Syphilis is a bacterial infection primarily transferred between sexual partners. However, congenital syphilis can also appear in babies of mothers who had syphilis while pregnant.

For most people, the syphilis bacteria, known as Treponema pallidum, can stay dormant in their body for years, never causing any noticeable symptoms. If you are sexually active, it is vital to regularly get tested for syphilis, especially if you have a new partner.

Once syphilis shows symptoms, its severity typically progresses in three stages: primary, secondary and tertiary. Syphilis and herpes have similar symptoms, however, the main indicator between herpes and syphilis depends on if you’re experiencing pain. When symptoms are painless but present, that is a sign of syphilis whereas herpes blisters are painful.

While symptoms are present but painless, this is a sign of syphilis whereas if sores/blisters are painful, this is a sign of herpes.

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Painless sores around the rectum, genitals, or mouth

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Skin rashes, especially on the palms and soles

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Swollen lymph nodes

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Sore throat

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Hair loss

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Painful joints

CallonDoc offers both at-home test kits and in-person lab testing. After treatment we recommend a test of cure 2-3 weeks after completing treatment to confirm clearing the infection.

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Yes, syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease, although it can also be passed from mother to unborn baby
Syphilis is primarily transmitted through sexual intercourse. However, exposure to an ulcer or sore caused by syphilis could transfer the bacteria through the skin. Due to this, condoms cannot 100% prevent the transmission of syphilis. Syphilis can also be transferred through oral sex.
An individual can be infected with syphilis for years without noticing any symptoms. Therefore, testing regularly is essential if you are sexually active. Syphilis is usually diagnosed by a lab order blood test. There are two types of testing that can be done for syphilis, screening and confirmatory testing. With syphilis screening, if you test positive, it does not necessarily mean a person has syphilis. If tested positive in a screening, a person could have syphilis or something else, however you will need confirmatory testing to get proper treatment. If treated for syphilis and you experience other similar symptoms after treatment, a person could also have a UTI or something else. It is important to not only get treatment, but also get a test to ensure cure.

There are three main stages of syphilis: primary, secondary, and tertiary. People are usually more infectious during the early stages of the condition. Primary syphilis typically occurs around three to four weeks after first contracting the bacteria. The most common, mild symptoms at this stage of syphilis are sores around the mouth, genitals and rectum, and swollen lymph nodes. These sores can stick around for up to six weeks before disappearing. Secondary syphilis can happen at any point after the primary stage. The two most common symptoms are skin rashes and a sore throat. As a result of the relatively general nature of the symptoms, secondary syphilis is often mistaken for other skin conditions like psoriasis.

An additional stage is sometimes referred to between secondary and tertiary syphilis. It’s known as latent syphilis and refers to a period of time where the infection becomes dormant again, and people experience little to no symptoms. Tertiary syphilis is the most advanced stage of the disease and could lead to major health problems like blindness, hearing loss, heart disease, and even death.

Yes, using the right meds for syphilis can cure you of the disease. Getting treated as soon as possible is vital.
Antibiotic treatment is the most effective for curing syphilis. Primary and secondary syphilis can usually be treated with a penicillin injection. However, people with prior antibiotic resistance may need a more aggressive treatment plan, including combination therapy. Combination treatment typically involves taking more than one type of antibiotic at a time to improve its ability to kill off the syphilis bacteria.
Undiagnosed or untreated syphilis can lead to serious health problems, including . Tumors, Blindness, Paralysis, Hearing loss, Mental health issues, Memory loss, Neurosyphilis, which happens when the bacteria infect your brain or spinal cord, Heart disease
Yes, you can get your syphilis treatment online from board-certified, experienced doctors without an insurance company by using CallonDoc. Treatment for syphilis with CallonDoc is a flat fee of $59.99-no insurance needed! The doctor will send your syphilis medication prescription to your pharmacist so that you can save money at the pharmacy, too. CallonDoc also offers patients coupons for up to 80% off prescriptions at their local pharmacy, so they get the best pricing on the market for their medication.
If you’ve been diagnosed with syphilis, it is likely your partner will need to be tested and treated for syphilis too. CallonDoc offers 50% off expedited partner treatment for all STDs after you’ve been treated or tested. Contact us today and save money with an online doctor consultation.
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