Chancroid

Name
Chancroid

Caused by
Hemophilas ducreyi

Type
Bacterial

Incidence
Was relatively uncommon in the United States, but has been on the rise. Over 5000 cases were reported last year.

Symptoms
A small, painful, pimple-like outbreak surrounded by redness. Within 48 hours, the sore fills with pus and bursts, leaving small ulcers. Many women are asymptomatic but can still transmit the infection to others.

Incubation
Symptoms appear three to five days after exposure.

Diagnosis
Physical examination by a medical professional.

Complications
In over half of all cases, the lymph nodes in the groin also become infected causing inflammation and swelling.

Treatment
Oral erythromycin or injection of ceftriaxone.