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How dangerous is touching leprosy patients?

How dangerous is touching leprosy patients?

Not much: Most persons who acquire leprosy do so after long term intimate contact. Transient contact is not likely to produce transmission, but as my mentor used to say "never say never". ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Definition)

Leprosy is a disease that results in severe skin sores, nerve damage, and gradual muscle weakness. It is more common in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Leprosy ...Read more


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Why are people afraid to be near other patients with leprosy?

My thought..: Disfigurement can be terrifying to people. The fear of being mis-shapened combined with lack of knowledge about how mildly contagious it is - leads to fear & bias. 95% of people are actually immune to the bacteria. ...Read more

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How does chaulmoogra oil work on treating patients with leprosy?

Chaulmoogra Oil: Chaulmoogra oil contains hydnocarpic acide & chaulmoogric acid which both have antibacterial effects. Chaulmoogra oil was injected into people with early stage leprosy. It has been largely replaced by more effective medications. Although some people benefitted from its use, in contemporary times it has its detractors as well. ...Read more

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I was a patient of leprosy and after taking the treatment I am cured but it cause some damages can that be cured?

Be more specific: Without saying what kind of damage you received from the treatment, it's impossible to say if it's reversible or not. ...Read more

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How does leprosy spread?

Spread of Leprosy: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. ...Read more

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Can leprosy maime you for life?

A /W Dr. Friedlander: YES. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. If Leprosy is not treated the symptoms will progress over time. Leprosy is however curable. ...Read more

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What are your symptoms if you get leprosy?

Depends on type.: Leprosy sx's depend on the severity of illness. Sx's may include: Thick, dry skin or growths on skin. Numbness of areas of skin that may be hypopigmented. Pain can be severe. Nose may be congested with nosebleeds. Voice can become hoarse. Incisor teeth may fall out.Light sensitivity, glaucoma & blindness. Ulcerations of legs, ankles & feet. Testicles atrophy w/ gynecomastia in males & v fertility. ...Read more

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Is leprosy contagious?

Ever so slightly: A normal immune system wards off the infection (which is completely curable by the way) the germ is transmitted by a person in advanced stage of disease who sneezes or coughs. It takes many exposures probably. The incubation period is about 5 years and several more years until disease sets in. It causes numbness so unfeeling injuries occur and limbs or facial parts are scarred. ...Read more

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