Symptoms Of Syphilis
The top symptoms of syphilis are the telltale warning signs that will alert you as to whether you should start worrying about your own mortality or not. While you can treat syphilis today with something as simple as antibiotics, contracting syphilis should still serve as a lesson to you that you were not abstaining enough or practicing safe sex well enough.
- Primary State. Syphilis is divided into four stages, and the primary stage is characterized by the onset of something nasty-yet-painless called a chancre. A chancre is nothing more than a sore that grows at the part of your body where the syphilis bacteria got inside of your body. Unless you are a space alien or something, that would be your penis, big boy. You also should know that in this primary stage, you are very contagious.
- Secondary Stage. The secondary stage of syphilis is typified by a rash, one of the more obvious symptoms of syphilis. This rash usually starts about four or even ten weeks after the chancre developed, and sometimes, it can also start even before the chance has completely healed. You are still quite contagious at this stage, and you will exhibit other symptoms besides the rash. These include a moderate fever, some weight loss, a sore throat, a non-specific sense of either discomfort or weakness, patchy hair loss, damage to your nervous system, and also swollen lymph nodes.
- Third (Latent or Hidden) Stage. Symptoms of syphilis that occur in the third stage--you only get to the third stage if, for some weird reason, you fail or refuse treatment earlier--are very unnoticeable, hence the name "latent stage." During this stage, which may even last anywhere from five to twenty years, you may relapse, meaning that after a time of showing no symptoms, you backslide into showing some symptoms once more. Diagnosis is also made more difficult at this hidden stage, usually happening only by way of blood testing.
- Late (Tertiary) Stage. The symptoms during this final stage of syphilis aren't so much what you have to worry about as much as the impending death and destruction that you are surely facing by this time. If you have been lucky or random enough to escape the real ravages of syphilis up to this point, you will feel the disease's full wrath at this stage. Late stage syphilis offers you heart problems, mental issues, more nervous system predicaments, and blindness, which all culminate in potential death.