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Often men are quick to assume that they would know if they had an STD (sexually transmitted disease); unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Many STDs cause symptoms while others don’t. In most cases, the symptoms are easily mistaken for other conditions including common yeast infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs). Knowing the signs and symptoms of common STDs and understanding the risks associated with sexual activity will help you limit your exposure and help you understand treatment if an infection occurs. You can make an appointment to get tested for STDs at EZCare Clinic and see a doctor for any signs or symptoms you may be experiencing.

What is penile discharge?

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Penile discharge is a condition in which fluid collects in the urethra as a result of an infection. The urethra is the tube through which urine and semen pass from the body. This material can be hardly noticeable or impossible to ignore. It can appear watery and transparent or opaque and cloudy containing pus and occasionally even blood. The odor may be unpleasant or not noticeable at all. It is easy to understand why this condition is so confusing for the average person considering the difference in the appearance of the discharge. Penile discharge is one of many signs of a more significant problem and should always be evaluated by a physician.

Causes of penile discharge

Several conditions can cause penile discharge. Urinary Tract or yeast infections are often the underlying factor and can be accompanied by pain or a burning sensation during urination as well as the need for frequent urination. These types of infection are generally easy to treat and with the proper medications, curable. Unfortunately, there are also several STDs that can result in this unwanted condition. The type of STD will determine treatment, but if caught early, almost all can be treated as well.

Urinary Tract Infections

Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) that is naturally present in our bodies. An infection occurs when the bacterium enters the urinary tract through the urethra. While men of all ages can get a UTI, it is more common among older men due to a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland called benign prostatic hyperplasia. This condition causes the prostate to wrap around the bladder where it connects to the urethra making it harder for urine to pass. Bacteria that is typically flushed out with the urine is retained inside the bladder allowing it to grow.

Urinary Tract Infections

Other factors that increase your risk for UTIs in Men

  • Diabetes
  • Being uncircumcised
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Immobility
  • Dehydration or not drinking enough fluids
  • Engaging in anal intercourse which exposes the urethra to more bacteria

If you are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, it is necessary to drink plenty of fluids to increase urination levels. Urination will help flush the bacteria from your system. Antibiotics should be prescribed as well. It is always a good practice to take all the medications that your doctor prescribes. Discontinuing an antibiotic early encourages the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Occasionally, people will recommend drinking cranberry juice to eliminate a UTI or to speed up the recovery. While there have been promising experiments with mice that suggested cranberry juice is helpful, this method is unproven.

Penile discharge is only one of the symptoms that can be present with a UTI. Others can include burning during urination, lower back pain and the frequent urge to go to the bathroom. If any of these symptoms are present, consultation with a physician is recommended.

Yeast Infections

Candida yeasts are commonly found on the penis even though approximately only 37 percent of men with the yeast develop an infection. Unlike vaginal yeast infections, infections in men are usually, but not always, the result of sexual activity. To put it bluntly, the man has had sex with someone who is suffering from a yeast infection. However, it is important to note that this type of infection is not considered an STD because men can get the infection without having sex as well.  Antibiotics, Diabetes, immune-suppressing illness (especially HIV) and the use of corticosteroids can increase a man’s chances of getting a yeast infection. Men who have never been circumcised also have a higher risk than those who have had the procedure. Common symptoms of a yeast infection in men are redness, swelling, rash-like bumps that may contain pus, pain during urination or sex, discharge, unpleasant odor and burning or itching around the head of the penis that worsens after having sex.

Like yeast infections in women, penile yeast infections are easily treated with antifungal drugs. There are also several over-the-counter and prescription based topical medicines that are effective in treating yeast infections. If you believe you have a yeast infection, but over-the-counter medications are not sufficient, a doctor’s visit is necessary.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If your penile discharge isn’t caused by a UTI or yeast infection, the cause may be one of a more personal nature. Symptoms of several sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) include penile discharge. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two of the most common STDs in men with an estimated one to four million new cases diagnosed each year. Both infections can cause serious health concerns especially when left untreated. Because penile discharge is not considered to be a typical occurrence, medical advice should be sought for this condition.

Unfortunately, not everyone experiences symptoms with an STD until the disease is in advanced stages. If you are sexually active, yearly screenings are recommended to ensure your health and to prevent the spread of infections. The only way to completely avoid an STD is to refrain from all types of sexual activity, vaginal, anal and oral. Condoms and dental dams or barriers are proven to be an appropriate means of prevention, though not as effective as abstinence, but only when used correctly. To further help limit exposure to STDs, refrain from having sex with multiple partners or with anyone who has open sores, lesions, a rash or who has been diagnosed with an STD.

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If you live in the San Francisco area and are experiencing any penile discharge, call EZCare Clinic today. Our medical team is knowledgeable in treating delicate situations such as this. Whether you are sexually active or not, EZCare clinic can accurately diagnose your condition and offer effective treatment and prevention methods. Penile discharge, like any other medical condition, is no reason for embarrassment. Our facility is standing by to provide expert, confidential care. Appointments are appreciated but not necessary. You can walk-in, or reach us at (415) 966-0848 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week.


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Vaginal discharge isn’t always something to cause concern. There are several reasons that an increased amount of discharge is occurring, while most of these are natural changes in the body, there are a few that are signs of an underlying condition. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms along with an increased amount of discharge, it may be time to consult your healthcare provider.

When is a vaginal discharge considered healthy?Healthy Vaginal Discharge

Most women produce approximately one teaspoon of white or clear discharge a day. It can be thin, thick, slippery, or creamy and be either white or off-white. Very little or no odor is common.  In the days following your menstrual period, you may experience a dark red or brown discharge as the uterus continues to expel blood.

Depending on where you are in your cycle, you may see an increase in the amount of discharge as you ovulate. Once the egg is released the amount lessens and becomes thicker and whiter. Other symptoms of ovulation include increased basal body temperature, one-sided abdominal pain, and spotting.

If the discharge you are experiencing is within these ranges, it is most likely normal and considered healthy. However, some factors will also determine the health of any discharge including age, sexual activity, medications or other underlying health conditions. STD testing and treatment in San Francisco.

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalances in women can occur when there is an abnormal amount, too much or too little, of a hormone in the bloodstream. Hormones are chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system and travel through the bloodstream to the tissues and organs telling the organs what to do and when. They are also crucial for regulating most major bodily processes making imbalances able to affect several functions. Even small imbalances can wreak havoc throughout the body. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by numerous underlying issues such as stress or other health conditions. If the inequality is with hormones dealing with the reproductive system, an increased amount of vaginal discharge may be seen. Consultation with a physician is warranted if the discharge does not resolve over a relatively short amount of time or if there are other symptoms associated as well.

Individuals that use tampons during their menstrual cycle or condoms for sexual activity may be surprised to learn that it isn’t uncommon to “lose” one. Typically, during the final days of your period, the flow is light making it easy for some women to forget the tampon. Women who are very busy or stressed may put in a new tampon before taking out the previous one, not realizing it until symptoms present. Coincidentally, during sexual intercourse, if the condom has not been used correctly or is the wrong size, it can fall off and become lost in the vagina.

Both scenarios can lead to excessive, foul-smelling discharge ranging in colors from yellow to green or pink to brown. Other symptoms may include fever, itching, pain during sex or urination, and rash or swelling around the vagina.

Often, women are not able to retrieve the offending object even if they realize what has happened. A trip to your doctor and occasionally antibiotics, if an infection has begun, may be warranted. Recovery from this type of issue is generally quick once the foreign object has been removed.

Yeast infections

Approximately 75 percent of women are affected by yeast infections at one time or another. Several conditions can cause them to occur such as antibiotics, a weak immune system, high blood sugar or tight synthetic clothing.

Antibiotics are useful in treating certain illnesses. Unfortunately, they can also disrupt the delicate balance in the vagina causing a yeast infection. Typically, this condition will result in a watery or cottage-cheese-like discharge along with itching, rash, pain or soreness and burning during sex or urination.

Other health conditions such as a weak immune system or high blood sugar should be addressed with your physician to help prevent yeast infections. It may sound like an obvious solution, but if the cause of infections are the type or fit of clothes you are wearing, minor changes to your wardrobe may be the only way to prevent future outbreaks.

Treatment for yeast infections includes either over-the-counter or prescription antifungal medications or topical ointments. While the condition is extremely uncomfortable, it typically reacts well to these types of treatment helping you to feel more like yourself in no time.

Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions are possible in or around the vagina just like other parts of the body. Typical offenders are cleansers, douches, sex toys, clothing, and even toilet paper. Itching, redness or pain during sex or urination can be seen along with an excess in vaginal discharge. Usually, once you have discontinued use of the product, symptoms will disappear as the vagina returns to normal. In some cases, medical treatment may be necessary.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) in WomenSexually Transmitted Infection Symptoms

STIs in women such as gonorrhea and chlamydia often have no initial symptoms; however, as it progresses, infected women may experience foul-smelling or thick vaginal discharge and possibly even bleeding between periods. If left untreated, STIs can lead to more severe infections of the reproductive organs like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and fertility.

Treatment for STIs varies depending on the diagnosis. Strong antibiotics are most often prescribed, and most infections respond positively if caught early. Regardless if you are experiencing symptoms of an STI or not, routine annual screenings or testing are highly recommended if you are sexually active. The sooner you begin treatment, if infected, the higher your chances are of a successful recovery. To prevent the spread of STIs always use proper protection and use precautions.

When to see a healthcare provider

Most often vaginal discharges are not a cause for concern unless there are other unusual symptoms as well. Patients should seek the advice of a medical professional if experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Sores
  • Fever
  • Strange odor
  • Yellow, green or gray discharge
  • Abnormal bleeding between menstrual cycles.

EZCare STD Clinic is dedicated to working with each of our patients to determine the cause of any issues. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms, don’t wait, call today and schedule an appointment (415) 966-0848. Our caring staff will address all your healthcare needs 7 days a week, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm PST. With numerous specialties and clinics to choose from, your health and confidentiality is our top priority.


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STD Testing and Treatment in San Fransisco

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) are viruses that are passed from person to person through sexual interactions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20 million STD infections occur per year in the United States (cdc.gov, 2017). An STD can be transmitted orally or genitally (i.e., through the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus). Although some STDs can treatable and curable through proper medications, some STDs are permanent such as, HIV/AIDS, herpes, and syphilis are incurable.

Depending on your condition, symptoms may include genital warts, sores on mouth or genitals, genital and body rashes, pain when urinating, or painful sexual intercourse. At EZCare Clinic in San Francisco, we provide quick and private evaluations and treatments for all patients being seen for an STD. Under typical circumstances, we may test for STDs through urine or blood tests. Once test results are received, our doctors will be able to establish a proper treatment plan for your condition. To avoid infecting anybody else with your STD, always be sure to use protection during intercourse.

If you are pregnant, you must seek treatment through your primary care doctor or gynecologist. Patients with incurable conditions such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, or HIV will be directed to seek treatment from another healthcare specialist.

To learn more about how we can help you with STD treatment, call EZCare Clinic in San Francisco at (415) 966-0848 to schedule an appointment today for a consultation.

What to expect at your STD visit

  • Call us to schedule your appointment.
  • Depending on your age, treatment EZCare Clinic may vary.
  • Patients who experience severe shortness of breath or trouble breathing should visit the emergency room.
  • Sign-in at the front desk and be sure to complete the necessary paperwork.
  • Our doctors will review your medical history and talk about your allergy symptoms with you before conducting a physical examination.
  • Following testing, we will recommend a personalized treatment plan to fit your lifestyle and allergy needs.

Once your visit is complete, you may pick up a full summary of your condition and prescription at the front desk.

What you should know before getting an STD treatment in San Francisco.

STD’s or Sexually Transmitted Diseases are infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Unfortunately, they are extremely common making the possibility of being infected highly likely if you are having unprotected sex. STD’s are passed through all forms of sexual contact, vaginal, anal or oral and are found in heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual populations. Not everyone who is infected with an STD is suffering from any symptoms. The best way to protect yourself from being infected is to limit your number of sexual partners and always use protection during any sexual encounter. STD’s can be dangerous and even fatal if left untreated. Testing for these types of infections are commonplace and should not inhibit anyone from being tested. The good news is that for most STD’s, they are easy to treat when caught early; however, there are some that cannot be cured. For those, treatment is crucial to living a productive life. Visit EzCare STD Clinic in San Francisco to get help.

STD facts everyone should know

Most healthy individuals routinely see a physician at least once a year for a checkup. Regrettably, unless you specifically request them, most physicians will not perform any STD testing. Because not all individuals have symptoms or if symptoms are present, they may be mistaken for other illnesses such as a yeast or urinary tract infection; it is essential to discuss any high-risk behavior with your doctor. Multiple partners, unprotected sex, and sex with someone diagnosed with an STD are all reasons to be tested. The CDC has introduced screening guidelines for sexually transmitted diseases and infections. If you are sexually active, your STD doctor can recommend the appropriate test. Walk-in to EZCARE STD Clinic in San Francisco to get help.

Even if someone has no symptoms, diseases can be passed from one person to another. HIV is one of the most commonly thought of illnesses that can be transmitted despite the lack of symptoms. Ten or more years can pass from infection to the point that symptoms begin to develop. For certain high-risk groups, the CDC recommends annual STD screening for diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and during pregnancy. Unfortunately, some conditions can be passed on to an unborn child requiring medications or specific precautions during pregnancy and delivery.

Untreated STD’s can have severe consequences. While both men and women can be infected, women often experience worse and more frequent complications than men. Typically, by the time women notice symptoms and seek treatment, the damage may be irreversible. Pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and cervical cancer caused by HPV are just a few of the issues women face with undiagnosed and untreated STD’s. Pregnant women are also more susceptible to have premature deliveries, ectopic pregnancies, and even miscarriages.

Currently, there are more than 25 different types of STD’s that can affect individuals who are sexually active. Despite the common misconception, no one can be immune from being infected with an STD if you are sexually active. Those who engage only in vaginal sex are just as likely to be affected at some point in their lives as those who participate in oral or anal sex.

How to prevent contracting an STD?

The only sure way to prevent an STD is abstinence; however, there ways to lessen your chances of being infected. Although condoms are not 100 percent effective, you should use them every time you have sex and for the entire sex act. Unless you are allergic, only latex condoms are suggested. Education is always important, knowing how to use a condom properly will ensure the effectiveness of this preventative technique.

If your sex partner has genital sores, a rash, discharge or other symptoms avoid any sex act until a doctor has been consulted. It is recommended that prior to becoming sexually active, individuals get a hepatitis B vaccine and are tested for HIV. Though HIV is usually considered an STD, there are also non-sexual ways of infection such as illicit drug use. Knowing your status can go a long way in preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Thankfully, there are times when unprotected sex is safe. If both you and your partner only have sex with one another and are negative for any STD then unprotected sex can be appropriate as long as both individuals are honest with one another. It is important to remember, sex without the use of a condom can result in an unwanted pregnancy unless other precautions are taken.

What is the difference between STD screening and testing?

There is a vast difference between screening for and testing for sexually transmitted diseases even though the terms are often used interchangeably. Your STD doctor will conduct testing if you are presenting symptoms of an STD. Screening is when individuals don’t have symptoms, but the physician decides that due to your sexual activity further testing is advised. Visit a licensed STD clinic near me to get help with your disease.

How is testing for STD’s performed?

There are several methods of testing for sexually transmitted disease and infections. The type of testing performed is dependent on the kind of sex you have. If you engage in oral, anal, as well as vaginal intercourse, a full range of testing should be performed. Blood and urine samples are adequate for testing if you only engage in vaginal sex; however, throat and rectal swabs should also be done for oral and anal sex. If there are lesions present, a swab of the wound should be taken as well to ensure that you are STD free. Unfortunately, many patients are hesitant to disclose their specific sexual habits as well as physicians being too embarrassed to ask about oral and anal sex. It’s important that your doctor know all potential sites of exposure to ensure that other types of infection are not missed. Schedule an appointment with a licensed STD Doctor in San Francisco today. Our STD Clinic in San Francisco is open Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 7 pm. 

STD Consultation

To ensure your overall health and to prevent the spread of potentially deadly diseases, it is essential to discuss your sexual habits with your physician. The medical professionals at EZCare Medical Clinic are specially trained to diagnosis all types of STD’s as well as providing safe and effective methods to prevent them or unwanted pregnancies. If you have been diagnosed with an STD, EZCare STD Clinic can also offer additional resources including emotional and psychological support to aid you in your recovery.

 


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