Secondary gonorrhea symptoms
Untreated gonorrhea can branch out from the initial infected area into other parts of the body. This causes secondary symptoms to occur.
Secondary symptoms include:
- Skin rashes – Untreated gonorrhea can get into the blood through the primary infection site. This can spread into the blood vessels of the skin and cause progressively worsening skin lesions if untreated. Without treatment, these will turn into necrotic lesions. Necrotic lesions are caused when healthy or still living tissues dies prematurely, causing black spots in the skin.
- Joint pain – Once gonorrhea has spread towards the other parts of the body, one of its prime targets is the joints. This is called gonococcal arthritis. Gonorrhea can also infect the fluid surrounding the joints, causing another type of joint pain called tenosynovitis.
- Other organs – When gonorrhea spreads through the bloodstream, other organs may be infected. When the heart is infected, the resulting condition is called infective endocarditis. It is caused by the infection and inflammation of the heart’s inner layer and valves. Since gonorrhea can infect joints, it can also infect the spinal column and brain. This will cause inflammation in those areas and create more problems such as fevers, headaches, neck stiffness, deafness, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, and cognitive deficits.
While gonorrhea is simple to treat, don’t get too complacent as even this seemingly simple infection can cause a myriad of problems if not treated early.
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