Syphilis is also called ‘the pox’. It is sexual transmitted disease caused by a tiny bacterial organism called spirochete (Treponema pallidum).
Any sexually transmitted disease can be spread during sexual intercourse with an infected person.
Syphilis treatment is very easy, but can lead to serious health consequences when left untreated.
Syphilis treatment varies according to the stage of your disease.
Syphilis usually develops in three stages: primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, and tertiary syphilis.
Primary syphilis is the first stage that appears 2-6 weeks after you get infected with the bacterium spirochete. If you neglect the syphilis treatment at this stage, your infection may become secondary syphilis, which usually starts 2-10 weeks after the first stage.
Without syphilis treatment, your infection in this stage may progress to tertiary syphilis that may appear years later and usually occurs in one-third of untreated cases.
Syphilis bacterium is highly infectious and can enter your body through contact with the blood or sores (vagina, anus, mouth or broken skin) of an infected person. It can also spread from mother to child during pregnancy [Pregnant with syphilis].
Remember that the syphilis bacterium cannot spread with the usage of the toilet, bathtub, clothes or dishes of an infected person.
Whenever you have contact with a syphilis-infected person, it is good to contact your doctor immediately for treatment.
For syphilis treatment, you doctor conduct tests that include physical examination, blood test, and other tests to identify other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) (if any), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.
The syphilis treatment during the primary and secondary syphilis stages is very easy, which includes antibiotic therapy. Treating the condition in the early stages can help prevent the tertiary syphilis (third stage) health complications.
Penicillin is a most effective antibiotic for syphilis treatment at any stage. Penicillin is an intramuscular injection that is given directly into the muscle. In the syphilis treatment, penicillin can kill the bacteria and stops development of the disease to the next stage.
You may experience some kind of reaction on the first day of your syphilis treatment with antibiotics, which may be caused by killing several bacteria at once.
During your treatment, your doctor recommends to have regular blood tests to ensure that the penicillin (the antibiotic) is effective in treating syphilis.
If you are allergic to penicillin, then your doctor may prescribe other antibiotics that can be taken orally through mouth.
If you are with tertiary syphilis, then the syphilis treatment should be very strong with daily penicillin injection intravenously (into the vein) and treatment will be in the hospital.
As syphilis can be transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy, it is essential to have antibiotic therapy for you and even for your newborn child.
Remember that sexual activities should be avoided until your syphilis treatment is finished and your infection is completely cured. The blood tests after the treatment can confirm the infection in your body. It is also essential to have syphilis treatment for your sexual partner if necessary.