Symptoms of Syphilis
• Primary Syphilis - a painless sore appears at the site of infection, on or near the genital area or mouth, between 10 to 90 days after contact. The sore often goes unnoticed and heals spontaneously within 2-6 weeks, but the syphilis bacteria remains in the body. If person is left untreated they will go on to develop the second stage of the disease.
• Secondary Syphilis - develops about 2-6 months after the initial infection. Symptoms are usually mild and may include; flu-like symptoms, a rash on palms of the hands or soles of the feet, lumps on the genitals, swollen glands and hair loss. These can go away again and may go unnoticed, but can last up to two years. If left untreated, a person may develop the third stage of the infection.
• Latent Syphilis - there are no symptoms and the infection can remain in this stage for years. Between 3-35 years later, tertiary syphilis may develop.
• Tertiary Syphilis - can affect various organs, especially the brain and the heart. This stage occurs in about one-third of untreated people. Severe heart or brain complications may occur during this stage.
Complications/Consequences of Syphilis
If left untreated, secondary syphilis may develop into tertiary syphilis, which an affect various organs, especially the brain and the heart and severe complications can occur during this stage. Additionally, untreated syphilis can also be a cause of repeated miscarriages and death of newborn babies.
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