The sores usually go away within about six weeks. During the second stage of syphilis, you may notice some mild symptoms, such as a blotchy red rash on your hands or the soles of your feet, white patches inside your mouth, small growths that look like genital warts, swollen glands, patches of hair loss, or a slight fever and flu like symptoms. After a few weeks, these symptoms will go away too, but the infection is still there.
Many people experience a long symptom-free period following these initial stages, but the infection can show itself again many years later. The effects of this late stage syphilis can be very serious. It can cause heart problems, paralysis, or blindness.
Treatment for Syphilis
If you experience any of these symptoms or if you suspect you’ve been exposed to syphilis, you should see your doctor for sexually transmitted infections treatment. Syphilis can be detected by a simple blood test, even during the symptom free stage, and as it is a bacterial infection it can be treated with antibiotics. Getting treated will help stop the spread of syphilis and it will prevent the serious symptoms associated with late stage syphilis.