Causes & Symptoms of Leprosy

Leprosy is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculae. The incubation period of leprosy is long, so the method of disease transmission is difficlut to identify. Leprosy is not a easily communicable disease. Childrens are more prone to get leprosy then adults.

Tuberculoid and Lepromatus are two forms of Leprosy. Both forms have similar symptoms but, lepromatus is severe form, forms lumps on the skin and sores are worsened.

Symptoms of Leprosy

  • Nerves, Muscles and Skin are mainly affected by leprosy.
  • Peripheral nerve damage is the main symptom of leprosy. The limbs are affected first.
  • Skin lesions : Skin lesions are different from other lesions. The lesions are less sensitive to touch, heat or pain. Won’t heal, even after severa months.
  • Numbness at peripheral region : hands, feet, arms, and legs loses senation or numbness is present.
  • Muscle weakness, leads to generaliged weakness.
  • Mucus membrane is also affected.


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