The first symptom of
syphilis is a sore called a chancre (say "shanker")
that is usually painless. The sore begins at the site of infection as a small,
solid, raised skin sore less than
0.5 in. (1 cm) across. It
develops into a red, usually painless open sore with a scooped-out appearance.
The sore usually does not bleed.
Two or more chancres may develop at the same time, usually in the
genital area, but sometimes on the hands, mouth, or other body surfaces.
Chancres contain millions of syphilis bacteria and are highly
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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