The syphilis infection is made up of four stages. While many syphilis patients do not manifest noticeable symptoms right away, there are others that go through the stages and experience different sets of symptoms.
The first stage of syphilis happens as soon as an individual contracts the infection. It may last for as long as three months. A patient will grow a skin sores called chancre, which can appear on any part of the body, such as scrotum, anus, penis, vagina, and even the mouth. A chancre is not painful and will disappear in a few weeks. But, its disappearance does not mean that you are cured from syphilis. A patient still has to get treated, or else, he or she will move on to the next stage and suffer from more symptoms.
The second stage the time when the syphilis infection is the most contagious. The symptoms that may appear include fever, skin rashes, hair loss, weight loss, swelling of the lymph nodes, headaches, appetite loss, and muscle and joint pains. If a patient still does not get treatment, the infection will progress to the latent stage.
The latent stage does not trigger noticeable or visible symptoms. It is recommended that a patient undergo a blood test to accurately diagnose the disease and get the proper treament.
The tertiary stage of syphilis is the last and worst stage of syphilis. A patient who is at this stage is destined to have the infection for the next several years. The bacteria has become difficult to ward off and it will damage more bodily organs and systems. It will strike the nervous tissues, heart, skin, arteries, liver, and bones. If you are in this stage of syphilis, you are at risk of suffering from paralysis, mental problems, blindness, heart failure, deafness, and even death.