Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Haemophilus ducreyi. It is a bacterial disease that is spread only through sexual contact, and characterized by painful sores on the genitalia. Chancroid is known to be spread from one individual to another solely through sexual contact. Uncircumcised men are at much higher risk than circumcised men for getting chancroid from an infected partner. Chancroid is a risk factor for the HIV virus.
Signs or Symptoms
After an incubation period of one day to two weeks, chancroid begins with a small bump that becomes an ulcer within a day of its appearance. The ulcer having following characteristics:
- Ranges in size from 1/8 inch to 2 inches across
- Its soft to touch, the word touch describe chancroid sore
- They are very painful but only men feels it .where as women’s are unaware
- Has a base that bleeds easily if traumatized or scraped
- Because chancroid is often asymptomatic in women, they may be unaware of the lesion(s)
- Has a base that is covered with a grey or yellowish-grey material
Chancroid is easily treated with antibiotics. Both you and your partner should be treated at the same time. Successful treatment cures the infection, resolves symptoms and prevents transmission to others. Treatment regimens may include the following: azithromycin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin (not recommended for pregnant or nursing females, or people younger than 18 years) and erythromycin base. If you do get chancroid, avoid contact with the infected area to prevent chance of spreading the infection to other parts of the body.