Leprosy | Treatment

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How is leprosy treated?

Leprosy is treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill all the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria in your body, but they can’t reverse nerve damage or deformities caused by leprosy. This is why early treatment is important. You may need to take antibiotics for 6 months or longer, depending on how severe your infection is.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/09

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