Syphilis is a disease that belongs to the STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) group. It occurs when the bacterium called Treponema pallidum enters the body through mucous membranes. Located at openings in the body, mucous membranes are also found on the genitals, which is typically where a disease of this type is contracted. Damaged skin (e.g. cuts, burns, open sores, etc.) is also susceptible to letting the bacterium through. Although syphilis resembles AIDS by various characteristics, it is relatively treatable.
There are three stages of development when it comes to syphilis. Stage one (primary syphilis) and stage two (secondary syphilis) aren’t lethal nor do they present with particularly dangerous symptoms; however, stage three (tertiary syphilis) can potentially have devastating effects on the individual. Because of its widespread prevalence, syphilis is considered one of the most common (and most dangerous) STDs today. Treating syphilis is typically done with penicillin, and there’s a favorable success rate that follows it. However, due to the variety of symptoms and the fact that syphilis can lay dormant for extended periods, it is often hard to detect. By paying attention to the following ten symptoms, it will be easy to conclude whether this specific disease is present.
1. Painless sores and ulcers
During primary syphilis, small and painless sores or ulcers are extremely likely to develop on the body. This mostly occurs in the genital, rectal and oral areas, although other body parts are not excluded. If the potential sufferer gets an accurate visual description of what this symptom looks like, it will be easier to determine whether syphilis causes it.
These sores and ulcers will disappear without treatment after approximately six weeks or whenever syphilis is eradicated with medication. On rare occasions, the number of sores and ulcers can be extremely small (1-5), and the sufferer can confuse them for something entirely different.