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STD's Specialist

Houston Skin Associates

Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Museum District Houston & Pearland, TX

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common among sexually active adults, but they can cause serious complications when left untreated. At Houston Skin Associates, with locations in Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, the superior medical and cosmetic dermatologists offer STD testing and treatment to reduce symptoms and your risk of spreading STDs. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.

STD's Q & A

What are STDs?

STDs, also called sexually transmitted diseases, spread from person to person through sexual contact. Common STDs include:

  • Genital herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C

Genital herpes is an STD that causes open sores on or near your genital area. Some types of HPV can cause warts in your genital or anal region.

STDs usually develop because of skin-to-skin contact with parasites, bacteria, or viruses. Schedule STD testing and treatment if you're at risk of contracting an STD or you experience new or unusual symptoms.

What are the common symptoms of STDs?

Common symptoms associated with STDs include:

  • Burning or painful urination
  • Sores or bumps on or near your genitals
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Genital warts
  • Unusual vaginal or penis discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Sore or swollen lymph nodes
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rashes
  • Fever

Complications of untreated STDs include cervical cancer, rectal cancer, pregnancy complications, pelvic inflammatory disease in women, and infertility.

What are the risk factors for STDs?

STDs are spread from person to person through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse. Your risk of developing an STD increases if you're sexually active, have sex with multiple partners, or with someone who has been sexually active with numerous partners. Wearing a condom or dental dam during sexual intercourse can reduce your risk of STDs.

How does my doctor diagnose STDs?

To determine if you have an STD, your provider discusses your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms you may have. They evaluate sores or bumps on your genital area and may take a tissue or fluid sample for lab analysis. Blood tests also help your specialist diagnose STDs.

What are standard treatments for STDs?

The standard STD treatments include antibiotics, antiviral medications, and genital wart removal using freezing, excision, or other methods. Some STDs are curable, while others are not; however, you can still manage symptoms by taking prescription medications. Your specialist personalizes STD treatments to align with your needs and lifestyle.

If you're at risk of developing STDs or you experience symptoms of one, call the Houston Skin Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.