risk of becoming infected with HIV if they’re exposed to it.
Babies born to mothers with chlamydia may suffer from pneumonia or conjunctivitis (an eye infection).
Both of those illnesses need treatment with antibiotics.
In males, prostatitis and inflammation of the seminal vesicles may be caused by chlamydia.
Symptoms of prostatitis include pain when urinating and a watery mucous discharge from your penis.
Men may also notice pain and swelling in their testicles.
Diagnosis of chlamydia infection is made based on a bacterial test of urine or vaginal or urethral discharge.
There are also many tests available today that can supplement or even replace the traditional culture.
To deal with chlamydia, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to remain hydrated and flush toxins.
*Astragalus, pau d’arco, and red clover help with healing. (Don’t use astragalus if you have a fever.)
*Eat a diet consisting mainly of fresh (organic whenever possible) vegetables and fruits, plus brown rice, raw seeds and nuts, well-cooked poultry, white fish, and whole grains.
*Avoid highly processed, fried, and junk foods.
*In addition to purified water, drink sugar-free juices and herbal teas.
*Take a probiotic to replenish the “friendly” bacteria destroyed by antibiotics.
*If you have symptoms of chlamydia infection, don’t delay getting treatment. The danger of complications increases as time passes.
*If you’re under 35 and have had more than one sexual partner, you should be tested yearly.
*All partners must be treated for this disorder so the disease isn’t transmitted back and forth. Both sexes have similar discharges, and it’s through this discharge the disease is transmitted during sexual contact.
*Chlamydia has been linked to a form of arthritis in young women. In one study, the microorganism was found in the joints of nearly half those with unexplained arthritis.
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