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Stages of Syphilis - What are the Symptoms of Syphilis?

Syphilis has been around in history from 1494 when they were unsure of just what the disease was and how it could affect the individuals.  Now we know quite a bit about Syphilis and where it originates.  Most cases of Syphilis are brought on with sexual activity with someone who has the disease.  There are cases that can crop up when a person has an open wound near an infected person, though these cases are more rare.

Syphilis is caused by spiral shaped bacteria known as Treponema pallidum.  Most individuals who have Syphilis contracted the disease by coming in to contact with an infected person.  Occasionally in utero cases of Syphilis have existed where the mother passes on the bacteria congenitally.  Most patients that suffer from Syphilis experience a lesion on their genitals.  This disease must be treated as soon as you believe you may have come into contact with the bacteria.  If left untreated Syphilis has been known to cause other problems such as damage to the heart, aorta, brain, eyes, and the bones of the patient.  

There are certain stages to the disease.  The primary stage usually occurs ten to ninety days after exposure, usually only one lesion will form and it can last up to six weeks.  The secondary stage of Syphilis occurs one month to six months after exposure.  Most often a rash is seen on the extremities, even on the hands and feet.  Other moist areas of the body may be affected as well.  Latent Syphilis is the third stage where early latent Syphilis occurs for two years or less without signs of the disease.  Late latent Syphilis can occur later on though it is not as contagious as other forms.  Tertiary Syphilis is the last stage of the disease that can occur up to fifty years after first infection.  Tumors will actually form as a result of the exposure and can reduce the function of the immune system.

Syphilis Skin Problem - Treatment for Syphilis

Treatment of Syphilis is done by injections of penicillin.  Penicillin is the best known drug to keep the disease under control and can if caught only require one treatment.  If you are allergic to penicillin oral tetracycline or doxycycline are other drugs that have been known to control the disease.  If you have any more questions about Syphilis you can visit any doctor to understand how you may prevent the disease as well as courses of treatment they may be available.  The best way to control Syphilis is to go immediately to a physician if you are aware of coming into contact with the disease or suspect you have.