What Are Bacterium Chlamydia Effects?

The effects of Chlamydia infection are important to be known because these are frequent complications of this disease which arise from late diagnosis and treatment. Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world and the most dangerous thing about it is that it is asymptomatic (in over 70% of cases) which makes it difficult to diagnose and treat.

One of the Chlamydia side effects is blindness which may occur as a result of Chlamydial conjunctivitis. Although most commonly the genital area is affected by this type of infection, the bacteria can affect the eyes as well. However, blindness caused by Chlamydial infections decreased consistently. If more than 15% of blindness cases were cause by Chlamydia in 1995, in 2002 only 3.6% of blind people had their condition cause by the same infection.

Other Chlamydia side effects include rheumatological conditions and perinatal infections. Young men are prone to develop urethritis due to Chlamydial infections. Also, undiagnosed men are at risk of developing reactive arthritis (also known as reiter’s syndrome). Although both these conditions can affect men and women, they tend to be more common in men than women. At the same time, it is estimated that approximately 50% of the infants born to mothers infected with Chlamydia will be born with the disease. There are many bacterium Chlamydia effects that affect infants and some of them include spontaneous abortion, conjunctivitis, premature birth, and pneumonia. Conjunctivitis due to Chlamydia in newborns usually occurs within one week after birth.

Bacterium Chlamydia effects can be observed in women and men but in different ways. Complications from untreated Chlamydia in women include the pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy. Both of these conditions are serious and can cause severe complications including infertility and other complications which may have a long-term result. The pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition in which the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are infected and inflamed.

Men who got infected with Chlamydia and did not treat teat properly or at all are at risk of developing a painful swelling of the testicles. Also, men with untreated Chlamydia may develop a condition called epididymitis in which the tubes where the sperm mature in the testicles get infected. Finally, it may also lead to infertility.

All together the effects of Chlamydia are serious and are not to be ignored. In women for instance an ectopic pregnancy can be even fatal. Because it is however difficult to diagnose because of its lack of symptoms, individuals who are considered to be at risk of contacting Chlamydia infections are recommended to get tested. This is the only way to avoid the effects of Chlamydia infection on the long run and the unwanted complications.

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