Which of the following signs and symptoms would a nurse expect when examining a 22-year-old female with secondary syphilis?

  • chancre sore near the vagina
  • no noticeable symptoms
  • non-itchy rash on palms and soles of the feet
  • skin tumors
Number 3 is correct.
During the primary stage of syphilis, a chancre sore may be seen at the site of infection. A rash, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, weight loss, and achy joints may be noted during the secondary stage. During the latent stage of syphilis, most clients do not experience any signs or symptoms. The damage that occurs in the final stage, tertiary syphilis, is irreversible and can include tissue tumors, blindness, heart disease, and death.