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Cervicitis (cont.)

What Is the Treatment for Cervicitis?

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Treatment for cervicitis depends upon the cause.

  • Infectious causes of cervicitis due to gonorrhea and Chlamydia are treated with prescription antibiotics.
  • Genital herpes is generally treated with oral or topical anti-viral agents, for, example, acyclovir (Zovirax).
  • If bacterial or viral cervicitis causes severe signs and symptoms, admission to a hospital may be necessary for intravenous anti-microbial agents and supportive care.

How Long Does it Take to Cure Cervicitis?

Patients are advised to not have sexual intercourse until treatment is completed and all symptoms have resolved for at least 7 days.

  • In some people, a single dosage of medication, which may include an injection, has been shown to eradicate the disease. In other individuals, the health-care professional may prescribe a longer course of medication that may be necessary for cure.
  • If the infection stems from an STD, the partner should also be treated.
  • Intercourse should not be resumed until after both partners have been treated, and follow-up testing on both is negative.

Cervicitis, if found in a young person or a child, frequently indicates sexual molestation.

When to Seek Medical Care for Chronic Cervicitis

If any of these symptoms develop, a health-care professional should be consulted.

  • A purulent or abnormal vaginal discharge associated with pain or itching.
  • Difficult or painful urination.
  • Increased urinary frequency.
  • Pelvic pain
  • Bleeding or spotting after sexual intercourse or between periods.
  • Lower abdominal pain, sometimes noted only during or following sexual intercourse.
  • Signs of a potential pelvic emergency include copious vaginal discharge, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and dizziness. These require urgent evaluation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/28/2016

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