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What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
No symptoms: The majority with gonorrhea have no symptoms. If symptoms exist they are penile or vaginal discharge and burning with urination. If gonorrhea goes untreated in men and women it can spread to the blood stream and cause rash, joint infection, meningitis, and adrenal failure. In untreated women, gonorrhea can cause infection of the fallopian tubes and ovaries leading to infertility.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Variable: Women or men with gonorrhea may be asymptomatic. Rectal symptoms for men or women can include drainage, itching, bleeding & painful bowel movements. Pharyngeal gonorrhea can cause sore throat. Men may have pain with urination & discharge that is green, yellow or white. They may develop pain of the testes or scrotum. Women may have pain with urination, vaginal bleeding or vaginal discharge.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Often none at all: Nearly half of women with gonorrhea have no symptoms at all. When symptoms occur, the most common is increased vaginal discharge. Less often are painful urination, spotting between periods or after sex, or pain in the lower abdoman, sometimes with fever. In men, usually pus dripping from the penis and painful urination. If gonorrhea suspected, you and sex partner(s) must see doctor for exam & Rx.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Multiple symptoms: In men with urethral infection, it causes burning on urination, urethral discharge, and frequent or urgent urination. In women, it can cause vaginal discharge and similar urinary symptoms, with abdominal pain when it involves the fallopian tubes. Other symptoms can include sore throat, rectal pain or discharge, and joint pain and swelling.
Dr. Andrew Siegel
Urology 40 years experience
Pain, discharge: In men, the classic symptoms are burning with urination and the presence of a greenish-yellow urethral discharge.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sxs: Women or men with gonorrhea may be asymptomatic. Rectal symptoms for men or women can include drainage, itching, bleeding & painful bowel movements. Pharyngeal gonorrhea can cause sore throat. Men may have pain with urination & discharge that is green, yellow or white. They may develop pain of the testes or scrotum. Women may have pain with urination, vaginal bleeding or vaginal discharge.
Dr. Donald Rock
Obstetrics and Gynecology 72 years experience
Further note: To add to the excellent answer, gonorrhea in women can also lead to serious unfecions in the fallopian tube that can further lead to infertility.

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What are the signs or symptoms of gonorrhea?

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Discharge: Urethral dischare in men, women may not even know they have problem or they could have discharge. Not treated, disseminate to other areas of body, skin synovium etc.
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So mad. What are symptoms of gonorrhea?

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Depends: In wome, uncomplicated gonorrhea of the genital tract will produce vaginal itching and vaginal discharge in up to 50%. In men, uncompliacted gonorrhea will often cause a penile discharge as well as pain with urination.
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Can you tell me the symptoms of gonorrhea?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Most have none: Most people with gonorrhea are unaware and we find it during std testing. Symptoms may include yellow or white vaginal/penile discharge, burning with urination, pelvic pain, bleeding between periods, testicular pain. Gonorrhea can spread to the joints causing joint pain as well. Untreated infections can cause serious complications. Get tested.
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What is Gonorrhea?

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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection, easy to treat. It can cause urogenital infections in both men and women, including cervicitis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, which can lead to fertility problems. It can also cause throat infection, anal infection, eye infections, and, if it gets into the bloodstream, may, rarely, involve the liver, heart. brain, and joints.
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Can gonorrhea and chylamidia have the same symptoms?

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Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Essentially the same. You generally can't tell the difference between the two without laboratory testing.

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