What are the signs and symptoms of chancroid?

Updated: Aug 05, 2019
  • Author: Joseph Adrian L Buensalido, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Patients present with extremely painful suppurative ulcers that may be single or multiple. The infection begins as a papule, which quickly progresses to a pustule and subsequent ulcer formation. [39]

An asymptomatic carrier state is common among women. It is more difficult to diagnose chancroid in women than in men. In women with lesions of the vulva, vagina, or cervix, the chief symptom may be dysuria or dyspareunia and might be overlooked as a typical lower urinary tract infection. [40] They may also have a higher incidence of resolution after papule formation without ulcer formation.

Painful inguinal lymphadenopathy with subsequent ulceration, usually unilateral, develops in approximately 50% of patients within 1-2 weeks.

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