Leprosy Hansen’s Disease Mycobacterium Leprae Causes Nerve Damage, Skin Sores Symptoms

Leprosy Hansen’s Disease is a chronic infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria. It is a slow developing disease, sometimes many years go by before any of its symptoms materialize.

Leprosy is notorious for causing disfiguring skin soresnerve damage and progressive debilitation. Hansens disease primarily acts on your:

Mycobacterium leprae’s slow multiplication and inability to survive outside its host, makes this bacteria difficult to study. What is known about Hansen’s disease is it is not very contagious despite the unclear means of leprosy’s actual transmission.

These leprosy signs and symptoms may take years to emerge:

Kidneys may not function properly, causing kidney failure in severe cases.

Because of leprosy’s long incubation period, it is more difficult to pin down when this disease was contracted. And children are more susceptible than adults.

Hansen’s disease eventually causes permanent peripheral nerve damage. However, antibiotics are available to kill the Mycobacterium leprae causing leprosy bacteria. Aspirinprednisone or thalidomide may be used to control your inflammation.

Early Hansen’s disease treatment curbs skin sores and nerve damage, and restores your health back to noninfectious. Once treatment begins, you are no longer contagious.

That’s right, “leper colonies” are history.