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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)

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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What is the definition or description of: Leprosy?

Leprosy: Leprosy (Hansen's disease) is an often chronic infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae or Mycobacterium lepromatosis. It can attack the nervous system and lead to significant disfigurement. ...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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Is leprosy a fatal disease?

Sort of: Leprosy is a chronic slowly progressive illness and it is treatable. Left untreated, it can cause death after a number of years of being ill with the disease. ...Read more

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Does leprosy kill the victim?

Leprosy: Leprosy usually evolves very slowly. When death occurs it is often due to complications. ...Read more

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Does leprosy spread by kiss and sex?

Unlikely: Leprosy is very hard to transmit. Even close household contacts and spouses generally don't acquire leprosy. But i'm curious that you're asking about leprosy, which is so uncommon in the U.S., and when it's here, it gets treated. ...Read more

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Symptoms of leprosy are curable or not?

Early detection....: The for the treatment to be sucessfull early detection it is the key. Yes it will cure it. ...Read more

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Does leprosy affect the nervous system?

You bet it does: Likely the most frequent cause of peripheral neuropathy outside of the United States used to be leprosy, The organism prefers to afflict colder parts of the body, and often involvement of median and peroneal nerves are seen. A mixed variety of peripheral nerve problems does occur, but the infection is very sensitive to antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

Yes: Skin lesions are the primary external sign.[3] left untreated, leprosy can be progressive, causing permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes. ...Read more

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Is leprosy contagious? Is it still common?

Leprosy: Leprosy is uncommon and only mildly contagious. Per WHO- Leprosy in endemic in 91 countries. Over 50% of Leprosy in the world is centered in India. There are areas of high prevalence within Nepal, Burma, Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar & Mozambique. According to WHO at the end of 2012 there were 189,018 cases of Leprosy world-wide. Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious ...Read more

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What is the nursing management of leprosy?

Few issues: I'm not sure what you're asking. Leprosy is usually treated with oral agents in on an outpatient basis, so nursing management isn't usually an issue. However, if you were dealing with patients who have advanced leprosy (rarely in the U.S.), the key would be teaching them to avoid injury to the limbs resulting from lack of sensation. ...Read more

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Why is leprosy also called hansen's disease?

Hansen's Disease: Leprosy is also called Hansen's Disease because G. H. Armauer Hansen was the scientist who discovered the Mycobacterium leprae bacterium in 1873. ...Read more