Antibiotics are used to treat granuloma inguinale. A complete cure requires fairly long treatment. Most treatment courses run 3 weeks or until the lesions have completely healed.
A follow-up examination is essential because the disease can reappear after an apparently successful cure.
Treating this disease early decreases the chances of tissue destruction or scarring. Untreated disease results in destruction of the genital tissue.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have had sexual contact with a person who is known to have granuloma inguinale, or if you develop symptoms similar to those listed above.
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