Syphilis Rash?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by some bacteria. If you get syphilis will you get a rash? I ask it because my friend has some sort of weird rash on his arm and he doesn't want to go to the doctor. I warned him it could be syphilis. Can syphilis produce rashes?

asked by Olivia in Sexual Health | 4623 views | 08-10-2009 at 01:01 PM

Yes, it could be syphilis.

Syphilis Rash

A syphilis rash is a common symptom of a person infected with syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by a bacterium known as Treponema Pallidum. If left untreated, the disease can eventually lead to cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, blindness, and eventually death.

Syphilis is passed on to healthy individuals when these individuals come in direct contact with syphilis ulcers. Usually this occurs during sexual contact in the genital, anal, lip, or mouth regions. It can also be spread through blood transfusions. The syphilis bacteria cannot be spread by sharing clothing or eating utensils or by coming in contact with doorknobs or toilet seats.

Skin rash and mucous membrane lesions characterize the secondary stage of syphilis. This stage typically starts with the development of a rash on one or more areas of the body. The rash usually does not cause itching. Rashes associated with secondary syphilis can appear as the chancre is healing or several weeks after the chancre has healed. The characteristic rash of secondary syphilis may appear as rough, red, or reddish brown spots both on the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet. However, rashes with a different appearance may occur on other parts of the body, sometimes resembling rashes caused by other diseases. Sometimes rashes associated with secondary syphilis are so faint that they are not noticed. In addition to rashes, symptoms of secondary syphilis may include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue. The signs and symptoms of secondary syphilis will resolve with or without treatment, but without treatment, the infection will progress to the latent and possibly late stages of disease.

Syphilis is a serious sexually transmitted infection (STI) which can potentially enable those affected to go through three painful and often distressing stages, those being the primary, secondary and latent (tertiary) stages.

The condition is often asymptomatic in the early stages but one or more sores may be present. Untreated syphilis usually results in remission of visible symptoms but further severe damage may occur to internal organs and other body tissues which can result in death.

answered by Dobie | 08-10-2009 at 01:05 PM

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