After a few days, the bacterial infection causes the mucous membranes to become inflamed. Pus also develops. In men, it forms a milky white, later creamy yellow, discharge from the urethra. Men with gonorrhea in the urethra usually suffer from considerable symptoms after three days. It burns and itches. Women often experience burning when urinating, but it is also possible that the inflammation of the urethra causes no symptoms.
If other mucous membranes are infected, it is easy for gonorrhea to be overlooked. For example, if the illness affects the throat, it can be easily confused with a cold. Gonorrhea in the rectum also usually goes unrecognized.
Important: even after the symptoms have died down, untreated gonorrhea can spread in the body and have serious consequences, including infertility.