These syphilis symptoms are those telltale symptoms that will help you in determining whether you have that dreaded disease of too many indiscreet, sexual encounters. Syphilis, also called the great imitator for its wily ability to imitate the symptoms of other diseases, is an illness created by the bacteria by the name of Treponema pallidum. If you are anxious about being exposed to syphilis, then simply limit your sexual activity, practice abstinence, or just stick with one, non-infected partner in a committed relationship.
- Primary Stage Symptom. The best symptom of syphilis in the primary stage of the disease is the appearance of either a single or multiple sores that are called chancres. These sores, or chancres, appear an average of 21 days after you have unwisely had a sexual encounter with someone who has been infected with syphilis. Now, while this sore, or chancre, does disappear within a few weeks of appearing, if you don't get your syphilis treated at this stage, it will progress to the next stage.
- Secondary Stage Symptom. Left untreated, the syphilis that was first apparent in the sores, or chancres, will progress toxically to the next stage, which is characterized predominantly by the ugly presence of rashes that are non-itchy, though. You will notice these rashes by their reddish-brown and rough properties and also their presence on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. In addition, other symptoms at this stage of syphilis may manifest as a sore throat, fever or even swollen lymph glands.
- Third Stage Symptom. The third and final or late stage of syphilis is the most insidious as it can lay dormant inside your body for years or even decades after you first get the primary stage symptom. By the time you get the symptoms of this third stage of syphilis, you are usually in such a bad shape that you may die. Symptoms of syphilis include the impairment of your muscle movements, dementia, blindness, numbness and paralysis.