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What’s the Ideal Syphilis Treatment?

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  • A syphilis infection’s incubation period can last between nine and 90 days, with the average being around 21 days
  • Patients can have a reinfection even after successful treatment. This usually happens when a person has sexual intercourse with a partner who doesn’t know he or she has the disease

A syphilis infection's incubation period can last between three and 90 days, with the average being around 21 days. During this period, symptoms will begin to appear.1 While syphilis can be cured and it's possible to heal from it (provided the disease is in its early stage),2 it does not guarantee that you won't get infected again.

Reinfection can occur even after successful treatment, and this usually happens if you have sexual intercourse with someone who is unaware that they have been infected, since a syphilis sore can be hidden from plain sight.3

As such, if you were already diagnosed with syphilis, make an appointment to undergo follow-up testing and treatment to make sure the initial treatment was successful.4 Ask your partner to get tested and properly treated, too, so you can mitigate the risk of a syphilis reinfection.

You'll know that you've been reinfected or unsuccessfully treated if you have persistent or recurring symptoms, or if there's a sustained fourfold increase in a nontreponemal test titer.5

What's Wrong With Conventional Syphilis Treatments?

Conventional health professionals consider antibiotics the main treatment for syphilis, or may recommend other prescription medicines to address the STD in its early stages.6,7 However, they're highly problematic given the side effects linked to them over the years.

Before trying antibiotics for syphilis treatment, there are a few natural remedies that may help you. If your condition requires that you take an antibiotic, take a sporebiotic supplement during and following the antibiotic treatment to help maintain good gut bacteria health. If you're wondering what exactly makes sporebiotics beneficial, the article "Should You Take Probiotics if You Must Take Antibiotics?" can provide some answers.

How to Treat Syphilis Using Natural Remedies

If you would like to try a natural treatment instead of relying solely on conventional drugs, you can utilize the following natural remedies to help address syphilis:

  • Astragalus — Astragalus exscapus, one of the many Astragalus species that have been discovered, was used in Ukraine's Odessa region to alleviate syphilis.8
  • Indian pennywort — This herb has a long history as a home remedy for syphilis sores. Be sure to do a skin patch test before applying any poultices of Indian pennywort to check for allergic possibilities. Also, pregnant women should be aware that when taken internally, Indian pennywort may cause spontaneous abortion.9
  • Essential oils — Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that may help alleviate symptoms.10 Frankincense oil and lemon essential oil may help address syphilis too.11,12
  • Copaiba oil — This oil's anti-inflammatory effects have been said to play a role in addressing syphilis. Animal studies conducted on horses and rabbits have also revealed that copaiba oil assisted in healing wounds.13
  • Rooibos tea — Drinking this tea may aid in inhibiting inflammation and pain usually linked to syphilis.14

Before trying any of these remedies, consult your physician to determine the ideal dosage for your condition and undergo an allergen patch test (if planning to use oils) to check for potential allergic reactions.

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