Syphilis is a super-frightening condition, and that makes this alarming news. Syphilis bacterial infection is commonly spread through oral, anal or vaginal sex. It progresses in three different stages. The seemingly more beautiful face of this state is that it can be easily treated with antibiotics in the first two stages. However, if left untreated for 12 months, it becomes latent. This means you have no symptoms, but bacteria can stay in the body for many years.
The Syphilis bacterial can become active again after 10 to 30 years. The third stage is the worst. Syphilis can affect your eyes, nerves, heart and other organs. It can lead to death, permanent blindness and paralysis.
1. Sores in moist areas
On wet surfaces of the skin, including the underside, groin, mouth, anus or vagina, large or white wounds may appear. They can look like genital warts and also are not painful. Shepherd recommends booking an appointment with your ob-gyn if you notice these types of bumps.
2. Hair Loss
You may notice patchy spots (syphilis alopecia) on the skin of the scalp during the secondary stages of syphilis. Shepherd observes that this is not a major symptom of syphilis because hair loss can be caused by changes in hormones, medical conditions and medications. She adds that to suspect syphilis, hair loss should be accompanied by other symptoms such as rash.
3. Swelling of lymph glands and fever
A low grade fever of approximately 100.4 to 100.6 degrees Fahrenheit may occur at any stage. It may take several days or months. Although fever can be triggered by many things, you should contact your doctor if you suspect syphilis.
4, Firm and painless sores
Wounds that are firm, painless and round can be felt during the first stage of syphilis. It can take three to six weeks. Some people can not see these multiple injuries at the point of infection because they are painless. Rolls are slightly larger than a basket and you can find more in one area. Eventually I disappear after a while. Ask your doctor when you notice these injuries because if left untreated, the infection progresses in the second stage.
5. Skin rash
A funky skin rash may occur anywhere during the untreated syphilis secondary phase. This rash occurs in the form of a small red collision, which can disappear unnoticed because it is not itchy. Most syphilis exfoliation occurs on the soles of the feet or the palm, but they are not localized. It is an indication that the bacterium travels through the bloodstream and may begin to affect other areas of the body outside the site of the infection.
6. Clumsiness and sensory deficits
If not treated, syphilis progresses to the tertiary stage that affects the brain. This causes a condition known as neurophysiology. Referring to the CDC, this condition affects approximately 10% of patients who fail to seek treatment for syphilis at an early stage. It can lead to meningitis, brain damage, or spinal cord inflammation.
7. Weight loss
Some women lose a few pounds during the secondary syphilis. Other symptoms that can accompany weight loss include muscle pain, headache, fatigue and sore throat.