Syphilis treatment is aim at the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection caused by Treponema Pallidum bacteria that is transmitted by direct contact with a syphilitic sore on the skin and in the mucous membranes. The disease starts as a painless sore – typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth. This bacteria can’t survive for long outside the human body. After it enters through mucous membranes or skin, reaches the regional lymph nodes within hours, and quickly spreads throughout the body. It is usually important you get tested and treated as soon as possible, if you think you might have syphilis. It can result to serious health problem, if it is not treated.
This article will focus on:
- Syphilis mode of transmission.
- Causes of syphilis.
- Different stages of syphilis symptoms.
- Meaning of neuro syphilis and it signs and symptoms.
- Congenital syphilis.
- Risk factors.
- How syphilis can be prevented and
- Syphilis Treatment.
How Can Syphilis Be Transmitted?
Syphilis can transmitted mainly through close contact with an infected sore. This usually occurs during vagina, anal or oral sex or by sharing sex toys with someone who is infected. Pregnant women with syphilis can transfer the infection to their unborn baby. It is possible you get infected, if you inject yourself with drugs and share needles with someone who is infected or through blood transfusions. It can be spread through shared contact with surfaces like doorknobs or tables.
What Are The Causes of Syphilis?
Syphilis appears when T. Pallidum bacteria is transfers from one person to another during sexual intercourse. It can be passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy or to an infant during delivery known as CONGENITAL SYPHILIS which I will discuss briefly later.
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What Are The Symptoms of Syphilis?
The symptoms of syphilis for men and women are the same that are often mild and not easy to recognize. Syphilis spread through SORES know as CHANCRES. Syphilis is divided into 3 stages with different symptoms associated with each stage. In some cases symptoms may not show up for several years. The stages are:
Primary syphilis symptoms are one or several painless, firm and round syphilitic sores called CHANCRES that disappear within 3 to 6 weeks but without syphilis treatment, the disease may develop to the next stage.
(a) A non – itchy rash that begins on the trunk and spreads to the entire body including the palms of the hands and soles of the feet that may be rough, red or reddish brown in colour.
(b) Oral, anal and genital wart like sores.
(d) Muscle aches.
(f) Weight loss.
(h) Patchy hair loss.
(i) Sore throat
(j) Swollen lymph nodes.
Besides, the symptoms mentioned above can show in a few weeks after they appear or they can appear severally for a long period of time. Evidently, untreated secondary syphilis can result in to latent and late symptoms which will be our next focus.
The latent stage can last for many years. During this period the body will harbour the disease without signs or symptoms.
Thereafter, tertiary syphilis may develop or the symptoms may never come back. The T. Pallidum bacteria remain dormant in the body and there’s always a risk of recurrences, even if symptoms are not present.
Late or Tertiary Syphilis Symptoms
Tertiary syphilis can occur 10 to 30 years after the onset of the infection, normally after a period of latency, where no symptoms exist that include:
- Damages to the heart, blood vessels, liver, bones and joints.
- Gummas or soft tissue swelling that occur anywhere on the body.
By the same token, it can spread to other part of the body such as: the brain or nerve and cause serious and potential life threatening problems. People with tertiary syphilis may experience:
- Dementia symptoms.
- Loss of co – ordination.
- Vision problems or blindness.
And of course, syphilis treatment can be done at this stage but sometimes it is not easy to reverse any damage done. Tertiary syphilis is not contagious but it has the most dangerous symptoms.
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Neuro syphilis is a condition where the bacteria has spread to the nervous system. It is often associated with latent and tertiary syphilis but it can appear at any time, or it can appear gradually. The symptoms are:
(1) Dementia or altered mental status.
(2) Abnormal gait.
(3) Numbness in the extremities.
(4) Problems with concentration.
(6) Headache or seizures
(7) Vision problems and
Congenital syphilis is severe and frequently life threatening. Infection can transfer from mother to her fetus through the placenta and also during birth process. Adverse outcomes include: early fetal death, preterm or low birth weight, neonatal deaths and infection in infants.
What Are Syphilis Risk Factors?
Sexually active people are at risk of contracting syphilis. They include:
(I) Those who have unprotected sex.
(II) Men that have sex with men.
(III) People with HIV.
(IV) People that have many sexual partners.
However, syphylis sores increases your risk of contracting HIV.
How Do You Prevent Syphilis?
It can be prevented by:
- Not having intimate contact with someone you know when he or she is infected.
- Not using other people needles or share your needles with others, if you inject yourself with drugs.
- Using a male or female condom during vagina, oral or anal sex. Be aware that it only protect you against GENITAL SORES.
- Using a dental dam (a square of plastic) during oral sex.
- Avoiding of sharing sex toys, if you do, wash them and cover them with a condom before use.
- Avoiding alcohol and drugs that can result in unsafe sex practices.
- Avoid sex until you have completed your sypilis treatment and blood test confirmed that your are had been cured of syphilis.
This syphilis treatment write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the service of a medical professional is urgently needed.
(1) Obtain the root of Plantain or Banana. Cut them into slices. Pound them in a motal using pestle. Once you’re done. Extract the juice. Throw away the chaff. Mix the Banana or Plantain root juice of 900 ml with
• 600 ml Organic Pure Honey (Dorawa in Hausa; Zmanu in Igbo; Oyin igan, Oyin gidi in Yoruba; Zmanu in Igbo)
• 7 tablespoons of Garlic paste (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Ayuu in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba)
• 10 tablespoons of Azadirachta Indica leaf Juice (Aforo oyinbo, Cassia in Yoruba; Neem in English; Bedi, Ko, Dongoyaro in Hausa; Ogwu akom in Igbo) and
• 2 tablespoons of Ginger (Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Igbo; Chitta in Hausa). Mix them together thoroughly. It is very effective in syphilis treatment. Take 2 tablespoons three times a day for syphilis treatment.
(2) Grind the following items in to powder:
• Dried stem of Tinosporia cordifolia (Hearth leaves in English; Epa ikun in Yoruba)
• Dried bark of Spondias Mombin (Hog plum in English; Tsadar lamarudu, Tsadar masar in Hausa; Ogogo, Uvuru, Ijikara in Igbo; Iyeye in Yoruba; Okhigham in Bini)
• Leaves of Carica Papaya (Pawpaw, Papaya in English; Gwanda in Hausa; Ewe Ibepe in Yoruba; Ojo, Okwere, Okpurukwa, Okwere in Igbo)
• Shade dried Azadirachta Indica (Dongoyaro, Bedi, Ko in Hausa; Aforo oyinbo in Yoruba; Ogwu akom in Igbo)
• Adenia Venenata (Arokeke in Yoruba; Yaga in Hausa)
After grinding them into powder. Mix them thoroughly with the same quantity of Organic Pure Honey.
Take 2 tablespoons two times a day for syphilis treatment.
(3) Boil the following items together in water for 40 minutes:
• Roots and leaves of Momordica Charantia (Balsam pear, Bitter goured, African cucumber in English; Okwunuolo, Akban ndene in Igbo; Daddasu in Hausa; Igbole aja, Akara aje, Ejirin in Yoruba)
• Leaves of Piper Umbellatum (Njam – nja in Igbo; Ebe – ahanbi in Bini; Iwere, Ewe efon, Yawe in Yoruba)
• And Commelina Diffusa (Day flower, Small blue flower in English; Obogu, Ahiahia ebisango in Igbo; Godogbo, Godogbo – odo, Itopere in Yoruba; Balasa, Balaana, Balasayaa, Kununguru in Hausa)
Take 250 ml three times a day for syphilis treatment.
Ultimately, syphilis is curable if it is detected early. But it is not easy when it is too late, can permanently damage your brain and heart after the infection might have gone.
Also, some people with syphilis have an immune system reaction known as Jarisch – Herxheimer reaction many hours after their first syphilis treatment that might include: joint pain, chills, stomach upset, rash, fever, headache or joint and muscle pain that usually dissapear within a day. Having syphilis once and you have been successfully treated, doesn’t protect you from being re – infected another time.
Only laboratory test can confirm whether you have syphilis or not. Follow up your testing by your health care provider recommendation in order for your syphilis treatment to be successful.
It may not be obvious that a sex partner has syphylis because syphilis sore can be hidden in the anus, in the mouth, under the foreskin of the penis and in the vagina. Unless you know that your partner(s) has or have syphilis, or have been tested or treated you may be at the risk getting syphilis from infected again from an infected partner.
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