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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Overview)

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 is not very contagious.


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For centuries children and adults did ok treating leprosy with home remedies. Why can't i?

For centuries children and adults did ok treating leprosy with home remedies. Why can't i?

Leprosy Remedies: Chaulmoogra Oil has some antibacterial qualities so it has sometimes been helpful – but why turn to this when there is EXTREMELY effective treatment available - dapson, rifampicin & clofazimine. Some remedies might v sx's but are not curative. Azadirachta indica may act as a soothing antiseptic & Centella Asiatica may help wi pigmentation & inflammation. Please discuss wi your physician before > ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
98 Doctors shared insights

Leprosy (Overview)

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 is not very contagious.


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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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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 anyone know about the prevalence of leprosy (the hansen disease) in the u.S.)?

Rare: There are about 6, 500 people w Leprosy in the US. In 2009 there were 213 new US cases. Most new cases are in: California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York & Texas. Leprosy may be transmitted by close contacts with infected armadillos or humans. 95% of people are immune to Leprosy. It is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. ...Read more

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I heard that eating fish with dairy like milk is not good Is this true؟. And cause of leprosy?

Leprosy: If the fish does not have high mercury count & comes from a clean water source it is likely fine. If the milk is pasteurized & has been properly kept - it should be fine. The two can be ingested together. This is not a cause of leprosy. 95% of people are immune to Leprosy. Leprosy is caused by prolonged, direct contact (most likely nasal droplets) w someone who is infected. ...Read more

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L have deformity in left hand due to leprosy some years ago. Is any treatment to improve deformity?

L have deformity in left hand due to leprosy some years ago. Is any treatment to improve deformity?

See a hand surgeon: This is a specialty area in which the practitioners can do remarkable things with the hand, and you should find one who has been trained appropriately and discuss the issues with them. Good luck and best wishes for a successful outcome. ...Read more

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I have a relationship with a woman who travel once a year to India for Ayurvedic treatments. Can she get leprosy and transmit It to me trough sex?

Not to worry: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lenghty & close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. Of interest - after 2 weeks of treatment many lepers are no longer infectious. ...Read more

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Why haven't we cured leprosy?

We have: Leprosy is curable for the individual patient. May be you mean, why have we not eliminated leprosy? If that is the question, the answers include lack of an effective vaccine and failure to eliminate poverty. ...Read more

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I have skin rashes in the hand. My grand pa was a leprosy patient. Is it a herditery?

I have skin rashes in the hand. My grand pa was a leprosy patient. Is it a herditery?

No: At this time we believe leprosy, also called hansen's disease, is a contageon from respiratory droplets. ...Read more

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What is leprosy?

Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries. ...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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Does leprosy cause death?

Leprosy: According to World Health Organization “Mortality in leprosy is often not considered important since the disease is rarely an immediate cause of death.” Indirect effects of Lepromatous Leprosy ^ mortality 3.5 to 4 x higher than general population. Non-lepromatous Leprosy mortality rate was up to 2 x higher than general population. ...Read more

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Why haven't we cured leprosy?

We have: Leprosy is curable for the individual patient. May be you mean, why have we not eliminated leprosy? If that is the question, the answers include lack of an effective vaccine and failure to eliminate poverty. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about leprosy?

Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries. ...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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How quickly does leprosy spread?

Very Slowly: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. 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 ...Read more

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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. 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 sx's will ^ ...Read more

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Can you get leprosy more than once?

Re-infection: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. Antibiotic tx is very effective. However, it stands to reason that if treatment were stopped and the person is re-infected that the disease may again progress. ...Read more

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Are all the organs affected by leprosy?

Not all organs: 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. ...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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Can you catch leprosy if visiting colony?

Agree w Dr. Raff: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by nasal droplets. It take a great deal of interaction normally - to transmit. ...Read more

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Can you catch leprosy anywhere in the u.S.?

Yes: Yes, but there are very few active cases of leprosy and you must have close contact in order that the disease is transmitted. ...Read more

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What are identifying characteristics of leprosy?

Leprosy: 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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the disease leprosy spread?

Leprosy: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by nasal droplets. ...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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