Symptoms of HD
It can take 3 to 5 years after infection with the bacteria for leprosy symptoms to appear. The symptoms do vary based on the type of leprosy that has infected the host. In general skin lesions from light rashes to harsh ulcerations can occur. Because the bacteria attacks the peripheral nerves individuals can feel muscle weakness in the extremities, stiff and dry skin, swollen nerves usually visible around the knee or elbow and vision problems. Once again, depending on the type of leprosy the facial skin can thicken, the nose may collapse or feel stuffy and often bleed. The patient may suffer from laryngitis or swollen lymph glands. The testes can become so scarred they render the patient infertile. Men may also experience breast growth. Afflicted individuals may also suffer from amyloidosis and arthritis. It is not uncommon to lose toes or fingers.