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The symptoms of syphilis aren't always obvious and may eventually disappear, but you'll usually remain infected unless you get treated and can lead to serious health problems in the future.

The most common symptoms

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  • Ulcers around the private parts, back anus or in the mouth if you had oral sex
    Ulcers around the private parts, back anus or in the mouth if you had oral sex

    Ulcers around the private parts, back anus or in the mouth if you had oral sex

  • Red, blotchy skin rash, often found on the hands or bottom of the feet
    Red, blotchy skin rash, often found on the hands or bottom of the feet

    Red, blotchy skin rash, often found on the hands or bottom of the feet

  • Small skin growths that can be mistaken or genital warts
    Small skin growths that can be mistaken or genital warts

    Small skin growths that can be mistaken or genital warts

Symptoms

Symptoms may occur as early as a week after infection, but sometimes it can take many months before the you can notice a problem. Some people do not notice anything wrong until infection is discovered when they have a blood test or, you can develop one or more of the following;

  • Ulcers around the private parts, back anus or in the mouth if you had oral sex,
  • Red, blotchy skin rash, often found on the hands or bottom of the feet, 
  • Swollen lymph glands,
  • Small skin growths that can be mistaken or genital warts.

The sores are often painless but very infectious and may take two to six weeks to heal Syphilis.

What does a check-up/test involve?

If you have sores or an ulcer a swab test can be applied, if not a blood test will be taken with the results are available within a ver nervous 2 weeks.

Treatment

Syphilis can be cured by a course of penicillin injections over a period of a week straight into the buttocks,

Or,

If you can't have an injection, a course of antibiotic tablets or capsules over of period of 2-4 weeks.

If left untreated?

If left untreated the symptoms will not go away,

  • A painless rash that is not normally itchy can spread all over the body and is often seen on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet,
  • Small skin growths that can be mistaken or genital warts,
  • Ulcers around the private parts, back anus or in the mouth if you had oral sex

Also a flu-like illness such as tiredness and loss of appetite, with swollen glands could occur for weeks sometimes months, along with white patches on the tongue or roof of the mouth and patchy hair loss

When syphilis remains untreated it sometimes goes into another phase known as tertiary syphilis after many years. This is when the syphilis starts to cause very serious damage to the heart, brain, eyes and nervous system. At this stage syphilis can be life-threatening.