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  Leprosy is a bacterial infection of the skin. It is caused by the bacteria called as the Mycobacterium leprae . Leprosy causes damage of...

 Leprosy is a bacterial infection of the skin. It is caused by the bacteria called as the Mycobacterium leprae.

Leprosy causes damage of the nerves and disfigures the skin of arms and legs mainly. This condition is not as contagious. This is because, you can only get leprosy if you come in constant contact with the mouth and droplets of an infected person. Moreover, it is very common. It has infected about 208,000 people around the world and every continent has had patients.

Leprosy is not easily spread and about 95% people infected did not develop this disease. However, once infected there  is loss of sensation in the nerves. moreover, the legs and arms or the parts affected with this should be amputed.

Leprosy is common in poor people. There are two types of infections. If it is paucibacillary, there are only five patches on the body. However, if it is multibacillary, the number of patches are more and there is numbness in the limbs.

Symptoms of leprosy:

The symptoms of leprosy are different in different types of people. The incubation period of the bacterium is about 5 years. So, you may develop symptoms from 1 years up to 20 years after the infection is spread in your body.

The disease starts with lesions on the skin and gradually develops to numbness and loss of sensation in limbs.

Here are some common symptoms of leprosy that every infected person experiences:

  • Runny nose
  • dry scalp
  • problems related to eyes
  • weakness
  •  skin lesions
  • Flat nose if there is  destruction of nose cartilage
  • Smooth, shiny thickening of the skin in the affected area
  • There is resonation of sound when a person speaks.
  • In addition, there is atrophy of testes leading to impotence.
  • Reddish skin
  • Reddish patches on the skin which are insensitive to temperature and pain
  • In worse conditions, tissue damage which leads to shortening of  fingers and toes. It also affects the cartilage and it gets absorbed inside the body.

Around 30% people who are infected with leprosy experience numbness. The damage of nerve causes numbness which leads to further infections, ulcerations and joint deformities.

Types of leprosy:

The leprosy has a number of types. However, there is only one causative organism. The types of leprosy are:

Tuberculoid leprosy:

  1. It is mild less severe
  2. Very few patches
  3. Skin color becomes pale
  4. Only the affected patchy area of the skin feels numb and sensationless
  5. It is less communicable

Lepromatous leprosy:

  1. More severe than tuberculoid form
  2. Skin lesions that are multibacillary
  3. Numbness in the extremities
  4. Weakness and fatigue
  5. Testes atrophy
  6. Moreover, essential organs are affected like kidneys.
  7. More contagious

Borderline leprosy:

In this form of leprosy, the people suffer from both the forms of infections i.e. tuberculoid and lepromatous leprosy.

Causes of leprosy:

As discussed above it is a bacterial infection by mycobacterium leprae. This bacterial infection is grown invitro in organisms like armadillo and mice. Moreover, the infection is found in primates such as the chimpanzee.

How is leprosy spread?

About 95% of people exposed to such patients do not develop any symptoms. However, if you are in close contact with the person suffering, you might get it.

The leprosy infection is spread through fluids from mouth and nose. It is not spread sexually. Moreover, it is not transmitted from mother to child if the mother is patient.

Additionally, it is a curable disease with the use of multidrug therapy by doctors.

Home remedies for leprosy:

Turmeric :

Turmeric contains curcumin that is great for immunity and liver function. It also helps to fight away all the microbes and helps in inflammation. You can use turmeric for improving the quality of blood in the following way:

Take 1-2 tsp. of turmeric and add it to 1 cup of warm milk. You can also add sugar for sweetness. Drink this everyday instead of tea and you will notice that your health improves.

Lemon :

Lemon is great source of vitamin C. It helps in breakdown of fat and also eases the load on kidneys. The minerals and vitamins in the lemons help in purifying blood.

Ginger:

Ginger acts as anti- inflammatory agent. The ginger is great for purifying blood as it helps in improving health of the kidneys and liver.

You  can have ginger in the following way:

Take 1 inch of ginger and grate it to one cup of water. Boil this mixture and have this tea at least twice a day.

Ginger mask for leprosy lesions:

Take 1-2 tbsp. of ginger powder and add water or honey to it. Make a thick paste out of this mixture. Then apply this mixture on the skin and let it dry. It is very useful for leprosy lesions.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera gel has been used for ages for its activity on the skin and scalp hence used in leprosy. It also has a cooling effect, moisturizing effect and soothes the lesions on the skin. The gel also has the following properties:

antibacterial
antimicrobial
immune boosting activity
wound healing .

The anti bacterial and anti microbial effects  helps reduce the risk of skin infections associated with eczema.

Procedure:

Take a coin size amount of aloe Vera gel on your hands and apply directly over your inflamed, dry and scaly skin .

Aloe Vera gel is easily available anywhere . Try not to take aloe gel with the following additives: Alcohol, fragrances, preservatives and artificial colors.

You  should start with a small amount of gel. Sometimes, aloe Vera gel produces a burning sensation on skin lesions. It has no side effects .

Neem extract:

Neem is a great anti-microbial agent. It is used extensively used in ancient India for bathing purposes for antimicrobial effect. Neem is very effective topical agent  as it is a great anti-viral agent. It is used from ancient times in India to fight skin related problems. It cleans the skin from within and has an anti-bacterial effect.

However, it should strictly be used topically and must be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil etc.

Amla or Indian gooseberry:

Amla contains a lot of vitamin C. Make pickle or juice from Amla . You can use Amla in the following way:

Take Amla and extract its juice. Drink this juice by diluting with water.

It lowers diabetes. Moreover, it gives cooling effect and refreshes you.

You can have this drink early in the morning on empty stomach. Moreover, apply Amla juice on the lesions of leprosy. You can use Amla for leprosy in the following way:

Take few leaves of gooseberry and neem and  crush them to form paste. Then use this paste for lesions.

You can also make powder of this mixture and eat  it every morning alongside honey.

Tulsi or holy basil:

Holy basil is one of the main constituents in concoctions given to treat fever and many other ailments. It is a healing herb and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities.

Hence if you have three basil leaves everyday along with honey, you will notice that the condition improves.

Steps to make Tulsi concoction:

Take 3-4 Tulsi leaves and crush them. Then add them to one cup water and boil for some time. add some black pepper powder and honey to the mixture. Have this concoction at least twice and you should drink it hot.

For this , use Tulsi in the form of pack. You can crush the leaves of Tulsi and apply on the lesions for relief.

Mustard oil:

Apply mustard oil externally in the form of pack for relief from leprosy. Mustard oil has healing properties for this condition. Hence, massage this oil all over your body to help you get rid of leprosy.

Gotu kola:

Gotu kola is a herb which is popular in India for treatment of leprosy. Use Gotu kola juice to treat leprosy. For this you have to use a clean cloth. Dip this clean cloth into the Gotu kola juice and apply on the lesions. You can get gotu kola in the form of ointment as well as oil, use it for this.

Chaulmoogra oil:

It is the best herbal remedy for leprosy. Chaulmoogra oil helps to get rid of the pain and inflammation in leprosy. Use this oil by mixing it with lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your skin and let it be.

Adulsa or vasaka:

It is one of the most ancient herbs in India. You can use vasaka leaf extract internally as well as externally. Vasaka leaves can be applied externally. However, you can use it inside your body to get rid of ulcerations in leprosy.

Black pepper:

You can use black pepper in the following way:

Take 2 grams of black pepper and make it into powder. Then add it to some warm water and drink this mixture. You have to drink this mixture for 40 days for relief.

Camphor:

Take 58 ml of jasmine oil and add 10grms of camphor to it. Use this mixture to massage your skin. It helps to relieve you off the scratching sensation.

Arjuna bark:

The bark of arjuna is great for treatment of leprosy. You can use it in the following way:

Take some bark of arjuna tree and let it seep into hot water. Use this hot to warm water everyday for bathing for relief.

Pomegranate leaves:

Use pomegranate leaves in the form of mask for the lesions. Take some leaves and crush them to form a paste. Then apply this pomegranate leaves mask on the skin and let it dry.

It helps in treatment of leprosy.

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