Rashes are a feedback mechanism the human body relies on to tell that something isn’t wholly right with the system. These feedbacks should be taken seriously because whatever the infection or disease is, finding a solution should not be far-fetched. This is because almost every ailment in the world can be cured one way or another.
These rashes can sometimes be very tiny and insignificant, yet other times the rashes can be big and visible on the skin for several reasons. Body rash can sometimes be caused by sweating when the body is emitting excess internal heat. This is no problem compared to syphilis rash which can be dangerous.
Why is syphilis rash dangerous?
Syphilis rash is such that should ring bells because the effects can be injurious, not just to the person alone, it might also affect the sexual partner(s) if it is left untreated. Having multiple sex partners only increases the number of syphilis carriers who might be ignorant of their syphilis statuses. The rash is just one of the several symptoms of syphilis. This is because a person who has contracted syphilis would have gone through the first stage of the infection before they begin to see the rash.
Syphilis infection has four (4) stages namely the Primary/Early Stage, Secondary Stage, Latent stage and the Tertiary stage. The rash is developed in the secondary stage, which takes between three weeks to six months to manifest fully. Unlike the primary stage where the incubation period after initial contact is about three weeks leaving the carrier with attendant painless sores which clear out with or without treatment, the secondary stage is quite different.
The nonexistence of visible symptoms is not the end of the disease at this stage. It’s just a step in the progression of the disease.
Diagnosing Syphilis Rash
A patient suffering from syphilis rash would need to undergo simple tests. This is to ascertain if it’s truly syphilis or other ailments with similar symptoms resembling syphilis. For the rash to be confirmed that it is the effects of syphilis, the doctor or medical personnel would have to carry out blood tests on the patient. Sometimes a urine sample might also be collected to complete an effective test.
A further test would include a physical examination on the part of the body that have visible sores and are presumed to have been affected by the disease. These sores are the first symptoms experienced by people who have contracted syphilis. At the end of these procedures, it would be confirmed if it’s actually rash as a result of syphilis or something entirely different.
How Syphilis Rash manifests
Syphilis rash is usually first seen on the skin around the back. Even if it starts from one spot of the skin, it can spread to other parts rapidly, especially the palms and soles of the feet, if left untreated. The rash will usually look like other rashes from other ailments – especially heat rash. This is the reason syphilis is nicknamed ‘trickster infection.’ At this point, a person exhibiting this kind of rash needs to see qualified medical personnel because it might have crossed the latent stage which is the third stage (this stage is sometimes skipped in some patients).
If this is the case, it has reached an incurable threshold. It can then only be managed by administering daily medications such as doxycycline and azithromycin.
Avoiding Syphilis Rash
Before syphilis rash can become evident, the patient must have been ignorant of its existence for quite a while. In other words, early detection and penicillin ointment would have provided a quick cure that would have taken care of the rash and halted the progression of the infection from reaching stage two.
Syphilis rash and other symptoms like headaches, swollen glands, fatigue, weight loss, aching joints, etc., would find their way into the body if left untreated. Therefore, it's very important and safer to get and use antibiotics and penicillin which stops them at the first stage. This is one of the reasons home test kits for STDs are crucial to have around.
After Syphilis Rash
Secondary stage symptoms of syphilis are also still in the treatable zone. Penicillin and other antibiotics can get them cured over a period of time. The medication keeps the infection in a zone where the treatment keeps the patient safe. A patient under treatment should stay away from activities that can further make the case deteriorate. It is further advisable to avoid unsafe and unprotected sex as abstinence remains the better option. Syphilis rash is a symptom of the secondary phase of the disease.
However, a patient who has experienced a few painless sores shouldn't wait for it to get to the secondary stage. It is also important to reach out to medical personnel fast and get advice on treatment.