Understanding of Syphilis

Syphilis or Lion King is an infection caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. Syphilis is one of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Generally, this infection spreads through sexual contact with an infected person. In addition through intimate relationships, syphilis-causing bacteria can also spread through exposure to body fluids sufferers, for example through the blood.

In general, direct contact occurs through sexual contact. This sexual relationship can take the form of vaginal, anal, or oral sex. In addition, sharing a needle can also transmit the infection of this disease, both in injecting drug users and the art enthusiasts body, such as tattoos and ear piercing.

Transmission of syphilis can also occur from a pregnant woman to her baby. This condition is known as congenital syphilis. Infant mortality in the womb may occur due to this infection.

Syphilis-causing bacteria can not last long beyond the human body, and the disease can not be transmitted through the following ways:

  • Wearing the same toilet with syphilis.
  • Sharing the same cutlery.
  • Wearing the same outfit.
  • Sharing a pool or similar bathroom.

The first symptoms of syphilis appear about three weeks after the bacteria enter the body. Syphilis infection is divided into four main stages, among others:

Primary Syphilis

People with syphilis develop symptoms that begin with lesions or sores on the genitals or inside and around the mouth. The wounds that occur are shaped like insect bites but not painful. At this stage, if an infected person has sex with another person, transmission is very easy. This wound lasts for 1-2 months. Eventually, this lesion will heal without leaving a mark.

Secondary Syphilis

Patients with secondary syphilis will experience a red rash the size of a small coin and usually this rash appears on the palms and soles of the feet. Other symptoms that may arise are fever, decreased appetite, sore throat and genital warts. This phase can last for one to three months.

Latent Syphilis

After the secondary syphilis phase, syphilis seems to disappear and cause no symptoms at all. This latent period can last about two years before then proceed to the most dangerous period in syphilis infection that is tertiary syphilis.

Tertiary Syphilis

If the infection is not treated, syphilis will progress to the final stage, which is tertiary syphilis. At this stage, the infection can have a serious effect on the body. Some of the consequences of infection at this stage are paralysis, blindness, dementia, hearing problems, impotence, and even death if left untreated.

Syphilis is most easily transmitted in the primary and secondary syphilis phases. If you feel infected with syphilis, consult a physician or clinic for a specialist venous disease to confirm the diagnosis of syphilis. The sooner syphilis is treated, the less likely it is that syphilis develops into a serious disease.

Treatment of Syphilis

Treatment of syphilis is very easy to do. The usual treatment is to use antibiotics in the form of penicillin injections. If left untreated, syphilis can be a dangerous disease and can lead to death.

Patients with syphilis who are in the treatment period should avoid sexual contact until infection is confirmed to have recovered completely.