Gummata are growths of pink, fleshy tissue that contain
syphilis bacteria. They may appear as nodules or
ulcers or become masses that are like tumors. Gummata are rare. When they do occur, they
range from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Common sites of gummata include the:
Skin, where they cause
shallow open sores that heal slowly.
Mucous membranes. These gummas may become cancerous.
Bones, where they cause destruction of bones and pain that is
especially severe at night.
in visual impairment that may lead to blindness.
Respiratory system, where they cause hoarseness, breathing
problems, and wheezing.
If you're a woman, you may have no symptoms at all, or you may experience:
A greenish yellow, frothy vaginal discharge with a pronounced odor
Vaginal itching or irritation
Discomfort during urination
Pain in the lower abdomen
If you're a man, you'll probably have no symptoms, or you may experience some penile irritation, discomfort when urinating, or discharge.