The Center for Disease Control located in the United States considers syphilis as “the great imitator”. This is because the symptoms of syphilis resemble very much to other less dangerous and harmful diseases. This laboratory has confirmed about 36,000 cases of syphilis diseases in the year 2006. This record showed about 10,000 cases of secondary and primary syphilis.
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This disease mostly occurs in the age of 20-24 in women and 35-39 years in men. This disease can even be contracted by direct contact with any syphilis sore during vaginal, rectal or oral sex. Below discussed are the three stages of syphilis and its symptoms.
The symptoms of syphilis are distinct in all the three stages. There are many people who are not aware of the syphilis symptoms and so ignore them. As a result the disease enters in its third stage and becomes very difficult to treat it.
- First Stage Syphilis
A small or little sore is considered as the initial sign of syphilis. Initially this sore appears as a spot when the disease has just infected the body. This sore grows between 10 and 80 days after its exposure. The symptoms begin to appear after 21 days. People usually do not understand this problem and neglect it as a simple sore.
This sore is generally round, firm, small and painless which disappears by own in 3-6 weeks. If the syphilis is not recognized at this stage and left untreated it would not go away but progress to its next stage which is the second stage.
- Second Stage Syphilis
This second stage also shows some symptoms which are generally confused with the symptoms of other illnesses. The signs include rashes on different body parts and wounds that might be seen in mucus membranes. This rash would be so vague that it won’t be even noticed. Some of the other syphilis symptoms that are seen in the secondary stage include fever, muscle aches, blisters, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, headaches and patchy hair loss.
- Third Stage Syphilis
Again if the second stage syphilis is also ignored it will enter to a latent or third stage that has no overt symptoms. The latent stage lasts for several years. However, this disease can even be treated in the later stages so there is no need to worry. But it is always better to take action in the early stages as the chances of treatment and recovery are very good.
- Later Stage Syphilis
However, if not taken the right treatment and medication the disease might cause damage to many other organs such as blood vessels, brain, bones, eyes, joints, liver, nerves and heart. This stage includes symptoms such as paralysis, numbness, difficulty in muscle movement, confusion, dementia and blindness. In severe cases the disease might cause the death of a person.
Regular and routine STD testing is available today that can detect syphilis in its early stage and prevent damage from the disease.