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Nursing Diagnosis for Chlamydia

Nursing Care Plan for Chlamydia

Chlamydia is sexually transmitted diseases. Chlamydia is a disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It's most common in women and men under age 25. Chlamydia, if not treated, then it may cause serious problems in men, women, and neonates of infected mothers. The Centers for this disease control and prevention estimates that more than 3 million people each year become infected with chlamydia. It's estimated that 20% to 50% of children born to infected women will be infected.


As many as 1 in 4 men with chlamydia have no symptoms. In men, chlamydia may produce symptoms similar to gonorrhea. Symptoms may include:
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Discharge from the penis or rectum
  • Testicular tenderness or pain
  • Rectal discharge or pain

Only about 30% of women with chlamydia have symptoms. Symptoms that may occur in women include:
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Rectal pain or discharge
  • Symptoms of PID, salpingitis, liver inflammation similar to hepatitis
  • Vaginal discharge

The usual treatment for chlamydia is antibiotics, including tetracyclines, azithromycin, or erythromycin.

You can get chlamydia with gonorrhea or syphilis, so if you have one sexually transmitted disease you must be screened for other sexually transmitted diseases as well. All sexual contacts should be screened for chlamydia.

Sexual partners must be treated to prevent passing the infection back and forth. There is no significant immunity following the infection and a person may become repeatedly infected.

A follow-up evaluation may be done in 4 weeks to determine if the infection has been cured.

Nursing Diagnosis for Chlamydia

1. Acute Pain
related to:
burning, odor or itching caused by the infection.

2. Anxiety
related to: the length of the healing of disease symptoms.

3. Sexual Dysfunction
related to: the limitations allowed by the symptoms (fatigue, decreased libido, depression) sense of rejection by a partner.

4. Low self-esteem
related to:
feelings of shame because of illness, ineffective individual coping.

5. Risk for Infection
exposed to disease transmission.

6. Knowledge Deficit
related to: the disease process.

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