Leprosy - Co-Existing Factors

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Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Dec 12, 2019
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Leprosy - Co-existing factors

Poverty: Poverty could increase the risk of the disease as it results in poor sanitation, lack of education and awareness among the people.

Genetic: There is evidence of genetic effect against the leprae bacillus infection. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA-DR2) is associated with the tuberculoid type of infection and HLA-MTI and HLA-DQ1 with lepromatous disease.

Traveling to underdeveloped countries: It is confined mainly but not exclusively to the under developed areas of the tropics and the southern hemisphere. South, South East Asia and Brazil are the most affected area.

Close association with infected person: Leprosy though is not a highly communicable disease, can spread to people who are in close contact with the infected person.

Leprosy - References

  1. Leprosy elimination - (http://www.who.int/lep/)
  2. Leprosy - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001347.htm)

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hi this is sureshbabu.i have effected with hanseen disease,and i used MDT for one and half year,and doctors told to stop me and do some exercise..now main problem is one of my right hand fingers are clawed and it is shivering,and my skin turn into black on my face....tell me it is dangerous disease..how could i solve it i am doing small exercises but my fingers are same..please tell me and please helping to me...and my thinking too much on this unable to concentrate on anyhing...can i go to physiotheraphy...will the fingers come into normal...or can i go GYM and do exercises please please please help me....

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