Probably none of the “worldly pleasures” is not so “grounded” as sex is. One of those unfortunate natural “sanctions” is the Cankerous or chancroid. The sexually transmitted disease caused by “Haemophilus Ducrey”, a bacteria (parasite), present on the mucous membranes of human and animal bodies, although it is known for thousands of years, until the mid 19th century (and even long afterwards) it was confused with the syphilis . Only in 1852, Leon Bassereau (French scientist, 1810 - 1887) succeeded to observe the pathological difference between syphilis and chancroid, but its exact cause was discovered in the latter part of the century, by Augusto Ducrey (a researcher whose name “marked” the name of the bacterium).

The disease is highly contagious, much more common among men, with an incubation period (the time that elapses from the moment of contamination until the first signs of disease) between 4 and 7 days, possible to be contacted including by dermal touch with the person already infected, even before he/she shows specific symptoms of illness. What else could be more wonderful, right?

Infected women generally have no symptoms, but if they still occur, they are manifested in the form of bumps (in relief), red around, being slightly painful to the touch.

    In men, the disease causes the appearance of a papule (bladder) painful to touch, surrounded by reddened subtle edema (swelling), which grows quickly in 2-3 days turning into a bleb (a blister, a “bag” containing pus). At one point it breaks, resulting in purulent ulceration (lesion), bloody and very painful in the genital or perianal region (around the anus), with the possibility of spreading in other areas of the body.

In some cases, the lesions evolve unusually, appearing pretty much one near the other, after a while to unite and cause enormous wounds.

In women may appear including greenish vaginal discharge and foul smelling or intense pain during intercourse. Well and truly... a dream disease!

The accurate diagnosis of Chancroid is difficult, because the clinical signs are similar to syphilis, Venerian Lymphogranulomatosis, Genital Herpes or Donovanosis (diseases that also manifests by genital ulcers). It thus requires microscopic examination of samples collected within the lesion or for greater accuracy it may be required cultures of the bacteria in special environments. If lesions are heavily infected, it is recommended even biopsy (removal by surgical procedures of a fragment of living tissue to be studied under a microscope). And ironically, it all starts so nice... with those thrills before sex.

Unfortunately, not few are the cases where Chancroid “comes bundled” together with genital herpes, syphilis or even worse, with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Meaning, with a whole group of friends more or less “cute”, just waiting to invade your privacy with their own “hippie” lifestyle. Therefore, when determining the Cankerous diagnosis, there will be done also tests for the existence of other possible diseases.

Treatment is decided exclusively by a physician (which is the Gynecologist or the Dermatologist), which will prescribe the optimal schedule of antibiotics administration.

If done in time, the treatment is effective, it is not expensive and nor long lasting. Your doctor will decide, depending on tests’ results, what fits best for each patient.

Chancroid can heal itself after a few weeks, but leaving behind scars quite noticeable. Under no circumstances it should be understood that indifferent waiting is the same with the visit to the doctor. DO NOT FORGET! There is a real danger that once with Chancroid to get also other more serious infections. Parasites are extremely partiers and rapidly “come together” with each other.

To avoid all these inconveniences, it is advisable to use the CONDOM during sexual act. Prevention drastically reduces the risk of infection.