1. What is leprosy?
Leprosy is a chronic skin and nerve condition caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. It causes skin lesions and affects the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the eyes and respiratory membranes.
2. What are the common symptoms of leprosy?
The symptoms of leprosy include skin lesions; decreased sensation of touch, heat and pain; numbness in the hands and feet; dryness in the eyes while blinking; ulcers on the feet; and paralysis of small muscles.
3. What causes leprosy?
Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Affected people can transmit the bacteria through the nose and mouth via droplet infection. The bacteria affects the immune system and nerve cells.
4. Is leprosy an inherited condition?
Leprosy is not an inherited condition. However, the infection can be transmitted from one person to another through droplets.
5. How does this condition transmit from one person to another?
Leprosy infection can spread from the mouth and nose via droplet infection if one is in close contact with persons having untreated leprosy.