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Leprosy | Causes | Symptoms | Complications | Ayurvedic Pathway to Management of Leprosy

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Leprosy is a contagious disease that causes severe, dislocated skin lesions and nerve damage in the hands, feet, and skin areas around the body. The disease has been in place since ancient times, often surrounded by terrible, negative stigmas, and stories of leprosy patients. The bacterium Mycobacterium leprosy causes leprosy. It is thought that exposure to mucous secretions of a person with infection spreads leprosy. It usually occurs when a person suffering from leprosy sneezes or coughs. The disease is not highly contagious. The oldest civilizations of China, Egypt, and India feared leprosy was an incurable, mutilating, and contagious disease.

Causes leprosy:

Leprosy is caused by a slow-growing bacterium called Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae). After the scientist who discovered leprosy in 1873, leprosy is also known as Henson's disease.

Symptoms of leprosy:

Leprosy mainly affects the skin and nerves outside the brain and spinal cord called peripheral nerves. It can also attack thin tissue thinning the inner part of the eyes and nose. The main symptom of leprosy is the destruction of skin sores, lumps or bumps that do not go away after several weeks or months. Skin pores are yellow-colored. Symptoms usually take about 3 to 5 years after exposure to leprosy-causing bacteria. Some people do not develop symptoms until after 20 years. The time between contact with bacteria and the presence of symptoms is called the incubation period. The long incubation period of leprosy is very difficult for doctors to determine when and where a person with leprosy is infected.


If you have a suspicious skin, your doctor will remove a small sample of abnormal skin and send it to a laboratory for examination. This is called a skin biopsy. A skin smear test may also be performed. With paucibacillary leprosy, no bacteria will be detected. In contrast, bacteria with multibacillary leprosy are expected to be found on the skin smear test.

How is leprosy treated?

Leprosy can be cured. In the last two decades, 16 million people with leprosy have been cured. The World Health Organization treats all people suffering from leprosy for free. Treatment depends on the type of leprosy. According to modern aspects, antibiotics are used to treat infections. Long-term treatment with two or more antibiotics is recommended, usually from six months to a year. People with severe leprosy may need to take antibiotics for a long time. Antibiotics cannot treat nerve damage. Anti-inflammatory drugs are used to control nerve pain and leprosy-related damage. This may include steroids, such as prednisone. Thalidomide can also be given to leprosy patients, which is a powerful medicine that suppresses the body's immune system. It helps in the treatment of leprosy skin. Thalidomide is known to cause serious, life-threatening defects and should not be taken by women who are pregnant or women who may become pregnant.


Without treatment, leprosy can permanently damage your skin, nerves, hands, feet, feet, and eyes. Blindness or glaucoma, swelling of the face (including permanent swelling, bumps, and lumps), erectile dysfunction and infertility in men, kidney failure, muscle weakness, which leads to claw-like hands or inability to flex the legs, Permanent damage to the inside of the nose, which can cause runny nose and chronic, clogged nose, permanent damage to the nerves outside the brain and the spinal cord, Health, as well as the legs and feet.

Ayurvedic Medication/Pathway to management:

Arogya Vardhini Vati, Gandhak Rasayan, Khadirarist, Lohasav, Maha Manjishthadi Kwath,Triphala Churna, Swarn Makshik Bhasma.


The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These are only based on the study and practical performances. We do not recommend any of the above medicines to directly intake or to do not use this information to diagnose or ayurvedic treatment of kids-health and/or colic pain without consulting the doctor. Consult your physician before beginning an exercise regime.

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