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How to tell the difference between chancroid and syphilis

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. RADHA SYED
51 years experience Gynecology
Genital lesions: Chancroid is a soft friable lesion appearing on mons pubis with surface ulceration.Syphillitic ulcers are more defined, smaller , deeper ulcerated are ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Pick
31 years experience Urology
If : If you think you have a sexually transmitted disease, you need to go to a doctor and get tested and treated as soon as possible. You should also notif ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Selke
15 years experience Infectious Disease
Genital ulcers: Herpes, syphilis, donovanosis and chancroid cause genital ulcers. In the us, genital herpes is the most common. A diagnosis of chancroid is a little ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Syphilis is usually painless ulcers while chancroid can be very painfull. This is not always the case. Sometimes the infections can coexists. For syph ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Rosen
Specializes in Urology
Different symptoms: Gonorrhea usually causes a pure lent urethral discharge.Syphilis usually has a painless sore on the genitals,mouth, or rectum
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Very different: Syphilis occurs in stages, 1st painless sore (chancre) after 1 1/12 - 13 wks on genitals, lasts about 1 month. 2nd stage skin rash 2 - 8 wks later la ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Diagnosis: Folliculitis has characteristic physical exam finding and likely would not be confused for syphillis. However, the rash of syphillis mimics many othe ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Stage of disease: Primary syphilis is characterized by the chancre, a firm based ulcer which is not tender. Neurological involvement occurs after the spirochaete disse ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Stage of disease: A chancre is the initial lesion at the point where the syphilis bacterium first entered the body. Usually it's a painless ulcer that feels hard. Syphi ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Two very different : One is caused by a virus and the other by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete. Both can last a lifetime, but syphilis can be eradicated under mos ... Read More
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