Friday, December 15

Bacteria Treponema Pallidum

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I have always wondered about the damage sexually transmitted diseases (STD) can cause to a person. One of these STDs that are common is syphilis. From Britannica Online,


Syphilis is a systemic disease that is caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum. Syphilis is usually a sexually transmitted disease, but it is occasionally acquired by direct nonsexual contact with an infected person, and it can also be acquired by an unborn fetus through infection in the mother. A related group of infections, collectively known as treponematosis.


Syphilis is a kind of sexually transmitted disease that an individual can acquire from an infected partner. This is caused by bacteria called treponema pallidum. The bacteria travels to the mucus membrane then to the skin, and then even in the blood circulation.

A common symptom of these bacteria is painless sores known as chancre. A chancre can be seen in areas where bacteria go inside the body of an individual. These bacteria are commonly seen in the genitalia, anus, or on the mouth because of oral sex.

It is said that the bacteria last up to three weeks from inspection. They disappear from two to three weeks. Though the wounds vanish, the bacteria stay inside the body of the patient.

The next symptoms after the chancre are the rashes or sores on the mouth or genitalia of the patient. The bacteria last from three to twelve weeks. After several years, the bacteria can cause serious damage to the brain and the heart of the patient. An unborn child can even be contaminated with the virus if the mother is infected.

Most of the time these illnesses are taken for granted because of their simple symptoms. It is better that it would be treated with antibiotic during the early stages. Do not wait for the symptoms to get worse, or the illness to be at its final stage, before consulting a doctor, to avoid complication in the whole body system.


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