In the era of increasingly sophisticated technology, myths about leprosy are still circulating in the community. There are those who call it a hereditary disease, there are also those who associate that this is a god’s curse. In fact, it’s not like that.
Leprosy is a skin disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. This disease is transmitted through direct contact with patients who have not been treated. Transmission can be through breathing and air.
Although contagious, there are still many people who underestimate this disease. As a result, untreated leprosy becomes a source of transmission to other people. Actually, the problem with leprosy is that it has spots and has no taste, so he considers it normal, even though if it is found late and the bacteria are active, they become a source of transmission.
Symptoms of leprosy there are several types depending on the location. The skin is characterized by white patches or red patches and numbness, sometimes in the form of lumps on the arms, face, body, and ears.
Meanwhile, the peripheral nerves are characterized by numbness in the palms and or soles of the feet with nerve damage, paralysis of the hands and feet, dryness, and no sweating.
It is better, if you see the above symptoms, immediately go to health services. If found early and treated immediately, leprosy is not synonymous with disability.