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Chancroid Overview

What is chancroid?
A person with chancroid has a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria, Haemophilus ducreyi. Chancroid causes ulcers on the genitals and swollen lymph nodes in the groin. In most cases, symptoms of chancroid begin within 2 weeks after exposure.

What are the symptoms of chancroid?
Symptoms of chancroid include genital sores and lymph gland swelling in the groin that may drain pus.

How does the doctor treat chancroid?
Treatment for chancroid includes antibiotics, warm wet compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Chancroid References
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