The Chancroid infection is caused by the Haemophilus Ducreyi bacteria, which affects the tissue and leads to the growth of an open sore in the reproductive area. This is also known as an ulcer. It is also a contagious infection. The symptoms include red bumps, bleeding ulcers, swollen lymph nodes and swelling in the groin region.
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?
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.
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Surgery may cause some light scarring at the site.