What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is common sexually transmitted infection usually infecting a mucous membrane such as the vagina, urethra, anus, throat, and the eyes. It is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. What is the Clap? It is known by several slang terms which include the clap, morning drip, dose, gleet, and running rage. Gonorrhea is Greek for “flow of seed”. The term clap comes from a French word for brothel. The infection is spread by infected bodily fluids from one person to the next.
What is the Prevalence of Gonorrhea?
There are more than 600,000 cases in the United States per year. Approximately half of those are reported to the CDC.
Eye Infections Secondary to Gonorrhea
Fortunately, an eye infection from this cause is not that common as far as eye infections are concerned. Such eye infection has some specific symptoms. The infection usually causes a significant amount of redness, itching, and irritation. People with a gonorrhea eye infection have an extreme amount of discharge from the eye which when seen by an eye doctor should be a tip that this infection may be from gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea Treatment of the Eye
Treatment of a gonorrhea eye infection also includes treatment systemically. People are placed on a topical antibiotic such as a fluoroquinolone qid for 10 days. Systemic treatment options:
- Ceftriaxone 250 mg intramuscular injection or
- Cefixime 400 mg orally 1 dose
- Azithromycin 1 gram orally 1 dose or
- Doxycycline 100 mg orally bid for 1 week
How Long is Pink Eye Contagious
I would be careful about infecting someone until completing the topical antibiotics. The incubation period before the infection symptoms appear is from 2 – 14 days with the symptoms usually appearing within the first few days of exposure.
Many strains of the bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics. If having sex where infection is possible, you should use a condom. If left untreated the infection can spread causing more severe and permanent complications.
Many people are asymptomatic in the early stages of infection. This may be as much as 50 percent.
Symptoms in Women
- Vaginal discharge
- Burning on urination
- Lower abdominal pain or pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Swelling in the pelvic area
- Sore throat
Symptoms in Men
- Discharge from penis
- Burning when urinating
- Sore throat
- Swelling in the genital area
If you have an eye infection with copious amounts of discharge, you may have gonorrhea conjunctivitis. You need to be tested and treated appropriately as well as any partners.