STDs: What to do if it burns "downstairs"?
In some regions of Germany, venereal diseases occur more often. Infections can remain without symptoms. The pathogens can still be passed on. Those affected are often ashamed and therefore avoid visiting a doctor. It can be dangerous.
STDs often cause discomfort in the genital area, but can also be without symptoms. (Image: SENTELLO / fotolia.com)
STDs can be dangerous
Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis and others have been on the rise in Europe for years. In some areas, such as Saxony, more and more people are infected with such pathogens. The State Examination Office for Health and Veterinary Science (LUA) came to this conclusion in its current “Annual Report 2014”. Experts repeatedly advise that you should go to the urologist if you have itching in the genital area. But many don't, and it can be dangerous.
Many feel ashamed when it "itches below"
Those affected are often ashamed of itching, burning or scratching "around the bottom" and therefore avoid visiting a doctor. But this would be urgently needed. Some venereal diseases can lead to infertility or even cancer if left untreated. This is reported by the tablet magazine "Apotheken Umschau elixier". According to the information, there are effective therapies against gonorrhea, syphilis or chlamydia, which is common in Germany. However, an infection often remains asymptomatic. So pathogens are often unwantedly passed on to partners.
Protect against infection with condoms
According to health experts, it is also problematic that some of the illnesses can only show symptoms after a long time. Although reddish ulcers on the genital organs or where the pathogens were able to penetrate the organism are possible signs of syphilis infection, these ulcers are usually not accompanied by pain at the initial stage. However, they give off an aqueous liquid that threatens to transmit the disease. About two months after the infection, sufferers usually suffer from flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches. The lymph nodes swell and an itchy rash develops. Regardless of whether syphilis or other venereal diseases: The use of condoms protects you and your sexual partner from infection. (ad)