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Syphilis Treatment

Discovering you have syphilis may feel intimidating, but finding and treating it early can encourage more promising outcomes. Modern Urgent Care is here to walk alongside you through the treatment process.

Signs and Symptoms of Syphilis Stages

Syphilis typically develops in four stages, each with its own signs and symptoms. Here are important characteristics to look for in each stage:

  • Primary: The first stage — or primary stage — of syphilis starts with one or more sores appearing where syphilis entered your body. These sores may manifest around the genitals or the mouth. They are typically firm, round and painless, sometimes making them difficult to notice. Even if the sore goes away during treatment, continue your plan, as doing so is important to stop the condition from moving on to the next stage.
  • Secondary: The secondary stage presents as skin rashes and sores on one or more areas of your body. The rash is typically rough in texture, red or reddish-brown in color, and not prone to itching. Additional symptoms can include a fever, swollen lymph glands, hair loss, weight loss and fatigue.
  • Latent: The latent phase will not show visible signs or symptoms, but syphilis can still exist in your body during this time — especially without treatment.
  • Tertiary: It is rare for someone to develop tertiary syphilis. However, if it does happen, the disease will affect your organs and may lead to severe or fatal infections.

Syphilis Testing and Lab Diagnosis

Modern Urgent Care offers walk-in STD and STI testing to identify syphilis or other conditions and get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Our full STD panel is efficient and can be performed using urine, blood or genital secretion samples. We use Quest for our testing, which means your results will develop overnight.

Urgent Care Treatment for Syphilis

Syphilis treatment usually requires penicillin, an antibiotic that effectively kills the bacteria causing the disease. Early phases of syphilis can be treated using a single shot of penicillin. Additional doses may be needed if you have had syphilis for longer than a year. If you are pregnant, penicillin is the only treatment we recommend, and your baby may need to be treated following birth. 

After the treatment, we recommend regular follow-up blood tests to confirm its effectiveness.

Book an Appointment With Modern Urgent Care Today

Modern Urgent Care has locations in Stockton, Manteca and Ceres, California. Schedule an appointment with us or walk into a clinic near you today and start feeling better faster!

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