The Latent Stage
1 to 30 Years After First Syphilis Sore
In this stage, there are no signs or symptoms whatsoever.
Patients can remain in this stage for up to 15 years, giving the patient a false sense of security while the syphilis develops into the final, most crippling, and possibly even fatal stage. Although only 15-40 percent of people at the latent stage progress into the final stage, it is still of utmost importance that you are thoroughly checked for any more signs of syphilis before stopping treatment.
The Tertiary Stage
This is the final and most serious stage of syphilis. Only a small portion of patients ever get to this stage, and are no longer contagious. However, it may be fatal if not treated. The tertiary stage usually develops into one of these 3 forms:
Occurring in 15 percent of tertiary stage patients, this form presents itself 15 or more years after the primary infection occurs. It is characterized by soft, inflamed, tumor-like balls that can affect bones, skin, and organs like the liver, but can show up anywhere.
Occurs in 10 percent of tertiary patients. This form of syphilis can appear around 10-30 years after the primary infection. It usually results in syphilitic aortitis, inflammation, and a possible rupture of the heart’s aorta, the blood vessel which carries the oxygen-filled blood to the other parts of the body.
Neuro and Ocular Syphilis
An estimated 6.5 percent of tertiary patients are in this group. Even among the different forms of tertiary stage syphilis, this is a particularly dangerous and crippling kind. This targets the nervous system like the spinal cord, the nerves, and eyes. Severe headaches, poor muscle coordination, numbness, dementia, changes in vision, and even paralysis and blindness are among the symptoms that accompany this form of tertiary stage syphilis.
Although syphilis is a treatable disease, it is still a potentially dangerous sickness that may last for years. Make sure to practice safe sex to avoid this disease. Consult with your medical practitioner if you think you have a syphilis sore.
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