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is leprosy a contagious disease?

can it be cured ? how long it takes to cure primary leprosy?

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  • 4 years ago
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    Leprosy is a bacterial infection.... therefore infectious. It spreads by droplet nuclei.... Means if a patient with leprosy coughs or sneezes and you manage to breathe in the same air.... You could get the infection....But the catch is.... Leprosy is manifested clinically only when your immunity goes down. So the incubation period (the time between the entry of organism in the body and manifestation of the disease) is very long (can be even as long as 20 years).

    Yes it can be cured. It takes about 6 -12 months of treatment (only oral medicines) and the person is cured. Treatment period depends on the type of leprosy.This can be determined by the doctor with clinical examination, a biopsy and skin smears.

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    4 years ago

    While it is contagious it's not that easy as it takes repeated contact with nose and mouth droplets another way some have caught it is through contact with armadillo's as they are carriers of the disease. Treatment is usually anti-biotics (sometimes steroids as well) for 6 months to a year.

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  • 4 years ago

    Leprosy is contagious, but not very contagious. It takes prolonged exposure to catch it, and some people never do catch it after many years of exposure.

    It is completely curable now, using antibiotics.

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