There is no home treatment for
gonorrhea. It requires medicine prescribed by a doctor.
Prescription antibiotic medicine normally cures
gonorrhea infections. Gonorrhea does not cause
long-term problems if it is treated before any complications develop. But
gonorrhea can lead to many complications if it is not treated.
you have been diagnosed with gonorrhea:
- Take the full course of antibiotics as
prescribed by your doctor. If you skip doses or do not complete the treatment,
the infection may not be cured.
- Do not have sexual contact with
anyone while you are being treated. If your treatment is a single dose of
antibiotics, wait at least 7 days after taking the dose before having any
- Make sure your partner knows that he or she needs
to be treated even if there are no symptoms. You can spread the infection to
others even if you do not have symptoms.
- Call your doctor if your
symptoms continue or reappear after treatment or if new symptoms develop. You
may need a different antibiotic medicine or further tests.
Finding out that you have gonorrhea may cause you to have
negative thoughts or feelings about yourself or about sex. Talking to a
counselor or joining a support group for people who have sexually transmitted
infections (STIs) may be helpful.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
April 15, 2011
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