Chlamydia Throat Symptoms

As most people know, chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. However, it is most often diagnosed on the genitals during a routine check-up or pap smear. It is rare that this infection is contracted anywhere else on the body but it is most definitely possible. In fact, in rare cases, people have been known to develop chlamydia of the throat, which can prove to be quite a nuisance and health concern if left untreated. Luckily, the disease is easy to treat after detection.

Chlamydia of the Throat is Rare

Contracting this infection in your throat is extremely rare. In fact, it's so rare that clinics don't even have a standard procedure to screen for it. The fact of the matter is people are much more likely to contract gonorrhoea or other STDs in the throat from oral sex than chlamydia.

Chlamydia of the Throat is Often Asymptomatic

Besides being very rare, chlamydia of the throat also very rarely presents any symptoms. So, you could be infected and have no idea. The slightly good news here is that it is also rare (though less so than contracting the disease in your throat) to transmit chlamydia of the throat to the genitals or anus through oral sex. Even so, it is still important to get tested if you suspect you've been in contact with chlamydia or any other STD. For instance, if you recently came into contact with someone who's been diagnosed with chlamydia and you performed oral sex on them, you might wish to mention this to your doctor so they can screen you just to be on the safe side.

Sore Throat

One symptom that chlamydia of the throat can produce is a sore throat. However, it's unlikely that you'd have any discomfort or symptoms at all. That being said, if you've come into contact with someone sexually recently and you've developed a sore throat, it might be a good idea to see your doctor. Though it's rare you'll have chlamydia in your throat, it is possible you could have some other infection like gonorrhoea or candida.


Along with a sore throat, you might notice redness at the back of your throat when you look in the mirror with your mouth open wide. Redness is a sign of irritation, and if you suspect exposure to chlamydia, seek medical advice immediately.

Throat Infection

You might also develop the symptoms of a throat infection should you find yourself with chlamydia of the throat. These sorts of symptoms can include loss of voice and in severe cases, pus in the throat, along with the sore throat and redness mentioned above.

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Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.