How Syphilis Symptoms Can Show Up on the Body: Part 2

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Rashes on the Hands or Feet

Rashes on the Hands or Feet. Google Images

This patient presented with papulosquamous syphilids on the wrist and palms during the secondary stage of syphilis. This rash often appears as rough red or reddish brown spots, and can appear on both the palms of the hands and on the bottoms of the feet.

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Lesions on the Face

Lesions on the Face. Google Images

This patient has presented with "nickel and dime" lesions on the face, which can develop during secondary syphilis. Other symptoms that may occur during this stage are mild fever, fatigue, headache, sore throat, patchy hair loss, and swollen lymph glands.

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Eyebrow Alopecia

Eyebrow Alopecia. Google Images

This patient developed eyebrow alopecia during the secondary stage of syphilis. Other symptoms that may occur during this stage are mild fever, fatigue, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands.

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Swelling Between the Toes

Swelling Between the Toes. Google Images

This patient has moist papules developing in the intertriginous areas between the toes. This clinical manifestation occurs during the secondary stage of syphilis and is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum.

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Tumors on the Nose

Tumors on the Nose. Google Images

This patient has tertiary syphilis, which has resulted in gummas, seen here on the nose. These gummas can look like basal cell carcinoma. The gummatous tumors are benign, however, and if properly treated, they will heal.

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Perforation of the Hard Palate

Perforation of the Hard Palate. Google Images

This patient with congenital syphilis has developed a perforation of the hard palate due to gummatous destruction. These destructive tumors can also attack the skin, long bones, eyes, mucous membranes, throat, liver, or stomach lining.

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Cracks Around the Mouth

Cracks Around the Mouth. Google Images

This patient with congenital syphilis is exhibiting rhagades, which are cracks or fissures in the skin around the mouth. This rare type of facial disfigurement results from persistent infantile syphilitic rhinitis.

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Joint Swelling of the Knees

Joint Swelling of the Knees. Google Images

This patient with congenital syphilis shows Clutton's joints, also known as symmetrical hydrarthrosis of the knee joint. This is a painless condition that often occurs during the late stages of congenital syphilis.

For more ways in which syphilis can manifest physically throughout the body, click here.

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