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Early Symptoms and Treatments of Syphilis

Monday, 28 April 2014 11:29 PM

Anyone who is sexually active is prone to encountering sexually transmitted diseases. STDs are also called sexually transmitted infections. Syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, and HIV all are STDs. No matter how many precautions one takes to avoid STDs, they still occur, as no preventive method is 100 percent safe. Often, STDs do not present any symptoms, or they have very trivial symptoms, causing people to take symptoms of STD very lightly. STDs can be caused due to bacteria, virus, or parasites.
This particular STD is caused by a bacteria Treponema pallidum. It is a serious STD, causing many symptoms over time. Often, people infected with syphilis do not exhibit immediate symptoms. This infection is transmitted to other persons through intercourse, contact with the syphilis rash, and from a pregnant women to her baby. Symptoms of syphilis appear in four stages.

Stage 1 or primary stage: In this stage, syphilis is characterized by symptoms such as a painless sore in the genital area. As these sores are painless, people avoid consulting doctor for some time. Swollen lymph glands are other common symptoms of this stage.
Stage 2 or secondary stage: This stage follows half a month to two months after the first stage and is characterized by skin rash. This rash is generally not itchy. The rash may appear anywhere on the body, with the most common sites being the anus, soles of feet, and palms of the hand. The rash is reddish brown in color. Sometimes, a reddish rash is also observed. This rash is highly infectious. Anybody exposed to this rash can be infected with syphilis. Genital warts are also annoying symptoms that appear in this stage. Usually, the rash is what draws the attention of a sufferer, who may now consult a doctor.

Stage 3 or latent stage: In this period, the symptoms subside and the person is free from annoying rash and other symptoms for many years. However, the syphilis bacteria remain in the body and damage the internal organs.

Stage 4 or tertiary stage: This stage is the last one when the damage to vital organs becomes visible. The brain, heart, and eyes may be affected and death due to syphilis can occur in this stage in the absence of proper treatments.
Many screening tests are conducted to confirm the diagnosis of syphilis before staring treatments for the STD. Early treatments can prevent damage to vital organs. The treatments mainly involve using penicillin. Treatments with penicillin are required in low dosages and for a short duration in early stages while in later stages, the treatments may need to be continued for longer and in higher dosages. Treatments with other antibiotics are also possible for persons allergic to penicillin. Treatments do not ensure that a patient may become free of the disease, so some precautions are taken even after therapy. Special care is required in treatments while treating syphilis during pregnancy. After getting treatments, some adverse reactions in the body may also be noticed due to immune reactions.

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as syphilis are dangerous for many internal organs. Often, as no symptoms are noticed, patients usually delay treatments. Rash and genital warts should attract attention.
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