Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection. The condition is easily transmitted from one individual to another solely through unprotected sexual contact. The condition is a bacterial infection that causes genital sores. The symptoms usually appear about 4 to 10 days after the infection and there are open sores on the penis, rectum and vulva. The sores can be painful and pus filled. There can also be swollen glands on the groin.
HOW IS CHANCROID DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider diagnoses chancroid by looking at the ulcer and checking for swollen lymph nodes and testing for other sexually-transmitted diseases. There is no blood test for chancroid. Diagnosing the condition may involve taking samples of the fluid that drains from the sore. These samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis.
HOW IS CHANCROID TREATED?
Chancroid may be successfully treated with medication. The infection may clear up without treatment, but medication will help recover and minimize scarring. The medications are antibiotics to kill bacteria that are causing ulcers and to reduce the chance of scarring, surgery to drain a large and painful abscess in the lymph nodes.
DID YOU KNOW?
The use of condoms can prevent this condition to a great extent.