Leprosy - Frequently Asked Questions
A general Physician, dermatologist or an Infectious Disease specialist can be consulted
2. Is leprosy curable?
Yes, it is curable. Multidrug therapy is used to treat patients with leprosy. It takes about a few months to many years depending upon the patient's disease status.
3. Is leprosy contagious?
No, it is not contagious. About 95% of the people have natural immunity against leprosy.
4. Why are the fingers and toes of a patient disfigured?
The bacteria affect the nerve endings and results in loss of sensation. Due to this when they injure themselves they don't feel the pain. The injuries are super infected resulting in loss of tissue and it becomes deformed due to the absorption of the cartilage by the body.