YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: GONORRHOEA

This is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that is characterized by a greenish creamy discharge, usually from the urethra but also from the vaginal vault in women. Similar discharge may appear in the pharynx, tonsils or anus as a consequence of oral or anal intercourse. Most often the discharge is associated with a sharp cutting pain and inflammation, although occasionally the discharge may be painless. It is this latter asymptomatic state that leads to inadvertent spread of this highly contagious condition.

Orthodox treatment ranges from a single large dose of a penicillin to longer courses of newer antibiotic generations – past injudicious use of antibiotics causing resistant and tougher strains of the gonococcal bacterium.

C S Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, paid special attention to gonorrhoea, which, until the 1940s (and even today if left untreated), was a debilitating, if not fatal, condition. Gonorrhoea can be responsible for urethral strictures leading to potential kidney damage, kidney infection, sterility, local abscesses and septicaemia, leading to infected organs including the brain. Hahnemann felt that a gonorrhoeal infection, like syphilis, may persist and be passed through generations. His fears may have less scientific foundation today, although congenital syphilis has certainly been proven to exist and have devastating effects. Gonorrhoea, from an orthodox point of view, is not thought of in the same way, although arguments may be made on a hypothetical basis. Traditional homeopaths will invariably ask about sexually transmitted diseases and ideally would like to know whether these were contracted by parents and grandparents. Today, were he alive, Hahnemann may well have grouped together other venereal diseases such as Trichomonas or Chlamydia and registered these as having a deeper or greater significance to overall health than medicine does at the moment. The debate continues.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Any discharge, discomfort or pain in the genitals should be seen by a GP immediately.

Avoid antibiotic use until a clear diagnosis has been confirmed by a reputable medical laboratory. Swabs need to be taken. In severe cases an antibiotic may be started, provided that a sample is taken before.

Herbal treatments are effective and, theoretically, homeopathic therapy may solve the problem but my recommendation is to use antibiotics and a suitable anti-antibiotic naturopathic therapy. ‘ Ensure that all sexual contacts are aware of the diagnosis and use condoms for intercourse until all symptoms and signs of infection have been absent for at least one week.

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