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What Syphilis Looks Like
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Depends: Age? Recent illness? Fever? Trauma to mouth? Medications? All of these can play into ulcers in the mouth. If a child, viral illness can be the cause, ie, herpes, adenoviruses, etc. Trauma with toothbrush and others can do this. Vitamin deficiency can sometime be a culprit. Usually treat with warm salt water rinses, avoid toothpast with sodium laurel sulfate and observe. See pcp/dentist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : On the type of spider, and ther are only 4 genera of spiders in the us that are dangerous to humans but generally, there may be 1 or 2 small puncture wounds in the center of a red, warm, swollen, initially painful (sometimes) but then sometimes itchy area. There may occasionally be some numbness in the area also. However, black widow bites and brown recluse and hobos can be quite different. ...Read more
Herpes: Before a cold sore appears the area will sometimes tingle, feel slightly raised and may appear red and inflamed. This pain or tingling sensation is called the prodrome (or warning symptom) and typically occurs 1 to 2 days before the cold sore appears. A cold sore generally appears as a small, fluid-filled blister which goes through a cycle of phases. The lesions will last for 8-10 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps lyme disease: Several bites can cause this response, and it most often means nothing to your health, and clears without treatment. Dermatologists consider lyme disease, caused by an infection introduced in a tick bite, which classically causes erythema migrans-an expanding target like lesion. No other symptoms may be present at the onset of the rash, so consider seeing your doctor for preventative medication. ...Read more
Variable: Some lesions look like teardrops and some will look excoriated and some will be crusty--in otherwords the lesions will be in various stages----also the scalp, mouth and vaginal area are likely to have lesions. ...Read more
Blisters/ulcers: A herpetic rash usually begins with a 'premonition' or a burning sensation. One or more small blisters and redness follow (this is the rash). The blisters can rupture producing more rash or ulcers on the skin. This can heal in 10-14 days or may continue for longer than that. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Same as non MRSA: Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that resides on the skin of most persons. It is not more likely to cause infection but it may not respond as well to many antibiotics. The look and nature of the wound would vary widely depending on the location and degree of infection. But, in general, skin infections should look the same as a regular staph infection as it heals. ...Read more
I have brown spots on the front of my hands, looks like syphilis but i'm a virgin (no oral and never been kissed) so that can't be. What could it be?
Swollen vagina w/ what looks more like chancres than clusters. Very painful to urinate. Waiting on test results. more likely to be herpes or syphilis?
Here are some...: I'm glad that you;ve got medical attention and just wait the test reports to come. Clinically, the skin lesions are probably not related with syphilis since its lesion is painless, but more likely herpetic lesions with superimposed cellulitis leading to such pain upon urination. To help doc deduce right Dx, follow instructions in http://www.formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html so to work with Doc... ...Read more
Sebaceous cyst or syphilis? Woke up with large closed lump on penis. It was painful to pop and blood came out. Looks like a chancre after being popped
Abscess: Chancres don't pop and sebaceous cysts don't swell rapidly or hurt suddenly. Let's shower twice a day for a while and consider a god antibacterial soap. If this gets worse or starts to spread, get seen. ...Read more
Freq. Urination, burning not when pee and lil itch. No syphilis chlam/ghonnor hiv. Doc saw yeast 3 diflucan (fluconazole) hasn't helped. No UTI and urine looks good?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A/W Dr. Schifilliti: Of interest, alphonse (al) capone was reported to have died in 1947 from cardiac arrest related to tertiary syphilis. His son, albert francis capone was born with congenital syphilis. Al capone was reported not to have been appropriately treated for syphilis ; mistook remission of symptoms for being disease - free. This mayo clinic article describes symptoms of tertiary syphilis:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for syphilis to be spread if two people put their heads together, like in a hug or something?
Syphilis: Casual contact is not the way any std is contracted or spread. Syphilis, however, is unique in that it can be spread directly from an infected sore on the skin to another's skin. It can also be spread through saliva, blood, semen, or other bodily fluids. It is not spread through uninfected skin without a sore or syphilis chancre. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Syphillis is not spread in the air like a flu or cold. Transmission requires direct contact with the germ.This can be as it passes mom to baby in her blood, thru a tainted blood transfusion(they test it to avoid that) &direct contact with sores during sex or other contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More than u think...: Though overall statistics paints a relatively low number, in certain populations such as msm (men who have sex with men) in urban centers, syphilis rates are disturbingly high - in 2010 the cdc estimates it to be 44 times higher than other men and 40 times that of women. It is also important to remember that co-infection with HIV is not uncommon, so get tested for both! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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