Leprosy Disease

www.letmesay.in image showing leprosy in foot
Leprosy, an infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae, mainly affects the patient's skin, eyes, nose as well as peripheral nerves. It spreads fast by airborne droplets. While modern leprosy treatment and cure has helped a lot in tackling this chronic disease, it is still prevalent in parts of Africa, Central & South America, the Indian sub-continent.

There are to distinct types of leprosy -- tuberculoid and lepromatous. While the former type runs a relatively benign course and is often self-healing, the later type is a steadily progressive form of this devastating disease. However, it is not easy to distinct one type form the other because of mixed symptoms, involving the skin and the nervous system. 

Main Leprosy Symptoms Include:
  • Light-colored or red skin patches,
  • Decreased sensation,
  • Numbness,
  • Weakness in hands and feet.

The skin manifestations range from areas of whitening of the skin to huge nodules of the types that are often found on the bodies of the leprosy patients in advanced state of the disease.

In serious cases, the nervous system manifestations include total loss of feeling in certain parts of the body.

The eyes may be affected and the patient may suffer total blindness. In addition, ulcers may occur in the mouth and larynx.

According to India Ayurveda, leprocy is caused by aggravation of all the three doshas (vata, piitta ans kapha)of the body.

Experts suggest that leprosy is totally curable and it takes just 6-12 months involving multi-drug therapy to get rid of the disease. Multi-drug therapy has been made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) for free since 1995. Although the disease of leprosy still exists, the WHO eliminated it as a public health problem in 2000, which means that there is less than 1 case per of leprosy disease 10,000 people, thanks to leprosy cure. Early treatment avoids disability and other complications.
1/27/2017
Leprosy Disease
www.letmesay.in image showing leprosy in foot
Leprosy, an infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae, mainly affects the patient's skin, eyes, nose as well as peripheral nerves. It spreads fast by airborne droplets. While modern leprosy treatment and cure has helped a lot in tackling this chronic disease, it is still prevalent in parts of Africa, Central & South America, the Indian sub-continent.

There are to distinct types of leprosy -- tuberculoid and lepromatous. While the former type runs a relatively benign course and is often self-healing, the later type is a steadily progressive form of this devastating disease. However, it is not easy to distinct one type form the other because of mixed symptoms, involving the skin and the nervous system. 

Main Leprosy Symptoms Include:
  • Light-colored or red skin patches,
  • Decreased sensation,
  • Numbness,
  • Weakness in hands and feet.

The skin manifestations range from areas of whitening of the skin to huge nodules of the types that are often found on the bodies of the leprosy patients in advanced state of the disease.

In serious cases, the nervous system manifestations include total loss of feeling in certain parts of the body.

The eyes may be affected and the patient may suffer total blindness. In addition, ulcers may occur in the mouth and larynx.

According to India Ayurveda, leprocy is caused by aggravation of all the three doshas (vata, piitta ans kapha)of the body.

Experts suggest that leprosy is totally curable and it takes just 6-12 months involving multi-drug therapy to get rid of the disease. Multi-drug therapy has been made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) for free since 1995. Although the disease of leprosy still exists, the WHO eliminated it as a public health problem in 2000, which means that there is less than 1 case per of leprosy disease 10,000 people, thanks to leprosy cure. Early treatment avoids disability and other complications.