Examples of the chancre, or sore, typical of a primary syphilis infection. The sore, which is normally round and painless, will heal on its own after 3-6 weeks. However, if it remains untreated, secondary syphilis will eventually develop.
Photos courtesy of the CDC/ Dr. Gavin Hart; Dr. N.J. Fiumara; CDC/ Dr. Dancewicz; CDC.
Question: What Are The Symptoms of Syphils?
- one or more chancres appear at the site where the syphilis bacteria enters the body.
- normally round, firm, and painless
- will heal on their own in 3-6 weeks
- usually show up within 3 months of infection
- If untreated will lead to secondary syphilis.
- skin rash
- frequently on palms of hands and soles of feet
- usually rough, red and brown spots
- rash can occur in other colors and places
- genital ulcers
- flu-like symptoms
- Symptoms will resolve on their own, but if untreated will become tertiary syphilis.
- difficulty making muscles move correctly
- gradual blindness
- Can eventually lead to death.