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See the effects of leprosy

What does leprosy looks like in reality?

Leprosy can look different from one case to the next.

Take a look at our gallery below to see some examples

Leprosy Skin Patches

The patches are a different colour from the rest of the skin. They have no feeling if they are touched. If you notice a patch of skin like this, speak to a health worker as soon as you can.

Photo credit: © Ruth Towell

Photo credit: © Ruth Towell

Muscle weakness or paralysis

Weak/paralysed muscles in the hand can cause the fingers to claw (curl)

Weakness/paralysis of the muscles in the leg mean the foot can't be lifted up

Weakness/paralysis of the muscle around the eye means that the eye cannot be closed.