What Is Chlamydia Trachomatis?
Chlamydia trachomatis is the bacterium responsible for chlamydia, which can manifest in various ways, such as cervicitis, salpingitis, trachoma, nongonococcal urethritis, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
History of Chlamydia Trachomatis
In 1907, chlamydia trachomatis was discovered by Ludwig Halberstädter and Stanislaus von Prowazek, who observed it in conjunctival scrapings from an experimentally infected orangutan.
A few years later after their discovery, researchers conducted multiple scientific studies to find out more about the newly discovered yet mysterious bacteria.
Those studies revealed that C. trachomatis infection in the genitalia — which is present as the chlamydia infection — is indistinguishable from a gonorrhea infection.
Furthermore, both gonorrhea infection and C. trachomatis infection are common causes of multiple other conditions, including urethritis and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Besides stating the similarities between the two infections, those same studies also revealed that C. trachomatis is the single most important infectious agent associated with blindness (trachoma).
According to the latest studies, C. trachomatis is responsible for about 19% of adult cases of conjunctivitis.
Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Chlamydia Trachomatis
Chlamydia trachomatis is the only documented cause of chlamydia, which can develop in multiple forms, including trachoma, cervicitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
So the symptoms vary depending on which disease we’re talking about. For instance, people who develop trachoma typically suffer from the following symptoms:
- Eye pain
- Eyelid swelling
- Photophobia (light sensitivity)
- Mild itching or irritation of the eyes and eyelids
- Discharge from the eyes containing mucus or pus
Whereas patients of cervicitis suffer from the following symptoms:
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent, painful urination
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Large amounts of unusual vaginal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, not associated with a menstrual period
Although none of those symptoms sound serious, health experts say that both trachoma and cervicitis can lead to more serious conditions if they’re not treated right away.
How You Can Treat Chlamydia Trachomatis
Since chlamydia trachomatis is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe a one-time dose of antibiotics. However, sometimes, the patients need to take the medication daily or multiple times a day for five to 10 days.
Furthermore, people who develop an infection due to chlamydia trachomatis should obtain from sex until the infection is completely resolved.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by chlamydia trachomatis, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by chlamydia trachomatis?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill chlamydia trachomatis is all you need to do.
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Our Path-Guard® System can kill chlamydia trachomatis in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.
For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.