Chancroid is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that is characterized by open sores in the genitalia. It affects both men and women and is caused by Haemophilus ducreyi bacteria. Symptoms vary in men and women. Symptoms in men are small, red bump on the genitals that may open to a open sore. Ulcers may also form. In women, red bumps are found in the labia. A painful or burning sensation is experienced once the bump opens up. The bumps may break open and leak pus.
HOW IS CHANCROID DIAGNOSED?
The general surgeon or physician will usually extract a sample of the fluid present in the sores which will be studied in a lab test along with urine samples. The lymph nodes will also be examined to check for any pain and swelling.
HOW IS CHANCROID TREATED?
Treatment of chancroid is done through medication. Most chancroids heal on their own, but medication can help in healing faster and minimize scarring. Very large and painful abscesses may be drained by the general physician using a needle or surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Chancroid was once common in the US but now it is a rare condition. This is the reason why it is often not easily diagnosed. The condition is more common in men than in women.