World Leprosy Day

Leprosy is a disease that causes severe, scarring skin sores and nerve damage in the limbs.

Leprosy firstly affects the skin and then moves on to nerves present outside the brain and spinal cord which is known as the peripheral nerves. Although, it takes three to five years for these symptoms to appear after coming in contact with the bacteria. In some cases, symptoms appear after 20 years of being infected.

Complications of Leprosy

  • Blindness.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Disfiguration of the face.
  • Infertility and Erectile dysfunction in men.
  • Permanent damage to the nerves within the brain.
  • Permanent damage to the nose from the inside resulting in nose bleeding.

Antibiotic treatment will stop leprosy progression which makes early detection very important.

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