Syphilis (lion king disease) is a venereal disease that causes long-term complications if not treated properly. Syphilis symptoms or signs in older persons are different, both male and female. It depends on the stage of development of the disease.
In order to get to know the symptoms of syphilis or the lion king disease, consider the following explanation.
Syphilis Symptoms According To The Stage
Syphilis develop gradually with symptoms that also vary.
However, the symptoms that are caused often occur simultaneously at each stage and are not always sequential.
You may be infected with syphilis and do not feel any symptoms for years.
Here are various symptoms or characteristics of syphilis (lion king disease) based on the stages of the disease:
In the primary stage, painless sores will appear on the spot the first time bacteria enter the body.
This usually occurs within 3 weeks of the beginning of the bacteria entering with a period ranging from 10-90 days.
If you are on this primary stage, you can easily transmit syphilis-causing bacteria to others.
Here are the symptoms caused by syphilis in the primary stage:
- In men, these sores often appear in the genital area, usually (but not always) on the pe**nis. These wounds often cause pain.
- In women, sores can develop on the outside of the genitals or on the inside of the vagi**na, but are painless (chancre).
- The development of lymph nodes can occur in the area around the wound.
- Injuries can occur on other parts of the body other than the genitals.
The wound usually lasts for 3-6 weeks and can heal without treatment. However, the wound may leave a thin mark.
Although the wound has healed, it does not mean syphilis also disappeared. You can still pass syphilis on to others as long as you are in this condition.
This stage is characterized by a rash that appears in 2-12 weeks after the wound develops.
The rash usually develops on the entire body, but is more common on the palms of the hands and feet.
During this secondary stage, there may also be other symptoms that indicate that the infection has spread throughout the body.
You are very at risk of transmitting syphilis to others when you are in the secondary stage.
Symptoms or characteristics arising from syphilis secondary stage are:
- Rashes that look like ordinary skin problems generally look reddish brown, small, dense, flat or raised on skin less than 2 centimeters (cm) high.
- There is a small open wound on the mucous membrane on the skin layer.
- There are pus-filled sores or moist sores, such as warts.
- In dark-skinned people, the color of the wound may look lighter compared to the surrounding skin.
Skin rashes can usually heal on their own within 2 months without scarring.
Once the healing is complete, the skin color will change.
However, even if the wound has healed, syphilis will still be contagious to others.
When syphilis spread throughout the body, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Fever (usually no more than 38.3 degrees Celsius).
- Sore throat.
- The body feels weak and uncomfortable.
- Weight loss.
- Hair loss, especially in the eyebrows, eyelashes, and scalp.
- Swollen lymph nodes.
- Stiff neck, headache, irritability, paralysis, inappropriate reflexes, and irregular eyeball movements.
If you don’t get treatment, the syphilis symptoms that you experience will develop to the latent stage.
This is the stage after a person is infected with syphilis or the lion king disease.
Once the rash in the secondary stage syphilis goes away, a person will not have any symptoms at any time or has entered the latent stage.
This stage may last quite short, which is 1 year or can range long enough between 5-20 years.
If no symptoms appear, you run the risk of transmitting the virus during the early period of the latent stages.
The final stage is the most contagious time of the series of developments in syphilis.
If not treated immediately, this late stage may appear within an early 1 year after infection.
In fact, the symptoms caused in the later stages of syphilis can be seen at any time.
The signs of the final stage depend on the complications that develop. Various complications of syphilis (lion king disease) include:
- Gummata, large wounds in the body or on the skin.
- Cardiovascular syphilis, which affects the heart and blood vessels.
- Neurosyphilis, which affects the nervous system.
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Last Updated on February 16, 2022 Reviewed by Market Health Beauty Team