Syphilis is a much talked about STD in the world today considering its many peculiar effects on the person it is infected with. Syphilis basically progresses like many other types of STDs with different kinds of signs at multiple stages (although some particular symptoms may appear in two or more stages).
It is important to also note that a person may even be infected with Syphilis and not experience any symptom which all boils down to the difference in body metabolism and how differently humans can react to medical conditions.
The effects of Syphilis on babies
Babies are not exempted from the effects of syphilis since the means of contraction is not only through sexual intercourse prone to adults. An unborn child may be infected with Syphilis during childbirth if the mother was infected during pregnancy. It is often called congenital Syphilis.
When this is untreated in women, it may occasion stillbirth and death of the child after birth. A baby who is born with syphilis often show no noticeable symptom but in some cases, rashes may be seen on their palms with complications in parts of the body like the swollen glands, jaundice, liver, nostril, bone and even the brain.
When one recently has a child that exhibits any of these symptoms above, it is advisable to quickly see a pediatrician so as to prevent the severe effects that could subsequently be occasioned.
The effects of Syphilis in different stages
The experience for many in most cases can go a long way in describing the stage of syphilis which a person finds him or herself. There are basically four stages with different effects on the patient which would be discussed below.
The primary stage of Syphilis
This is regarded as the early or first stage of the disease which would manifest within the space of 10 days to 3 months after one has been put at the risk of being infected.
During this period, certain changes in the body may be noticed which includes the lymph nodes close to the groin being enlarged, among other changes. Basically, the first change noticed by many at this stage is the discovery of a small and painless sore which is referred to by doctors as ‘chancre’ on the skin.
This sore can be found at the location through which the bacteria entered the body which is often the genitals or mouth and anus for those who engage in vaginal, oral, and anal sex, respectively.
As opposed to the opinion by some on the sores, it does not hurt and might not even be noticeable which has made many people go about their daily lives with the infection ravaging and them, not a single clue as to its existence on the body.
The secondary stage of Syphilis
Most of the effects of this stage are quite different from that of the primary stage. This is because the infection has progressed from an introductory stage to a much acute type.
This consequently results in symptoms like fever, loss of weight, loss of hair, skin rash, a headache, consistent tiredness or fatigue, and muscle aches. among other similar effects. The condition continues to develop at this stage and when one neglects treatment, the conditions may go away only to come back within a few months since the bacterium still lives in the body.
One’s sexual partner is, therefore, put at risk during the secondary stage and even when the symptoms are no longer noticed, an uninfected person could still be infected.
The latent stage of Syphilis
The existence of Syphilis in the body continues to develop, churning out confusing or zero symptoms that mostly mislead the patient. This explains why it progresses to the final stage when they are infected with Syphilis.
The effects at this stage could be hidden as most people in this stage feel no symptoms and suddenly believe that the disease is gone. Surprisingly, it remains in the body and continues to grow until it gets to a tertiary stage which is more severe than the initial stages.
The tertiary stage of Syphilis
This is the last stage of the infection which could appear even 10 to 30 years from the period of initial infection. At the stage, certain organs of the body become affected which could lead to damage – and death in some cases.
Some of the complications it could consequently occasion include stroke, neurological issues, deafness, dementia, numbness, changes in personality, blindness, aneurysm, blood vessel inflammation, and many others.
The condition of the patient becomes critical at this stage which is why it is advised to quickly manage it at its early stage in order to avoid such subsequent and grievous complications.
Syphilis can be totally prevented with various health precautions like having protected sexual intercourse and carrying out regular tests which are far easier and better than suffering from the severe effects in future. Get a Syphilis test done today and save yourself and unborn child the stress of treatment in future.