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Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: YES - major problem.

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.

In brief: YES - major problem.

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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Enlarged liver & lymph nodes. Thickening of skin on forehead, nose, earlobes wi disfigurement. Fingers & toes can be injured with subsequent loss of digits.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: And

It is the numbness that causes the deforming changes which occur. Patients cannot feel injuries, burns and thus disfiguring scarring lesions develop.
Skin infections go unfelt and unnoticed. Leprosy only affects nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. Leprosy is very, very hard to 'catch' & is now curable. Other symptoms are muscle weakness and shiny pale skin sores. Extremely rare in usa.

In brief: And

It is the numbness that causes the deforming changes which occur. Patients cannot feel injuries, burns and thus disfiguring scarring lesions develop.
Skin infections go unfelt and unnoticed. Leprosy only affects nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. Leprosy is very, very hard to 'catch' & is now curable. Other symptoms are muscle weakness and shiny pale skin sores. Extremely rare in usa.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes..

Numbness is a common symptom seen in people affected by leprosy.

In brief: Yes..

Numbness is a common symptom seen in people affected by leprosy.
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