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Syphilis - Facts You Must Know

Apr 6, 2008
Everybody could be exposed to this infection every single hour. Regardless of what work we do, we can catch this disease from all sources you can imagine. This is a very communicable disease caused by a bacterium known as Treponema Palladium.

Syphilis is commonly transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. Still, one can get it from other means such as kissing or biting or by being in contact with objects or items that have been contaminated.

Direct contact with body fluids from an infected individual puts the healthy person at high risk of being infected. Anybody who comes in direct contact with any body fluids secreted by an infected person, such as the saliva, blood, vaginal and seminal discharges are likely to contract the disease. Pregnant women can also infect their newborn baby.

Right after exposure to the bacteria, there is nothing going on. The start of the evolution of these nasty bacteria can be discreet and the symptoms could be missing. If it is left untreated, it has a slow and painful evolution and the ending of it is ugly and dramatic.

The first indication of syphilis infection is the appearance of one skin lesion. It could be round or oblong in shape, firm and painless. Swelling of the lymph glands could also be a sign of infection. Additionally, here will be swelling in the penis, vulva, and anal area.

When the infection progresses to the secondary phase, indications of the primary stage will disappear. Skin rashes and lesions on the mucous membrane will develop over a large area of the skin. Rough red spots may develop in the palm of the hands and bottom of the feet. All the symptoms and indications of the secondary syphilis could get healed without treatment but the infection stays in the body. If this goes untreated, the infection will slowly but surely advance to the latent stage of syphilis.

In syphilis infection even when the indications for primary and secondary infection disappear even without undergoing treatment, it does not mean that the disease has been cured. The bacteria are inside the body and continuously evolving towards the next phase. The growth period can last up to 90 days and all this time there could be no noticeable symptoms. The primary and secondary phase of syphilis could be considered the "easy" stages compared to what the patient will go through as the infection enters the latent stage.

The latency state can take several years and the symptoms are not present in any way. Depending on the individual, the "late syphilis period" starts after five to twenty years from the contaminating contact, weather it was of sexual nature or not. The pathogen agent invades the organism, and the destructions will be visible at all the levels of the organism. The heart, the bones, internal organs, nervous system, they will all be affected by the bacteria.
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