Syphilis symptoms in women manifest themselves differently at different stages of the infection. To begin with, or when the infection is first contracted, there sometimes are no syphilis symptoms. In fact, some people remain asymptomatic for years after the transmission of the disease has taken place.
However, just because people sometimes display no syphilis symptoms, does not mean that the disease is not present or that there won’t at a later stage be complications resulting from it.
What makes the absence of syphilis symptoms dangerous is that the carrier of the disease may not be aware of being infectious and may pass on the disease to others unknowingly.
What is also dangerous about this infection is that it puts the person more at risk of acquiring the AIDs virus as well not only because the sores and rashes make infection easier, but also because sexually transmitted diseases are markers for behavior patterns similar to the HIV infection.
Syphilis symptoms in women at primary stage: The symptoms of the first stage are usually a single round bump or sore that is usually painless. There may also be more than one such sore (or chancre) and is usually seen at the place where the infection gained entry into the body.
The sore(s) will usually disappear without treatment in some weeks. The infection is still within the body at this stage and if treatment is not administered, it advances to the next stage.
Syphilis symptoms in women at secondary stage: The most commonly occurring rash of the secondary stage is rough reddish spots or patches on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands.
Other kind of rashes in other parts of the body may also manifest themselves at this stage of syphilis and there may be other symptoms such as sore throat, hair loss in patches, fever, headaches, swollen lymph glands, body ache, and feelings of tiredness. Again the symptoms recede without treatment but this simply means that the infection has progressed rather than abated.
Syphilis symptoms in women at late stage: Untreated syphilis can progress to the final stages and can appear 10 or even 20 years after the initial infection.
At this stage the disease starts to affect internal organs including the heart, liver, brain, eyes, and even the bones and joints. It can degenerate into lowered coordination of movement, loss of eyesight, paralysis and even dementia. In such cases, syphilis can cause death.