Syphilis has different stages, and each stage is made up of different symptoms. The following are the signs and symptoms that manifest during each stage of syphilis.

The primary stage of syphilis

Once the syphilis bacteria gets inside a person's body, he or she will enter the primary stage of syphilis. During this period, the first sign that will appear is a round, hard, painless sore called chancre, which pops up on the area where the syphilis bacteria entered. So, it can either be found inside the vagina, on the penis, or the outer part of the genital region.

A chancre can persist for up to 6 weeks before it disappears even without treatment. In some cases, it can leave a small scar. Even though the chancre is gone, syphilis is still there and moves on to the next stage.

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The secondary stage of syphilis

The first sign of the secondary stage is a rash that appears after about 2 to 8 weeks the chancre appears or heals. Sometimes, a rash will pop up even before the chancre is gone. It can manfiest on the soles of the feet and/or palms of the hands. It usually heals after about two months even without treatment. But still, syphilis is there and moves on to do more damage.

Other symptoms that can occur if treatment is not done right away are:

  • weight loss

  • hair loss

  • sore throat

  • fever

  • swelling of the lymph nodes

  • nervous system complications


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