NHS doctor reveals when your sore throat could mean you have chlamydia

SOCIAL media can be full of interesting facts but sometimes experts have to step in to debunk some users' ideas of health advice.

NHS doctor and TikTok star Dr Karan Raj has now cleared up confusion about what strange side effects chlamydia actually causes.


Dr Raj was responding to one TikTok user who told her followers that your sore throat could actually be chlamydia.

As many people are currently battling with the 'worst cold ever', it's no surprise Dr Raj wanted dispel the health advice.

He explained the only time a sore throat could be down to the STI by using a diagram.

"Check it out – causes of sore throat, let's go through the basics: common cold, flu, mononucleosis, mumps, strep throat, allergies, smoke, chemicals or acid reflux.

"Causes of chlamydia – it's obviously getting cheeky with someone who has chlamydia.

"And the only time these two worlds collide is when you nibble on their noodles – oral sex."

Dr Raj said that it's extremely rare to get a sore throat if you have chlamydia.

In the comments section he explained: "It's unlikely to even be in the top 30 causes for sore throat. Just because something can cause something, it isn't always associated with it.

"I'm just stating how – it's just the only way someone can get a sore throat caused by chlamydia."

Doctors previously warned that anyone under the age of 30 who is sexually active should get an STI test.

Medics says gonorrhoea and chlamydia are the most commonly sexually transmitted bacterial infections.

While they can be treated with antibiotics, if left untreated they can lead to other health issues such as pelvic inflammatory disease, pain and possibly infertility.

What is chlamydia

CHLAMYDIA is a sexually transmitted infection that’s possible to cure – but sadly, spotting the symptoms isn’t always easy.

In the majority of cases, people with chlamydia don't notice any symptoms at all.

Worryingly, this can mean they go undiagnosed.

The NHS outlines some warning signs to look out for…

  • pain when urinating
  • unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum
  • in women, pain in the tummy, bleeding during or after sex, and bleeding between periods
  • in men, pain and swelling in the testicles

If untreated, these symptoms may develop into something a lot more serious.

Sufferers can end up with long-term health problems including pelvic inflammatory disease, reactive arthritis and infertility.

Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the experts said that one in 20 sexually active individuals 15-29 years old will get chlamydia.

Dr. Ainsley Moore, a family physician and associate clinical professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University said: "If people are under 30 and sexually active, it's a good idea to get tested.

"Many people are asymptomatic and may not seek treatment so we're recommending opportunistic testing — that is, at any health care visit."

Their plea with people to get tested comes after research suggests that rates of STIs have been climbing since the 2000s and that screening for such infections may reduce pelvic inflammatory disease in females.

The NHS states you should visit a sexual health clinic if you have had unprotected sex with a new partner.

They also suggest you visit a clinic if "you or your sexual partner have had sex with someone else without using a condom."

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