What Does Syphilis Feel Like?

The secondary syphilis rash is sometimes hard to see, and it usually doesn’t itch.

You may feel sick and have mild flu-like symptoms, like a slight fever, feeling tired, sore throat, swollen glands, headache, and muscle aches.

You can also have sores in your mouth, vagina, or anus, and weight or hair loss.

What is one of the first signs of syphilis?

The first sign of syphilis is a small sore, called a chancre (SHANG-kur). The sore appears at the spot where the bacteria entered your body. While most people infected with syphilis develop only one chancre, some people develop several of them. The chancre usually develops about three weeks after exposure.

What are the 4 stages of syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are four stages of the disease: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary (also known as neurosyphilis). Primary syphilis is the first stage of the disease. It causes one or more small, painless sores in or around the genitals, anus, or mouth.

How long does it take to cure syphilis?

Antibiotics for syphilis

The type of treatment you need depends on how long you’ve had syphilis. Syphilis that has lasted less than 2 years is usually treated with an injection of penicillin into your buttocks, or a 10-14 day course of antibiotic tablets if you can’t have penicillin.

What are the signs of syphilis in a man?

Secondary syphilis symptoms include:

  • sores that resemble oral, anal, and genital warts.
  • a nonitchy, rough, red or red-brown rash that starts on the trunk and spreads to the entire body, including the palms and soles.
  • muscle aches.
  • fever.
  • a sore throat.
  • swollen lymph nodes.
  • patchy hair loss.
  • headaches.