What is a Thymosis?

March 22 23:09 2019 Print This Article

It is defined as a disorder in which there is an infection of the bones, joints as well as skin. It is caused due to the bacteria which is spirochete in nature. It may be syphilis, bejel or pinta.

What are the signs and symptoms of Thymosis?

It includes the spread of infection from skin to skin contact. If there is bite, cut or a scratch the bacteria enters through it. In less than 30 days one sees an infection which does not lead to any pain. It has an appearance of the mother yaw. It increases in the size with the time. It leads to the formation of smaller yaws. The primary stage resolves within half a year but the secondary stage takes a long time. In this yaws are found on the soles as well as palms. There is a loss of squamous epithelium. Ulcers are also formed. The severe form of disease occurs in one tenth of the population and in few years may lead to destruction of the bone, joint as well as skin.

How Thymosis can be diagnosed?

It includes the use of visual examination and a patient history. One can also go for dark field micro scopy and other options are the blood tests. It includes the VDRL, TPHA and RPR test. But there are no unique blood tests which have done to differentiate the different forms of treponemas.

How Thymosis can be treated?

It includes that there is no specific treatment for this disorder. One must identify the cause for it and must act against it. Most commonly one can go for intra muscular use of penicillin along with a tetracycline or erythromycin. In the early stages the disease is reversible but in the later stages it becomes irreversible.

How Thymosis can be prevented?

It includes the avoidance of any irritating factor. One must avoid alcohol, tobacco and cigarette smoking.

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