Gonorrhea, disseminated

  • Condition resulting from untreated gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection
  • Bacterial infection spreads to the bloodstream often affecting the entire body
  • Symptoms may include fever, joint pain, red rash or skin lesions and discharge from the vagina or penis
  • Spread by sexual contact with an infected person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in teenagers and young adults
  • May be mild to severe resulting in complications

Avoid sexual intercourse

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

 

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