There are various dreadful diseases that are hunting mankind and sexually transmitted diseases are also increasing rapidly. Syphilis is one of the most life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases because it may cause serious health complications like blindness, deafness, neurosyphilis (damage to the nervous system) and damage to the bone if left untreated.
Syphilis is mainly a bacterial infection, which starts as a painless sore, typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth. The syphilis bacteria can remain inactive (dormant) in your body after the initial infection, before becoming active again. Early syphilis can be treated. Syphilis can also be passed from mothers to unborn child at the time of delivery if the mother is suffering from the same.
Causes Of Syphilis
Causative agent of Syphilis is a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. The most common route of transmission is through sexual contact with an infected person and minor cuts or abrasions in your skin or mucous membranes. Syphilis may rarely spread through kissing or infected mothers to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth. Syphilis can’t be spread by using the same clothing or eating utensils, or from doorknobs, swimming pools or hot tubs.
Syphilis develops in stages, and symptoms vary with each stage. Stages can be –
A small sore, called a chancre (SHANG-kur) appears at the spot where the bacteria entered your body. Most people infected with syphilis develop only one chancre, some people develop more than one. The chancre usually is painless and may develop about three weeks after exposure; it may heal on its own within three to six weeks.
Within a few weeks of the original chancre healing, a rash begins on your trunk but later covers your entire body, including the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. This rash may be accompanied by wart like sores in your mouth or genital area. Some people muscle’s aches, a fever, a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, which may disappear within few weeks.
The disease moves from the secondary stage to the hidden (latent) stage, if you are treated for syphilis which shows no symptoms. The latent stage can last for years and may progress to the third (tertiary) stage.
People who don’t get treatment for the Syphilis, may develop complications known as late (tertiary) syphilis. In this stage it may damage your brain, heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, liver, bones and joints.
If the mother is having syphilis at the time of delivery then she can infect the baby through the placenta. Most have no symptoms, but some may experience a rash on the palms of hands and the soles of their feet. Later, it can lead to deafness, teeth deformities and saddle nose.
Syphilis can spread and can damage your brain, nervous system (neurosyphilis) and the eye (ocular syphilis).
Risk Factors of Syphilis
Following factors increase the chance of developing this disease –
- Unprotected sex
- Sex with multiple partners
- Person infected with HIV
Complications of Syphilis
Syphilis if left untreated can lead to –
These are also called gummas, which can develop on your skin, bones, liver or any other organ in the late stage of syphilis. Gummas usually disappear after treatment.
Like – Headache, Stroke, Meningitis, Hearing loss, Visual problems, including blindness etc.
Like – aneurysm and inflammation of the aorta. Syphilis may also damage heart valves.
Adults with sexually transmitted syphilis or other genital ulcers have an increased risk of contracting HIV.
Preventive Measures Of Syphilis
To prevent the spread of syphilis, follow these preventive measures –
- Abstain or be monogamous
- Use a latex condom
- Avoid drugs
Treatment Of Syphilis in Ayurveda
Ayurveda treats the possible root cause of a disease, after identifying the ‘body type’ to analyze the nature of the diseases. Ayurveda practitioners with the help of potent herbs manage the disease, which is natural, pure and safe to use and are not having any side effects.
Herbs Used for the Treatment of Syphilis
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is a wonderful herb and has great benefits for those with STDs like – Syphilis due to its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
The cooling effect of Aloe Vera gel is immensely soothing for a person with an STD. Aloe Vera exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity and can help hydrate your skin and may help with wound healing. It helps to manage the scars and wounds related to syphilis. Aloe Vera extract cream is very useful in Syphilis.
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
Neem possesses anti-microbial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-septic properties and is very useful to relieve itching. Steep neem leaves in warm water and use this water to bathe, it will help you out in STDs. Diluted neem oil can also help in the case of rashes and warts.
Coneflower or Echinacea (Andrographis paniculata)
Echinacea has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce inflammation. An infusion made using the root of the coneflower can help treat syphilis. Topical use of creams can also help ease skin problems.
Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil is very beneficial in managing STD symptoms due to its antifungal properties. Its topical use can help ease the pain associated with syphilis.
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