Syphilis Rash – Definition, Types and Treatment
Syphilis rash is caused by a type of bacteria called “Treponema Pallidum”. Transmission of this STD is usually due to contact with a sore during sexual intercourse. The occurrence of syphilis rashes clearly indicates that the disease has thwarted the primary stage but eventually progressed to the second one.
There are four types of syphilis rash which are classified based on stages. The occurrence of the rash corresponds with the secondary stage of succession.
- Primary Rash (First Stage): Here, the prevalence of syphilis is characterized by small, reddish sore called “Chancre”. The sore, which is painless sometimes, occurs at the point where the infection penetrated the body. Chancres usually appear on the genitals, rectal or anal parts, but the sores may appear inside the mouth.
- Secondary Rash (Second Stage): If the rash is not cured during primary stage, this will likely progress to the secondary stage which is characterized by the exact appearance of the rash. This stage is manifested by formation of lesions or rashes appearing on the skin. In other words, they typically appear in the palms and feet without causing any uneasiness since they are neither itchy nor painful.
- Latent Rash (Dormant Syphilis Rash): Considered as the third stage, this may last for 3 – 5 years. Most carriers of latent rashes are asymptomatic. As a result of the lack of symptoms or dormancy, the rash can be still undiagnosed.
- Tertiary Rash: When the infection has reached this stage, the rash will cause damages in several body parts. The bacteria itself will cause damages in the internal organs and impairs normal functioning of the eyes resulting to blindness. As paralysis continues to develop, the rash may cause death.
Those who have a syphilis rash don’t need to worry since we got good news! The rash can now be treated with penicillin. An “Intramascular Injection” can cure patients infected with syphilis within a year. But bear in mind that syphilis or any STD treatment tends to become difficult as the condition develops. Therefore, an early treatment or diagnosis is necessary.
Treatment of syphilis rashes is an easy procedure only if it’s identified by the mentioned stages/types first. It’s very important to educate yourself (and your partner) regarding the effects of this infection.
Here are three DIY tips you need during rash treatment:
Take the antibiotics or medications prescribed by your doctor. If you’re suffering from early stage of syphilis, the rash can be cured with a single dose of penicillin. But if you’re allergic to penicillin, your doctor can give you other medics that also work. However, alternative medicines must be taken within weeks or months, depending on your doctor’s recommendation.
If you developed the second stage, visit a clinic or see your doctor for immediate treatment.
Always take care of your skin. Maintain a very clean skin but don’t go for cleansers and soaps with extreme chemical content. According to studies, these skin care products won’t help cure your rash quickly.