In order to know how to recognize a syphilis rash we must first know what is syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacterium. Because many of the signs and symptoms of syphilis are indistinguishable from other diseases, Syphilis has been called the imitator. Syphilis is passed from person to person from someone has a sore that is mainly on the genitals, vagina, anus or in the rectum. The sores can also occur on the lips and in the mouth, the organism is transmitted during oral, vaginal and anal sex. Below are signs and symptoms of a syphilis rash. There are several stages of the syphilis disease that will continue to progress if left untreated.
- In the primary stage of the disease the symptom will be a single red round bump, if this is not treated the bump will ulcerate and more than one will appear, this red bump is also know as "Chancre," these bumps reside inside the genitals and usually go unnoticed. The sores can also appear on the lip or mouth, anywhere the bacteria entered the body.
- In the secondary stage which is about three to twelve weeks after the first sore appeared the symptoms are a wide spread rash that is rough and red, or described as reddish brown spots that can be anywhere on the body, often on the bottom of the feet and the palms of the hand. The syphilis rash can also look like grayish white patches that are moist and are located in the groin, inner thigh, under the breast, and the armpit areas. This rash will disappear with or without treatment, but without treatment the syphilis disease will progress to the latent or dormant stage which can last for several years, still left untreated the syphilis will progress to the final stage. In this stage the disease can damage the internal organs, brain, blood vessels, heart , liver and other internal organs and often led to death.
Tips: Syphilis cannot be spread from contact of toilet seats, swimming pools or hot tubs. The treatment for syphilis is easy to cure in its early primary stage. If a woman is pregnant with Syphilis she can pass it on to her baby. Until the Syphilis sores are treated and healed by a physician sexual contact must be stopped. Getting screened for syphilis and other STD's on a continuous basis is very important.