Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are a nasty surprise that can happen to anyone. However, they can be easily diagnosed through various laboratory tests and there are effective medicines for treating them. Our experts at the Skin Hospital treat countless numbers of cases each year and will treat you in full confidentiality. Don’t put off an STD test due to embarrassment.
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If you notice symptoms, make a doctor’s appointment
STD symptoms usually appear in the genital area, but also on the mucous membranes of the anus or throat. If you have any suspicious symptoms, you should make an appointment with a doctor. This will provide a quick diagnosis, confirmed with laboratory tests, and treatment can begin without undue delay. If you know that your partner is infected, he or she should also make an appointment. If you suspect that you have a symptomless infection, you can have this checked with a lab test.
Depending on the disease and symptoms, a typical treatment of an STD consists of antibiotics in the form of a course, as a single dose orally, or a local injection. Visible condylomas may also be frozen or treated with a laser, depending on the situation. The effect of treatment can be ascertained later with new laboratory tests.
Help with other problems involving intimate body areas
Symptoms indicative of an STD can sometimes turn out to be something completely different. Illnesses affecting the genital area include not only STDs, but a wide range of skin conditions that may also appear elsewhere on the body.
The cause of itching and red skin may not only be STDs, but also dry mucous membranes or a yeast infection. Other typical conditions include lichen ruber, lichen sclerosus and various types of irritant contact dermatitis and other dermatitis.
Atypical symptoms in the genital area should also be checked by a dermatologist.