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Could you please describe the stages of the disease syphilis?

Could you please describe the stages of the disease syphilis?

4 stages: Primary: 1 chancre/sore or more painless sores at site of entry of syphilis bacterium. Lasts 3 - 6 weeks. If untreated progresses to Secondary stage: Skin rashes & sores in mouth, vagina or anus. Onset when 1ary healed or few weeks later. May have fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat. Untreated progresses to latent & Tertiary stage. 1-many years late & damage brain, joints etc. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis (Definition)

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Does syphilis always look like a bump, or can it cause different diseases?

Does syphilis always look like a bump, or can it cause different diseases?

Many symptoms: You get syphilis through unsafe sex. It can cause a painless ulcer on your genitals. But it can also cause a rash, fever, large lymph nodes, many other symptoms. It can also lead to other more serious complications. If you think you may have a sti, get tested! ...Read more

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I am 25 years of age. i am infected with latent syphilis. . please help me. the cause of this disease is excessive masturbation.

I am 25 years of age. i am infected with latent syphilis. . please help me. the cause of this disease is excessive masturbation.

Unusual statement: You don't get syphilis by masturbating.You get it from an infected person having some form of sexual contact or you are born with it passed down by your mother.Latent syphillis is curable with antibiotic treatment although some of the damaage done by the germs may not return to normal. ...Read more

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Can psoriasis cause biological false positive syphilis (RPR)? can I have BFP syphilis and have nothing wrong with me and never get autoimmune disease?

Can psoriasis cause biological false positive syphilis (RPR)? can I have BFP syphilis and have nothing wrong with me and never get autoimmune disease?

Yes: Autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis can cause false positive tests for syphilis but is is more common in patients with lupus than psoriasis. As there are other possible causes for a false positive test, I would not assume that it is the psoriasis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about HIV or syphilis or any other infection disease can cause pain in testis?

Can you tell me about HIV or syphilis or any other infection disease can cause pain in testis?

Mumps: HIV and syphilis are not likely to cause pain in testes. Bacterial infection of the testes and epididymus can cause testicular pain. Passing crystals and stones in urine can cause referred pain in testes. Infection with mumps virus can cause inflammation and pain in testes in addition to salivary gland and pancreas. ...Read more

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If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Yes: Both syphilis and lyme disease are treatable and curable with antibiotics. In the case of syphilis, intravenous or intramuscular penicillin is used. For lyme disease, oral Doxycycline or intravenous Ceftriaxone are used. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Maybe: It's not cleare what "regular antibiotic treatment" means. Both diseases are infectious in nature and will each respond to antibiuotic therapy. The medicvations used are commonplace antibiotics but the proper ones need to be selected based on the disease. ...Read more

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My syphilis serology test result came back reactive? What does this mean? I'm 15wks pregnant. I have to see the infectious disease control Dr's.

My syphilis serology test result came back reactive? What does  this mean? I'm 15wks pregnant. I have to see the infectious disease control Dr's.

Possibly syphilis: You may have been exposed to syphilis recently or in the past. A set of tests will help to determine what is the case. There is also a likelihood that the fact that you are pregnant has thrown off the test and made it false positive, which means you don't have syphilis. Work with the health department. ...Read more

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Can you cure Syphilis unknowingly by being treated for another bacterial disease? Ie, Step throat etc.

Can you cure Syphilis unknowingly by being treated for another bacterial disease? Ie, Step throat etc.

Syphilis: This is possible, although appropriate duration of therapy may not be correct, and the stage of the syphilitic infection is important. Need more info to answer this accurately. ...Read more

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Guillaume duchenne's, documented a disorder that develops in conjunction with syphilis. what is this?

Here are some ...: This disorder is also called in more generic general term as locomotor ataxia, first described by a French neurologist, Guillaume-duchenne, which manifests as a part of late advanced stage of syphilis affecting the dorsal white column of spinal cord or called tabes dorsalis. As a result, the affected patient will walk incoherently like orbotic movements. ...Read more

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Can syphilis be cured?

Germ can be killed: The germs of syphillis can be cured with antibiotics. If that germ has injured or destroyed some tissues in your body those tissues may or may not be able to recover after treatment. ...Read more

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What is black syphilis?

A myth: There's no such thing as "black syphilis." it's an old myth, perhaps told to soldiers to keep them from having sex with locals. ...Read more

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How do you get syphilis?

How do you get syphilis?

Exposure to germ: Syphillis is usually transmitted sexually thru contact with an infected person. That person may be asymptomatic and or have thought they had a flu like illness as their only symptoms. Risk of transmission is estimated at 30% per contact during the contageous phaze. Infected women pass it to their babies during pregnancy in the first years they have untreated disease. ...Read more

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How is syphilis treated?

Pencillin: Preferably with high-dose penicillin, either given by injection or infusion, depending on the stage. ...Read more

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How do you cure syphilis?

Peniccilin: Good old fashioned penicillin is still the standard first line treatment for syphilis. For people with an allergy to penicillin there are other antibiotics available. Syphilis is a treatable std. Get tested. ...Read more

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How does syphilis spread?

How does syphilis spread?

Skin to skin contact: Syphilis is spread via skin to skin contact with an infected painless sore called a chancre. If the infected sore come into contact with another person during any type of sexual activity then the other person is at risk and should be tested. ...Read more

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How do syphilis sores heal?

Antibiotics: Use the right kind of antibiotics would do. Let dermatologist help you, don't treat yourself. ...Read more