Syphilis is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease. There are several ways this disease can be transmitted from person-to-person. This disease can be spread through bodily fluids, kissing, close contact, sores and from pregnant women to their babies. Though some individuals are aware that they have syphilis, a high number of individuals who have contracted syphilis may not know that they have its and may pass it to many others before they are aware of the contracted illness. The following are causes of syphilis, treatments for syphilis and other information related to syphilis that individuals should be aware of.
Symptoms and Causes of Syphilis
There is only one main cause of syphilis. Syphilis is caused by a bacteria known as Treponema Pallidum. This was once a public threat to the health care system and resulted in several long-term health problems which included blindness, brain damage and various forms of arthritis. It wasn't until the 1940s that syphilis could be treated with the use of penicillin.
There are several symptoms of syphilis that patients should be aware of if they believe they have been exposed to sexually transmitted diseases or to syphilis in particular. One of the earlier or primary stages of syphilis is the onset of source. The source may first appear to be bug bites or what may be perceived as spider bites. These bites or bite like marks differ from regular insect bites due to the fact they are hard, do not itch and they are virtually painless. They also will occur in areas that are not normally exposed to insects including the genital area and mouth area. These bumps or insect like bites will begin to make appearance in the areas of the genitals or the mouth on or around three weeks after primary exposure to syphilis. The main reason that these are overlooked is because they do appear to be like insect bites or hardened temples and they heal with in a matter of weeks.
If you have contracted syphilis and have missed the early or primary timeframe symptoms of syphilis there is a secondary stage of the syphilis illness. This stage can last anywhere from four weeks to six months. It may also occur between one week and up to six months after the individual has been exposed to the syphilis virus. A rash will appear during the secondary stage and will show up on the hands of the patient or on the souls of the patient's feet. There is no set way these rashes appear or look. They will just appear on the hands or feet. Warts in the groin area, white areas around the inside of the patient's mouth, swollen glands, extreme weight loss and fever may also be characteristic of the secondary stage.
If you have reached the latter stages of syphilis before you are aware that you have contracted this STD it is possibly due to the syphilis virus being in your system but lying dormant without causing any symptoms during the first six months to a year that you have contracted the virus. At this point, if the syphilis virus is not treated by a medical professional it may progress to a stage that affects the brain, nervous system and heart. Deafness, dementia, impotence, blindness and even death result in lack of treatment. Treatment can be obtained for medical professional with the use of certain medicines including penicillin.