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Leprosy - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is leprosy?

Mycobacterium leprae is a bacterium which causes a progressive, chronic bacterial infection called leprosy. The nerves in the nose’s lining, the upper respiratory tract and in the extremities get affected by it. Leprosy produces nerve damage, muscle weakness and skin sores. If not treated, it may result in significant disability and severe disfigurement. Leprosy is quite common in lots of countries, especially those having subtropical or tropical climates. Leprosy has been classified in three different ways. The first kind recognizes two different leprosy types: lepromatous and tuberculoid. The immune response of a person towards the disease, dictates the kind of leprosy. Only few skin sores show and there is good immune response in people having tuberculoid leprosy. The disease isn’t severe and is not highly contagious. In those having lepromatous leprosy, immune response isn’t high and the nerves, skin and few other organs are affected. Nodules and wide spread lesions are found. It is highly contagious. Another way of classifying it is dependent on the number of skin areas affected and the type. Paucibacillary is the first type which has five or lesser lesions without any bacteria detection in the samples taken from the skin. Multibacillary is the second category which has higher than five lesions, bacteria gets detected in the skin’s smear or even both. An infected individual’s mucus can lead to the spread of leprosy. This usually happens when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. The disease is not highly contagious. Close contact repeatedly with someone who hasn’t been treated can cause transmission of leprosy. The bacteria causing leprosy multiply slowly over a long period of time. The disease can incubate for over five years. Symptoms might not show up till 20 years. The doctor can carry out a physical examination to search for symptoms and telltale signs of the disease. They also carry out scraping or skin biopsy. The doctor removes a small part of the skin and sends the sample to the lab for testing. They might even conduct lepromin test of the skin for determining the kind of leprosy. The doctor injects a tiny amount of leprosy inducing bacteria in the skin, usually in the upper part of the fore arm. People having borderline tuberculoid or tuberculoid leprosy have irritation at the site of injection. The World Health Organization has come up with a multiple drug therapy for curing all kinds of leprosy. It is available worldwide for free of cost. Quite a few antibiotics are also available for killing the leprosy causing bacteria. Your doctor might prescribe multiple antibiotics at once.

These antibiotics are:

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong Spread through the air or contaminated surfaces
Symptoms
Pain in the eyes or foot. Loss of colour, lumps, small bump, ulcers, or redness on the skin. Physical deformity. Reduced sensation and numbness.

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Homeopathic Treatment For Leprosy!

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
Homeopathic Treatment For Leprosy!

Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease. It is a chronic dermatological disorder caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Leprae. The peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract are affected by the bacteria. Leprosy starts by the appearance of scaly skin lesions. If not treated in the primary stage, it can progress rapidly and cause permanent damage to the skin. It can damage the eyes, nerves and limbs. Leprosy can be moderately contagious, therefore it is necessary for the patient to be quarantined during the course of the treatment to prevent the spread of disease among other family members.

It has been noticed that after prolonged homeopathy treatment, almost 80% cases have been cured and improved. The patients have recovered senses in their limbs; the wounds have improved and in some cases, miraculously disappeared.

Homeopathy and Leprosy
There have also been cases where patients have responded better to homeopathic treatment than the multi-drug treatment regime that most doctors prescribe to leprosy patients. This could be because homeopathy is the safest and a non-toxic remedy to most diseases that does not complicate the health by causing adverse side effects.

A wonder medicine used for the treatment of leprosy is an anti-syphilitic medicine called Mercurius Solubilis. With an extremely high potency of 200, it is known to be an excellent remedy for leprosy. Homeopathic medicines are selected based on the symptoms. First the treatment is done on the symptoms so as to provide relief as soon as possible. Homeopathic medicines then act on the root cause of the disease, also providing bacterial resistance. It helps to retard the progress of the disease. Along with it, homeopathic medicines also help to reduce lepra reactions, and start reviving the damaged nerves, limbs and skin. It also strengthens the immunity system.

Some combinations of homeopathic and natural medicines used to treat leprosy are:
1. Thuja
2. Sulphur
3. Tuberculinum
4. Calotropis
5. Chaulmoogra oil
6. Elaeis
7. Hydrocotyle
8. Apis

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Homeopathy Treatment For Leprosy!

BHMS, M.D (HOM)
Homeopath, Visakhapatnam
Homeopathy Treatment For Leprosy!

Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease. It is a chronic dermatological disorder caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Leprae. The peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract are affected by the bacteria. Leprosy starts by the appearance of scaly skin lesions. If not treated in the primary stage, it can progress rapidly and cause permanent damage to the skin. It can damage the eyes, nerves and limbs. Leprosy can be moderately contagious, therefore it is necessary for the patient to be quarantined during the course of the treatment to prevent the spread of disease among other family members.

It has been noticed that after prolonged homeopathy treatment, almost 80% cases have been cured and improved. The patients have recovered senses in their limbs; the wounds have improved and in some cases, miraculously disappeared.

Homeopathy and Leprosy
There have also been cases where patients have responded better to homeopathic treatment than the multi-drug treatment regime that most doctors prescribe to leprosy patients. This could be because homeopathy is the safest and a non-toxic remedy to most diseases that does not complicate the health by causing adverse side effects.

A wonder medicine used for the treatment of leprosy is an anti-syphilitic medicine called Mercurius Solubilis. With an extremely high potency of 200, it is known to be an excellent remedy for leprosy. Homeopathic medicines are selected based on the symptoms. First the treatment is done on the symptoms so as to provide relief as soon as possible. Homeopathic medicines then act on the root cause of the disease, also providing bacterial resistance. It helps to retard the progress of the disease. Along with it, homeopathic medicines also help to reduce lepra reactions, and start reviving the damaged nerves, limbs and skin. It also strengthens the immunity system.

Some combinations of homeopathic and natural medicines used to treat leprosy are:
1. Thuja
2. Sulphur
3. Tuberculinum
4. Calotropis
5. Chaulmoogra oil
6. Elaeis
7. Hydrocotyle
8. Apis

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Popular Questions & Answers

There are lot's of brown spots on my face and they are increasing day by day. I need some suggestion please. Right now I am taking MB MDT leprosy pure neurotic hansen treatment for enlarged nerve of right hand. Please suggest me treatment for brown spots on my face.

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
If you are taking Hansepran(Clofozimine) that may cause pigmentation.You apply Moiz Lmf 48 lotion once daily. you can consult privately with photos.

Is the leprosy are a viral disease? What ate the common symptoms of it & what precautions it must be taken to avoid that?

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Dermatologist, Nashik
Dear Lybrate user Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae.. It can present with light coloured patches with loss of sensation or red raised lesions over body.. Treatment for 12 months is needed to cure the disease..
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I want to know what is the best diet nutrition for leprosy patient and what is the side effect of dapsone and hansepran tablet.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Please Take plenty of water Take salads and fruits more Take high protein diet, avoiding non beg Avoid fish, rice, brinjals There are less side effects of dapsone and hensepran.
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What is leprosy?

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