Primary Stage Syphilis, the earliest stage, is commonly marked by the arrival of an inexplicable small, round ulcer, known as a chancre sore. The location of this sore is where the syphilis bacteria entered your body, typically in sexually active areas like:
It is not uncommon to also experience swollen lymph nodes that are located near your chancre.
Once infected with syphilis, it may take anywhere from a week to 3 months for this chancre to appear. This ulcer will disappear on its own, without treatment. However, if you don’t receive treatment, your infection moves on to the secondary stage.
Secondary Stage Syphilis presents itself through a skin rash, that doesn’t itch. This rash is most often seen in the palms and soles of feet. However, it has the potential to break out anywhere, and even body wide.
Some other symptoms you may experience during syphilis’ secondary stage include:
- sore throat
- weight loss
- aching joints
- lymph node swelling
- mouth or genital lesions
Your symptoms during this phase of syphilis can come and go. And your syphilis can be spread via contact with this secondary stage rash. Absent treatment at this stage, your infection moves on to the latent syphilis stage.
Latent Syphilis Stage is what its title implies, a hidden stage. You may not have signs nor symptoms, but the infection is still there. During this stage you have a lowered risk of spreading syphilis, but you remain infectious.
From this point your syphilis will progress to the tertiary phase, the most serious health consequence stage of the disease.
Tertiary (Late) Syphilis Stage only causes its worst health complication to a small number of those with a long term untreated syphilis infection. Syphilis bacteria has the potential to damage just about any part of your body, but especially vulnerable are your:
- nervous system
Sadly, syphilis causing organ damage is irreversible, and you may not know it until many years after the primary stage chancre sore sign. Examples of permanent damage that may result are:
Brain or spinal cord neurological damage (neurosyphilis) may require daily doses of penicillin and hospitalization.
Syphilis is easy to cure when treated during its earliest stages. Treatment is a single injection of the penicillin antibiotic. Or other oral antibiotics, for those with an allergy.
The 2 key prevention measures for avoiding the consequences of any STD are abstaining from sexual activity or only be sexually active with a long term monogamous partner.
If you don’t trust them, thrust them aside for you another. Your health really can’t afford to take this type of risk.