How long does Doxycycline take to work for infections?

2nd April 2019

Doxycycline can settle infection symptoms fairly quickly. If you have pain passing urine and have discharge (common symptoms of Chlamydia), the drug will usually work in a week and improve symptoms. For pelvic and testicular pains, the pain will go away in as little as 2 weeks. For menstrual problems, taking Doxycycline will improve symptoms by the next menstrual cycle.

What is Doxycycline?

Doxycycline is an antibiotic drug that is used for treating several infectious diseases such as typhus fever, Q fever, tick fevers, UTI or urinary tract infection, trachoma, rectal infections, cholera, brucellosis, relapsing fever, tularemia cholera, anthrax, acne, gonorrhoea, syphilis, lymphogranuloma venereum, and more. In severe intestinal amoebiasis, it is the antibiotic medication used together with amebicides.

Since there are several microorganism strains that are found very resistant to doxycycline, further tests are required for its use and treatment.

Chlamydia and Doxycycline

One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases is Chlamydia. Chlamydia is brought about by the bacteria called ‘Chlamydia Trachomatis.’ This kind of bacteria is able to infect our reproductive and urinary organs and is usually contracted via sexual contact.

There are two kinds of Chlamydia - Chlamydia psittaci, and Chlamydia pneumoniae. The latter can be passed via sneezing and coughing, whereas the former is a bacteria from birds that are passed to humans. But in this post, we will discuss Chlamydia trachomatis. This kind of chlamydia can be cured with the aid of antibiotics such as doxycycline.

What is Chlamydia – What do I need to know?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease brought about by bacterial infections as a result of unprotected sexual activities. Chlamydia trachomatis, as well as Chlamydia suis, are the leading kinds of bacteria that can cause a Chlamydia infection. These kinds of bacteria are unable to sustain life without a living host; hence it is very convenient for it to move from one body to another via the exchange of some bodily fluids. This STD can also be transmitted by a pregnant woman to a newborn baby who has been infected through childbirth via the birth canal.

This kind of disease is said to be asymptomatic, and no visible symptoms can be had, making it difficult to detect if one is infected with the STD. Symptoms of the disease can vary from person to person. Women experience unusual discharge on the vagina, have painful urination, have irregular bleeding during menstrual period, and abdominal pain. Men, on the other hand, have unusual discharge on the penis, have a burning sensation when urinating, abdominal pain, and more.

A huge percentage of the overall population of patients infected with Chlamydia are clueless that they are infected, hence leaving the disease untreated for a long period. When left untreated there are other serious health consequences that can happen such as infertility, and inflammation of the testicles in men, and inflammation of pelvis in women.

Chlamydia treatments are something a patient should never take for granted. As mentioned above, when left untreated, this can result in a far more grave medical condition. Early detection and cure is always the best resort. One can reduce the risk of other health complications when treated early on. With the right antibiotics to cure Chlamydia, the disease can be easily eradicated fast. Take the right medication, dosage, and take it on the correct times to help cure the disease fast. The most commonly used antibiotics to cure Chlamydia are Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Tetracycline, Ciprofloxacin, and Azithromycin.

Do men get Chlamydia?

A lot of sexually active men who engage in unprotected sex are potential candidates for acquiring sexually transmitted diseases. STD or sexually transmitted disease (as the name suggests) is a kind of disease that is obtained through sexual contact. STDs can be incurable or curable. One of the most common STDs in men is Chlamydia.

Chlamydia infection among men is always linked with painful urination. Other symptoms can include itchiness and burning sensation on the penis tip, frequent painful urination, and abnormal discharge from the opening of the penis that can range from white to yellowish colour. Chlamydia is asymptomatic; it is quite often that men do not know they are already infected because they do not experience any pain or discomfort. Plus, severe symptoms appear only after 2-3 weeks of being infected.

Chlamydia infection among men can be treated with antibiotics. Your doctor can examine you, offer the right diagnosis, and prescribe the right antibiotics for your treatment. While under treatment, you have to avoid any further sexual activity for the meantime that you are being treated. Engaging in sexual activity with another person will not only easily transfer and spread the disease but it can further aggravate your health condition. Worse, you can get re-infected.

If ignored or left untreated, chlamydia among men may cause extreme pain and discomfort. It can even cause infertility.