Being infected with a sexually-transmitted disease such as syphilis can be very humiliating. Not only does a person have to face all the ridicule and embarrassment, he or she also has to experience various signs and symptoms caused by this infection.

Once syphilis strikes a person, it will trigger a number of symptoms that appear one after the other. This STD is made up of several stages that feature varying symptoms. Here are what you should expect:

First stage symptoms

In the first stage of syphilis, the first symptom that will appear is a small sore that is round and painless. This sore is known as a chancre which usually appears on that part of the body where the syphilis bacterium entered, such as the penis or vagina. It will be present there for up to a month or so.

Second stage symptoms

The second stage brings in rashes. These rashes can appear on different parts of the body. Aside from them, inflammation of the lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, fatigue, and headaches may also occur.

Latent stage symptoms

The syphilis bacteria will start attacking other body parts such as the joints, bones, brain, heart, and others. It is very important that a person gets tested and treated for syphilis before this stage starts to avoid serious and life-threatening complications. If he or she fails to do so, the risk of paralysis, dementia, and numbness become higher.