Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. Chlamydia infections are the most common STD reported in America. Chlamydia can affect both men and women. Its symptoms can go unnoticed for long periods of time. When symptoms do appear, they may be mistaken for other illnesses such as urinary tract infections or gonorrhea. Testing of the urine can identify the strains of bacteria that cause chlamydia infections.
Strong Immune System
Having a strong immune system will help the body fight off most types of infection. If the immune system is weakened because of poor diet or from other illnesses, bacterial infections may have an easier time of establishing themselves. Eating wholesome, vitamin rich foods will help keep the immune system strong enough to reduce the chance of infections.
Prescription antibiotics like azithromycin and erythromycin can be prescribed by doctors took get rid of the infection. Most are given in daily doses that are taken over a 5-to-10-day period. As with any antibiotic, the entire amount should be taken to make sure the full benefit of the medication is received. Treatment may be extended if symptoms persist.
Cranberry juice or capsules can be taken to reduce the chance of bacterial infections advancing to the urinary tract. Echinacea, saw palmetto and garlic are also nutritional supplements that have antibacterial properties. Homeopathic therapists and practitioners of Chinese medicine can also create herbal combinations that are beneficial to eliminating and preventing several different types of infection.
Chlamydia infections are normally transmitted through sexual contact. Limiting the number of sexual partners and practicing safe sex will reduce the chances of contracting the infection. Using condoms may reduce the chance of infection, but they will not offer complete protection.
Good hygiene practices that include bathing daily and washing hands often, will reduce the levels of bacteria that cause the various types of chlamydia infections.
Recurrence of chlamydia infections are common. Not following the doctor's treatment plan or discontinuing the use of the prescribed antibiotics may lead to the re-establishment of large amounts of bacteria that leads to infection. Having unprotected sex with partners that are known to have STDs may also cause a recurrence. Get STD screenings as often as recommended by a physician.