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Chancroid is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the short gram negative bacillus Haemophilus ducreyi. The incubation period ranges from three to five days. At the location of inoculation, a vesicopustule develops that breaks down to form a painful, soft ulcer with a necrotic base, surrounding erythema, and undermined edges. There may be multiple lesions due to autoinoculation. The adenitis is usually unilateral and is composed of tender, matted nodules of moderate size with overlying erythema. The patient may also present with lymph node involvement, chills, malaise, and fever. While women typically have no external signs of infection, balanitis and phimosis are frequent complications in men. The diagnosis is established by culturing a swab of the lesion onto a special medium. To treat the disease, a single dose of azithromycin (1g orally) or ceftriaxone (250 mg intramuscularly) is effective as is erythromycin (500 mg orally four times a day for seven days) or ciprofloxacin (500 mg orally twice a day for three days). --- This episode is sponsored by ยท Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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