Syphilis-Symptoms And Treatment.
Syphilis is a common and dangerous disease that spread from person to person through sexual contact or intercourse.
- The first syphilis symptom or sign is usually a sore (syphilis sore) called a chancre (syphilis chancre). It appears 2 to 5 weeks after sexual contact or intercourse with a person who has syphilis. The syphilis chancre may look like a pimple, a blister or an open sore.
It usually appears in the genital (congenital syphilis) area of a man or woman. It commonly appears on the lips, fingers, anus or mouth. This sore (syphilis sore) is full of germs which are easily passed on to another person.
The sore (syphilis sore) is usually painless and if it is inside the vagina, a woman may not know she has it but can easily infect other persons.
- The sore only lasts a few days and then goes away by itself without treatment. But the disease continues spreading through the body.
- Weeks or months later, there may be sore throat, mild fever, mouth sores or swollen joints. Or you can see any of these signs appearing on the skin ; a painful rash or pimples all over the body, ring-shaped welts (like hives), an itchy rash on the hands or feet.
All of these symptoms and signs usually go away by themselves and then the person will start thinking that he or she is alright or well again. But the disease continues. Without adequate treatment (untreated syphilis), syphilis can invade any part of the body which can cause heart disease, paralysis, insanity and many other problems.
CAUTION : If any strange rash or skin condition shows up days or weeks after a pimple or sore appears on the genitals (private parts), it may be syphilis. Get medical help immediately.
SYPHILIS TREATMENT (Complete syphilis cure)
- If signs have been present for less than 1 year, inject 2.4 million units of benzathine penicillin all at once. Put half the dose in each buttocks. Persons allergic to penicillin can take tetracycline, 500 mg, 4 times each day for 15 days.
- If signs have been present for more than 1 year, inject 2.4 million units of benzathine penicillin; half in each buttocks, once a week for 3 weeks, for a total of 7.2 million units. If you are allergic to penicillin, take tetracycline, 500 mg, 4 times each day for 30 days.
- If there is any chance that someone has syphilis, he or she should immediately go and see a health worker. Special blood tests may be needed. If tests cannot be made, the person should be treated for syphilis in any case.
- Everyone who has had sexual contact or intercourse with a person who has syphilis should also be treated.
NOTE : Pregnant or breast feeding women who are allergic to penicillin can take erythromycin in the same dosage as tetracycline.