Leprosy is a sickness and is also called the Hansen’s Disease, after Armauer Hansen, who was the first Norwegian to investigate the leprosy Microorganism. Leprosy is nothing to serious, you can’t won’t see any flesh.

What causes Leprosy?external image face%20nodules.jpg

Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. This bacteria grows very slowly and mainly affects the nerves, and mucous membranes. AFter a person is affected by the bacteria the bacteria begins to multiply inside the body and the symptoms of the bacteria don't show until 3 - 5 years within contact. Even when its a very strong case damage is only done to the hands, the feet and the peripheral nerves.
This bacteria spread around, quite easily simply by coughing or sneezing. A few of the first signs that a person has Leprosy is when they have a patch on skin and when you have a loss of feeling.

What are the symptoms?

There are quite a few symptoms of this disease. Leprosy also has different stages, and also has different types of Leprosy. They are different levels in which that are dangerous and some that are not so dangerous.

  • Severe pain
  • Muscle weakness, especially in the hands and feet
  • Skin stiffness and dryness
  • Loss of fingers and toes
  • Eye problems, which lead to blindness
  • Enlarged nerves, especially those around the elbow (ulnar nerve) and knee (peroneal nerve).
  • Face
lepromatous leprosy symptoms can include:
  • Thinning of eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Thickened skin on face
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Bloody nose
  • Laryngitis
  • Collapsing of the nose
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin and armpits
  • Scarring of the testes that leads to infertility
  • Enlargement of male breasts (gynecomastia). external image leprosy.jpg

Those are a few of the symptoms, of Leprosy but there are also more that involve rashes and scars. This disease has a lot to do with physical disfiguration. None of these symptoms are deadly and there have been a lot of myths in the past about fingers and toes falling off well they are not true. It has been proven. This disease just does quite a lot of damage to your outer features, for example your nose, face, fingers and toes.
Leprosy is infectious but it cannot be caught by a hand shake. It has been proven that over 95% of people are immune to this disease.

Is there a cure?

Yes, there is a cure for this disease, There are 2 - 3 power ful drugs that you can take if you have leprosy. Their names are clofazimine, rifampicin and dapsone. If the Leprosy is very mild and doesn't have any serious conditions then the treatment needed is only two drugs for 6 months continuous. A more severe form of Leprosy needs all three drugs in order for the person to be cured and the drugs must be used for 24 month period continuous.