What Is Trichomonas?

Trichomonas is a genus of anaerobic excavate parasites of vertebrates that belong to the Trichomonadidae family. According to recent estimations, the vertebrates of this genus are responsible for 276 million cases of urogenital infections each year.

History of Trichomonas

In 1836, the Trichomonas genus was first discovered by Alfred François Donné when he found these parasites in the pus of a patient suffering from vaginitis, an inflammation of the vagina.

Alfred named the genus after its morphological characteristics. The prefix, tricho, originates from the Ancient Greek word θρίξ, meaning hair, which perfectly describes T. flagella. The suffix, monas, describes its similarity to unicellular organisms from the Monas genus.

Later on in 1883, another researcher named Joseph Kunstle described the behavior of the parasite within the female urinary tract. He believed it to be harmless and ubiquitous.

However, he was proven wrong, as the most recent studies have proved the parasite can cause several urinary diseases in both men and women.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Trichomonas

Since different species of the genus Pasteurella cause different diseases, the symptoms vary completely depending on the condition we’re talking about.

For instance, some cause a urinary tract infection (UTI), whereas others can lead to trichomoniasis — both of which have completely different symptoms.

People who develop a UTI typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Blood in pee
  • Smelly or cloudy pee
  • Pain in lower tummy
  • Feeling tired and unwell
  • Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
  • Needing to pee suddenly or more often than usual

In comparison, trichomoniasis has completely different symptoms, including:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Redness or soreness of the genitals
  • Thinner or more volume of vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal discharge that is clear, white, yellowish, or greenish with an unusual fishy smell

Although none of those symptoms sound serious, health experts say diseases caused by Trichomonas can lead to more serious conditions if the parasite is not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Trichomonas

Since most species of the Trichomonas genus are developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat them today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically prescribe a single dose of oral antibiotic medications like metronidazole and tinidazole to treat a disease caused by Trichomonas.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by Trichomonas, 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 catching a disease caused by Trichomonas?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill Trichomonas is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill Trichomonas 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.