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Symptoms will depend on what stage the syphilis is in. There are four main stages.
Primary (First) Stage within 10-90 days of exposure
A single lesion will usually appear. It will occur in the area where the infection was originally passed. Common sites include the genitals, rectum, tongue, inside of the mouth, or lips.
It will start as a raised and painless lesion. It will gradually break down to form an ulcer. The ulcer is painless at first with raised edges. They usually last for 3-6 weeks. The ulcers will heal on their own.
Without treatment, the infection may move to the secondary stage. This can happen even if the ulcers are no longer visible.
Secondary Stage Several Weeks to Months after the Original Lesion
This stage is marked by the appearance of a non-itchy rash. This rash may appear as rough, red, or reddish brown spots on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. It is also possible for different rashes to appear in other places on the body. These rashes may appear as:
Small blotches or scales
Moist warts in the groin area
Slimy white patches in the mouth
The rash may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as:
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