How to Treat Syphilis
Surely anyone would worry about how to treat syphilis, but it is not necessary. Luckily, it is a curable disease that should be treated as soon as possible. Unknown by many, syphilis can lead to blindness, paralysis, bone problems, and heart problems.
To treat syphilis, you will need:
- a doctor
- Visit a healthcare professional. Syphilis is a very serious disease. You should visit your healthcare provider if experiencing any symptoms. Symptoms can include chancres in or around genitalia, rashes throughout the body, and hair loss. After syphilis is in the body for more than two years, symptoms can completely subside. It is important to be tested if you have any suspicions. Your local doctor will test you, and--if you test positive--will more than likely prescribe penicillinto treat syphilis. The doctor may prescribe other medications if you have HIV or are allergic to penicillin.
- Take medications. When you treat syphilis, you should take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. Read the indications and precautions thoroughly. While taking medication you should refrain from all sexual activity. When you treat syphilis, it can take months to clear up. If you have intercourse with an infected partner the medication will not work. Also, you can infect someone if you are not fully cured of the syphilis.
- Follow-up with your doctor. Depending on the stage of the disease, it can take anywhere from months to years to leave your body. Going to every doctor-recommended follow up is of high importance. Follow up tests are usually done at 6, 12, and 24 months after initial treatment. Since syphilis can cause multiple other more serious health problems it is not a good idea to brush off any appointments.
- Reduce the risks of being infected again. After you treat syphilis, you can reduce the chances of catching the disease again. The best way to prevent syphilis infections is by practicing abstinence. Abstinence is not easy for everyone, so latex condoms are a great back up plan.