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 nine 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 is known to not recur after treatment, it’s not a guarantee that you won’t get infected again.2

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, since a syphilis sore (a known syphilis symptom) can be hidden from plain sight.3 As such, patients must undergo follow-up testing and/or treatment to make sure initial treatment is successful.4 Making sure that your partner has been tested and/or properly treated can help mitigate the risk of a syphilis reinfection.5

You’ll know if a patient has been reinfected, or if their treatment failed, if they exhibit symptoms that persist or recur, or if they have a sustained four-fold increase in a nontreponemal test titer.

What’s Wrong With Conventional Syphilis Treatments?

Conventional health professionals consider antibiotics the main treatment for syphilis, or may advise patients to take other medicines to address the STD in its early stages.6,7 But these have the potential to be highly problematic given the side effects linked to them over the years.

Antibiotics should ONLY be considered for syphilis treatment if natural remedies fail to work on the patient. If your condition requires that you take an antibiotic, make sure to take a probiotic supplement that contain species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic, to assist with maintenance of good gut bacteria health. Never take the antibiotic and the probiotic simultaneously, as the former can kill good bacteria residing in your gut.8

How to Treat Syphilis Using Natural Remedies

Instead of relying on conventional treatments, patients can utilize natural remedies to their advantage to help address this STD. Before trying any of these methods, however, patients must consult their physician first, and/or undergo an allergen patch test (if planning to use any oils) to check for potential allergic reactions:9

Astragalus: Syphilis patients can take capsules or tinctures prepared from astragalus to assist with protecting the immune system.

Gokulakanta leaves: A decoction made from these leaves is used to help relieve STDs like syphilis and gonorrhea. These leaves are known to help with disinfecting blood.

Indian pennywort: This herb has been suggested to be an effective remedy for syphilis sores by assisting with prevention of syphilis ulcer development. Applying a refined powder made from dried Indian pennywort leaves directly onto syphilis can help treat this STD.

Essential oils: Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that can be useful in soothing symptoms, and possibly provide pain relief. Dilute it in a carrier oil and apply onto the infected area using a clean cotton ball, or add a few drops to your daily baths.10 Apart from tea tree oil, frankincense and lemon essential oils are other oils that can potentially address syphilis.

Copaiba oil: External application of copaiba oil to lesions can be beneficial because it may help relieve inflammation and speed up the healing process.

Rooibos tea: Drinking this tea may aid in preventing inflammation and pain usually linked to syphilis.

Supplements May Also Help Treat Syphilis

Syphilis patients can also benefit from taking supplements. Garlic supplements are also said to be effective in enhancing the immune system and may work as a natural antibiotic, while kelp supplements can deliver some vitamins and minerals. Other recommended supplements for people with this condition include:

  • Vitamin C: This antioxidant can enhance the patient’s immune system.
  • Zinc: Supplements containing zinc may encourage healing of the infection and aid in boosting the well-being of reproductive organs, provided that patients do not use these in excessive doses.
  • Vitamin B complex: Vitamin B complex supplements can be useful in the functioning of enzyme systems present in cells.
  • Colloidal silver: These supplements may assist in reducing inflammation and promote healing of syphilis lesions.
  • Vitamin K: This vitamin is said to be essential for facilitating blood clotting. However, if you might be taking antibiotics, this supplement can be eliminated from the body. Consult a health professional first before taking vitamin K supplements if you have syphilis.

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