Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted disease caused by the bacteria called spirochaete bacterium. It can affect males and females, young and adults. It is known as a “great imitator” because of its ability to copy the symptoms of other diseases. This is primarily the reason why diagnosing syphilis is quite challenging.
Syphilis can be passed on to another person through sexual activities. Pregnant women who are infected with it may pass it to their unborn. Because syphilis is easily transmitted, it is important that you educate yourselves on how to prevent from contracting it and know its symptoms.
There are many symptoms of syphilis and they are grouped in three distinct stages. They are the following:
During the first stage of syphilis, a person will develop some sores at the infected site. This sore is known as a shanker. It may appear like a lesion and usually grows in the genital areas. However, in some cases, these shankers may develop in other parts of the body. Anybody who gets into contact with these lesions will have a high risk of getting infected as well. These things usually appear after one month of contracting the bacteria and disappear after about a week. Even though the shankers are gone on a person’s body, he or she still has syphilis infection so do not assume that it is already cured.
The second stage of syphilis involves more symptoms including headaches, fever, patchy hair loss, joint fever, swollen lymph nodes, appetite loss, body rash, muscle aches, and flue-like symptoms. These symptoms are very common to other diseases so it is quite hard to determine what type of disease a person really has.
The third stage is also known as the latent stage. It is defined as the phase after the second stage symptoms have vanished. Although a syphilis infected person no longer shows any of the symptoms, he or she can still transmit the bacteria via blood transfusion.
The final stage of syphilis is called the tertiary syphilis phase. When a patient reaches this stage, it means that his or her whole body has been infected with the bacteria. Syphilis has reached his or her eyes, bones, nerves, brain, blood vessels, and other internal organs. People who are in this stage suffer from the following: skin rashes, paralysis, blindness, deafness, numbness, stroke, heart diseases, coordination loss, and dementia.
If you start experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you have to visit a doctor as soon as possible. There is no reason to wait as the infection can spread at lightning speed. You have to get tested immediately so that you can get treated before it is too late.