- Painless sore, called a chancre, on the genital area, mouth or lip.
A chancre is small, round sore that forms at the spot where syphilis entered the body. The chancre lasts approximately 4 weeks and heals without treatment. However, if adequate treatment is not administered, the infection progresses to the secondary stage. The primary stage of syphilis poses the lowest risk to your health given the way it manifests, but it is for this reason that you should seek STD testing you believe you have contracted any kind of disease, as all STDs, syphilis included, are best treated in their earliest stages.
- Rash on the hands, feet and other parts of the body
- Fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, headaches and fatigue
The signs and symptoms of secondary stage syphilis will resolve without treatment, but without treatment, syphilis will progress to the latent and late stages of disease. Much like the first stage of syphilis, the second stage seems to pose relatively low risk to your overall health, but this is only because it will seemingly resolve itself regardless of whether you seek treatment or not – do not assume that because any unusual symptoms going away means you “gotten over” an illness, as STDs do not “disappear” with their symptoms.
Late Stage Syphilis
Ignoring the symptoms for syphilis symptoms or any other STD, in women or men, may lead to far worse consequences. It is necessary to be tested at the initial manifestation of symptoms for syphilis so that you can obtain the syphilis cure as soon as possible. The third stage of syphilis poses significant hazards to your health but fortunately takes three to fifteen years to properly set in – this, however, does not give you license to ignore any warning signs of syphilis (or any STD.) Treatment in late stage syphilis (when the damage has already been done to your body) is focused around prevention of further damage, but will not undo the detrimental effects syphilis has already had. Treatment is difficult and lengthy.
Syphilis testing is carried out via a blood test or a microscope test, which consists of examining the infected area for the bacteria that cause syphilis. At Obria, the syphilis blood test is undertaken by health professionals to assure the highest level of accuracy possible.
Pregnant women with long standing syphilis are at a high risk of having a stillborn child (a baby born dead) or of giving birth to a baby who dies shortly after birth. An infected baby may be born without signs or symptoms of syphilis. However, if not treated immediately, the baby may develop serious problems within a few weeks.
The surest way to avoid contracting syphilis is to exercise abstinence or engage in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner that has tested negative for STDs. Syphilis can affect anybody, but fortunately there is a cure for syphilis. If you believe you might have syphilis, please call or schedule an appointment with an Obria Medical Clinic for a low cost syphilis test.
CDC Syphilis Information: http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-Syphilis.htm