What to Expect With Lepromatous Leprosy

Symptoms of Lepromatous Leprosy

Lepromatous leprosy (also known as multibacillary leprosy) is the severe form of the disease. Lepromatous leprosy symptoms can include a symmetrical skin rash more commonly found on the:
  • Face
  • Ears
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Buttocks.
This skin rash can be:
  • Small or large
  • Flat or raised
  • Light or dark.
Other symptoms include:
  • Thinning of eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Thickened skin on face
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Bloody nose
  • Laryngitis
  • Collapsing of the nose
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin and armpits
  • Scarring of the testes that leads to infertility
  • Enlargement of male breasts (gynecomastia).

Leprosy Symptoms and Associated Complications

Leprosy is probably the most common cause of crippling in the hands worldwide. Leprosy complications can include:
  • Blindness
  • Loss of fingers or toes following an injury or an infection
  • An increased risk for arthritis and amyloidosis.
Worldwide, 1 to 2 million people are permanently disabled because of leprosy.

Symptoms of Leprosy: Final Thoughts

These symptoms of leprosy (especially early symptoms) can be similar to symptoms seen with other medical conditions. Therefore, people with possible symptoms should see their healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Leprosy Facts

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