Syphilis is an STD that is notorious in many ways. It is caused by the bacteria called the spirochaete bacterium, Treponema pallidum. It can easily be transmitted to another person through sexual contact or direct contact with an infected person’s syphilis sore. These sores show up in various parts of the body but usually on the rectum, anus, and the male and female genitals.
Over the years, more and more people have been infected with syphilis mainly because the disease is difficult to diagnose. Its symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other diseases, and oftentimes, doctors mistake it to be something else and fail to administer the right treatment.
How Is Syphilis Transmitted
There are several ways of transmitting the bacteria of syphilis. It can be passed on from one person to another through blood transfusion if one of the blood donors has syphilis. A pregnant woman can pass the infection to her unborn child. Having sex with multiple partners also provides a big risk of acquiring the disease. And, of course, having sex with an infected person is a sure way of also being infected with syphilis.
The Symptoms of Syphilis
Like what was mentioned earlier, syphilis creates symptoms that are very common to other diseases, making it difficult to diagnose. The first symptom of syphilis is a small, round sore at the area where the bacterium has entered the body. After some time, this sore or these sores will disappear and be replaced with a number of other symptoms. People infected with syphilis will experience fever, rashes, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and general soreness.
If left undiagnosed and untreated, these symptoms will progress to more serious conditions. So make sure that once you notice any of these symptoms show, you go and consult a doctor as soon as possible.
How To Treat Syphilis
There are many ways to treat syphilis. Once diagnosed with the infection, the patient is prescribed with an antibiotic known as penicillin. It will be injected to generate the best results. For people who are allergic to this medication, there are other antibiotics that may work for them or other treatment such as desensitization and skin testing.
Doctors also recommend pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen for the pain and discomfort. Drinking enough water and having sufficient rest are also advised. The use of alternative methods of treatment such as herbs and the likes are also usually observed but you have to check with your doctor first before getting into any of those.
Syphilis is a serious disease that needs everybody’s attention. We should spread awareness and inform people on how to prevent from getting it and how to treat it.