|Description:||This photograph depicts the appearance of what was determined to be a primary syphilitic lesion, which was located on the penile corona, in a region on the right side of the glans penis. The lesion was accompanied by enlargement of the bilateral inguinal lymph nodes. Also known as a syphilitic chancre, |
The primary stage of syphilis is usually marked by the appearance of a single sore (called a chancre), but there may be multiple sores. The time between infection with syphilis and the start of the first symptom can range from 10 to 90 days (average 21 days). The chancre is usually firm, round, small, and painless. It appears at the spot where syphilis entered the body. The chancre lasts 3 to 6 weeks, and it heals without treatment. However, if adequate treatment is not administered, the infection progresses to the secondary stage.