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Questions on Syphilis Treatment

Syphilis is an extremely contagious infection that is almost always transmitted through sexual activity. While syphilis is not as common in today's society, there is an off chance that a person can still contract the infection. Although the condition can be easily cured, it should be taken care of as soon as the person is diagnosed to avoid further complications. To learn about syphilis and how to avoid this extremely contagious infection, read the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

What causes penile sores with blisters and discoloration but no pain?

Penile sores with blisters and discoloration without pain could be symptoms of syphilis. When a person has symptoms such as this, they must consult with their physician about possible treatments right away. When syphilis first appears it is known as primary syphilis and can manifest anywhere from 10 days to 3 months after the person has been exposed to the disease. Men will usually find a sore on their penis that generally disappears within 3-6 weeks. Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin may also be seen.. Syphilis is usually determined by a blood test and, if tested positive, the person should inform their sexual partner in order for that person to be tested as well. This is a sexually transmitted disease and if not treated, can spread through the blood stream and enter the second stage of the disease which has the potential to create other issues.

In some cases, a person may be unsure of how to tell their sexual partner about being tested positive for syphilis. A doctor can then assist the person with talking to their partner and explaining how syphilis can be treated. Many health departments are also willing to notify sexual partners that have been exposed to syphilis while withholding the other person's name.

Syphilis is usually treated with an antibiotic called penicillin and a person who has had syphilis for less than one year will usually only require one shot. After the shot, the person will need to have several blood tests periodically to ensure that the bacteria has been completely killed.

What is syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is extremely contagious. Once the syphilis bacteria has made contact with skin or mucus tissue, it generally takes two weeks before producing a hard painless bump called a chancre. This bump will heal in a couple of weeks and then a red rash typically appears on the person's body. Once the rash goes away, syphilis slowly moves into the third stage.

A blood test can usually determine if a person has syphilis and, if positive, the person is generally treated immediately with penicillin based on the severity of the infection.

When does the 2nd stages of syphilis occur?

In some cases, stage 2 of syphilis may occur right away. In others, it may take several years or perhaps never appear. Usually a person will be treated with penicillin once syphilis has been confirmed through a test. However, it is possible that a person thinks they have syphilis but actually doesn't since syphilis is rarely seen now days and many doctors themselves have never seen a case of it.

What impact would it have on the baby if a woman were to contract syphilis while pregnant in the United States?

Due to the rare chance of someone contracting syphilis in the United States, it is unlikely a pregnant woman would need to be concerned about this. However, if syphilis is contracted, the woman would merely have to take penicillin which poses a minimal risk of the fetus being affected. However, if the pregnant woman has tertiary syphilis or stage 2 syphilis, this could affect the baby.

Does syphilis cause swelling and burning on one side of the vagina?

Swelling and burning usually doesn't occur with syphilis. However if a person has been exposed to syphilis it is usually a good idea to get themselves tested.. In many cases, swelling and burning is a sign of an infection and can be treated with antibiotics. Warm sitz baths tend to ease the pain and burning as well with this type of infection.

While not as common today, syphilis used to be a very big problem in the United States at one time. There is still a chance that someone could contract syphilis but the person would typically contract it outside the country. Military personnel returning from tours of duty tend to have a higher risk of contracting syphilis than private citizens. If you have any questions concerning syphilis, ask an Expert for medical clarity and information based on the facts of your case.

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