If a person finds himself or herself exposed to someone with Chancroid some necessary steps should be taken to cure or at least to prevent the disease. A person should abstinence from having sex, should follow mutual monogamy that is to have sex with only one uninfected partner. Water-based spermicides should be used for vaginal coition. Use of spermicide is not suggested nor is it found to be effectual for oral or anal intercourse.
A person can also use latex condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex. Penis and vagina can be protected from infection by using latex condoms, but that doesn’t protect other parts of the body such as the scrotum or anal area.
The best way so far is to avoid any kind of physical contact with the infected person. And if you happen to be infected from chancroid, avoid contact with the infected area to check possibility of autoinoculation.
Symptoms of Chancroid usually appear within 10 days from exposure. They seldom develop earlier than 3 days or later than ten days. The ulcer develops as a soft, elevated bump, or zit, that goes pus-filled, open sore with gnarled or tattered edges. It is soft to the touch distinct to a syphilis chancre which is firm or gristly.
As soon as the symptoms began to occur a diagnosis test must be conducted to detect the disease or infection present in the body. Diagnosis of Chancroid is done by separating the bacteria Hemophilus Ducreyi (pronounced hum-AH-fill-us DOO-cray) from a genital ulcer in a culture.
Since the treatment is done by antibiotics, a follow-up examination is conducted 3 to 7 days after treatment begins. If the treatment works then within 7 days the ulcers will began to heal and improve.
You should discuss it with your partner as soon as you have learnt about your chancroid infection. Telling your partner can be really difficult, but it’s important for you to talk to your partner as soon as possible so that she or he can follow prevention or if infected should get the treatment done.
If you suffer from a genital ulcer or painful, inflamed lymph nodes, you should talk to your doctor regarding whether or not you should go for a test. But in most of the cases the patients are asymptomatic. If you are having unprotected sex or find out that your partner is having unprotected sex with another person, you should ask your doctor about getting tested.