Social media can be full of interesting facts but sometimes experts have to step in to debunk some users’ views of health advice.
NHS doctor and TikTok star Dr Karan Raj has now dispelled the confusion about what strange side effects chlamydia actually causes.
Dr Raj was replying to a TikTok user who told his followers that your sore throat could actually be Chlamydia.
With as many people currently battling with the ‘worst cold ever’, it is no surprise that Dr Raj wanted to dispense with the health advice.
He explained using a diagram only when a sore throat could be up to an STI.
“Look at this – sore throat causes, let’s look at the basics: common cold, flu, mononucleosis, mumps, sore throat, allergies, smoke, chemicals or acid reflux.
“Because of chlamydia – it’s obviously being cheeky with someone who has chlamydia.
“And when these two worlds collide, that’s when you nibble on their noodles – oral sex.”
Dr Raj said that it is extremely rare to have a sore throat when you have chlamydia.
In the comments section he explained: “It’s also unlikely to be in the Top 30 Causes of Sore Throat. Just because something can cause something, it’s not always associated with it.
“I’m just explaining how—that’s the only way for someone to get a sore throat because of chlamydia.”
Doctors previously warned that anyone under the age of 30 who is sexually active should get an STI test.
Medics say gonorrhea and chlamydia are the most commonly transmitted bacterial infections.
While they can be treated with antibiotics, if left untreated they can lead to other health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease, pain, and possibly infertility.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that is treatable – but sadly, it is not always easy to recognize the symptoms.
In the vast majority of cases, people with chlamydia do not experience any symptoms at all.
Worryingly, this can mean that they go away without a diagnosis.
NHS Outlining some warning signs to watch out for…
- pain while urinating
- abnormal discharge from the vagina, penis, or rectum
- In women, abdominal pain, bleeding during or after sex, and bleeding between periods
- In men, testicular pain and swelling
If untreated, these symptoms can develop into something more serious.
Sufferers can face long-term health problems including pelvic inflammatory disease, reactive arthritis and infertility.
Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, experts said that one in 20 sexually active individuals ages 15-29 will have chlamydia.
Dr. Ainsley Moore, a family physician and associate clinical professor in McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine, said: “If people are under the age of 30 and sexually active, it’s a good idea to get tested.
“Many people are asymptomatic and cannot seek treatment so we are recommending opportunistic testing – that is, at any health care visit.”
Their rationale for testing with people is that research shows rates of STIs have been rising since the 2000s and that screening for such infections may reduce pelvic inflammatory disease in women.
The NHS states that you should go to a sexual health clinic if you have had unprotected sex with a new partner.
They also suggest that you visit a clinic if you or your sex partner has had sex with someone else without using a condom.
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