Anytime you think you may have been exposed to an STD, you should see a qualified health care professional right away. In this case the best type of physician for you to see is a primary care physician
such as a family doctor
or internal medicine doctor
. Syphilis infection results in 3 stages of disease. The primary infection causes a painless ulcer near the genital area that may or may not be noticed. A month to six months later, secondary syphilis can occur which causes fever, sore throat, weight loss, and a diffuse rash. People probably do have a cough and nasal drip as well, but these would not be the symptoms you would notice the most. There is a manifestation of congenital syphilis (acquired from an infected mother) where babies develop the "snuffles" which is a runny nose that finally results in nasal deformity. You would have noticed it a long time ago if you had any signs of congenital syphilis. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can take a detailed history of your symptoms and perform a thorough physical exam. Perhaps your doctor will decide to order one of the syphilis blood tests to see once and for all if you have been exposed.