Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted disease that usually affects people in New York City under the age of thirty. When a person is infected with syphilis, he or she will develop painless sores that last approximately four to six weeks. A skin care treatment program that addresses the skin conditions that are commonly associated with syphilis can help minimize permanent damage and help patients feel more comfortable.
If you’d like to learn more about syphilis skin care treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to restore the health that you deserve.
Syphilis is caused by a bacterium that is most easily transmitted through sexual contact. Syphilis can also be transmitted during pregnancy or the birthing process from a mother to her fetus. The disease is broken down into four separate stages, and each stage has its own set of distinct symptoms. The first and second stages of the disease include distinctive skin conditions.
In its earliest stage, syphilis will manifest as a single painless skin ulceration that is firm and not itchy. This is known as a chancre. The second stage presents with a diffuse rash through the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
Antibiotics like penicillin is the preferred and most effective treatment to combat syphilis, and the rates of the disease dropped significantly with the widespread availability of these medications in the 1940s. However, syphilis rates increased again recently at the turn of the millennium, often in combination with HIV and unsafe sexual practices.
The infected person may experience a loss of appetite, fever, rash, fatigue as well as arthralgias. If left untreated, syphilis can cause long-term damage to the heart, brain, skin, bones and nervous system.
Dr. Green takes a comprehensive approach toward managing syphilis, addressing not only the underlying cause of the disease with antibiotics but also treating the appearance of surface skin conditions. This combination approach leads to a faster, more comfortable recovery for her patients.
Whether you’re concerned that you may have syphilis or have already been diagnosed and are seeking treatment, our practice offers a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Dr. Green’s combination approach toward skin care treatment for syphilis may be right for you.