Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease. It is an infection lead by a bacteria which is called Mycobacterium leprae. These bacteria rise very slowly & it may take around 20 years for the signs of its infection to develop. The symptoms majorly affect skin nerves & mucous membranes which are the soft and moist areas inside our body’s openings. It is important to understand that early detection and timely treatment is key in leprosy.
Signs and Symptoms associated with Leprosy:
The disease can lead to below skin symptoms. A large, discolored lesion on the chest of an individual having leprosy.
Symptoms which could be a result of nerve damage are:-
Enlarged nerves under our skin & dark reddish skin patches overlying our nerves affected by bacteria on the chest of the patient having leprosy. Such skin patch was numb.
Symptoms that resulted from disease in mucous membranes are:-
Since leprosy affects our nerves, loss of feeling or sensation could take place. When loss of sensation takes place, injuries like burns may even go unnoticed. As we may not feel the pain which can warn us of the harm to our body, we shall take additional caution for ensuring that the affected areas of our body do not get injured.
Signs and Symptoms associated with Advanced Leprosy:
If it is left untreated, signs of advanced leprosy could occur which could include:-
Other complications which may sometimes take place are:-