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Chlamydia Incubation Period

Know about the incubation period of chlamydia from this write-up. The article also briefs you on some important and basic aspects of the condition.
A sexually transmitted illness is one that, more often than not, gets transmitted through sexual contacts between two or more people. And one of the common types of such an illness is what we are discussing here in this article - 'chlamydia'. One major factor that makes chlamydia being left untreated when it is weak and still in its initial stage, is its nature of being asymptomatic. Meaning, in most cases the infection does not show any kind of manifestations thus, also known as the 'silent' disease. If 100 men are diagnosed with the infection, then 50 of them will have no symptoms. And if we consider 100 women having chlamydia, then about 70 or 80 of them are most unlikely to report any symptoms. The infection affects both men and women of all ages. However, young women accounts for the group that are most likely to contract the disease. The bacterium chlamydia trachomatis is known to be the culprit that triggers this infection. The infection does not cause much of a challenge in its treatment, but for that it must get detected at the right time.

What is the Incubation Period for the Sexually Transmitted Disease Chlamydia?

Incubation period refers to the time period that begins from the invasion of the bacteria into the body till the time when the first symptoms make their appearance. According to experts views, this period cannot be specified in the case of chlamydia. This is because, there have been cases wherein, the incubation period in some people was found out to be 1-3 weeks, while in some cases, the period was of several months. And to add to this, some people did not show any signs or symptoms until the infection did not spread to other parts of their body. Thus, the chlamydia incubation period is something that is different for each individual.

In women, chlamydia triggers:
  • Abnormal change in vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the lower abdominal region
  • Experience of pain during sexual intercourse; bleeding may also occur
  • Periods may become heavier than normal
  • Pain while urinating
In men, the infection may manifest in the form of:
  • Penile discharge; could be milky, cloudy or watery
  • Testicular pain
  • Painful urination
As the causal agent is bacteria, the most obvious treatment is the use of antibiotics. The course of the treatment may continue for 5 days or even 10 days, depending upon the condition of the patient. Some patients may be prescribed to take a one-time dosage, while some may have to medicate themselves daily or multiple times a day. As reported, the treatment when followed accordingly, then it is not less than 96% effective in getting rid of the infection within one to two weeks. Usually, irrespective of the test results, if someone is suspected to have contracted the infection, then he/she, along with his/her partner would be treated with antibiotics. To add to this, even if a person feels better after having started the treatment, it is mandatory to complete the entire course lest the infection may recur.
By Rajib Singha
Published: 5/16/2011
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