How to Treat Trichomoniasis. Trichomoniasis is very easily cured in both men and women, though the infection is found much more often in women. Still, it is very important to seek prompt medical attention before any serious complications develop. Read on to learn how to treat trichomoniasis.
Know that trichomoniasis is easy to treat with medication that must be prescribed by your doctor. Metronidazole, the medication used to treat the infection, is given orally and usually only requires one dose. Flagyl is the most popular, commercially produced version of metronidazole.
Be aware that nausea and diarrhea are both occasional side effects of taking metronidazole. Alcohol should not be used while taking the medication or for at least 24 hours after treatment is completed. Other side effects include flushing of the skin and the taste of metal in the mouth.
Understand that some topical medicines are available to treat trichomoniasis. However, these medicines are proven to be less effective than metronidazole in curing the infection, though they may help to relieve some symptoms. They are usually used for patients who are allergic to metronidazole.
Realize that if you have a regular sexual partner, your doctor may recommend treatment for him as well, even if he isn't exhibiting symptoms. For many men, symptoms disappear without treatment, but the infection is still contagious.
Be aware that metronidazole is safe for use by pregnant women, though often not recommended for use in the first trimester. Trichomoniasis has been shown to cause premature births if left untreated. It is always best to consult your obstetrician regarding any medication questions during your pregnancy.
Abstain from sex during treatment for trichomoniasis. Both you and your partner should finish treatment completely before engaging in sexual activities, ensuring that you do not pass the bacteria again before being cured. Notify all sexual partners, so they can be tested for the bacteria and treated if necessary.
Remember that trichomoniasis is usually cured within one week after treatment. Follow-up care typically isn't considered necessary if symptoms disappear after treatment, but it is best to consult with your doctor to decide how to proceed.