Limp, Dizziness, No Appetite Accompanied By Weight Loss During Leprosy Treatment?
Hello. I want to ask, my mother was positively affected by leprosy, said a local Puskezmas employee. After that, I consulted. The Puskesmas staff were given medicine but there was a change, then I consulted the doctor and given the medicine again. There has been no change. Please, what is the solution?
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Leprosy or Leprosy or Hansen's disease is a disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium leprae. This infection causes implications on the human body system, both the function of muscles, nerves, skin, airways, or breath. Complaints that are often found in leprosy patients can be:
1. pale and thick lesions on the skin
2. numbness of skin lesions
3. wounds that do not feel pain
4. enlarged nerves in the elbow and knee
5. fingers have abnormalities
6. Muscle weakness
The spread of leprosy is not known the exact mechanism, but prolonged direct contact or skin to skin contact can cause transmission of leprosy to healthy humans. In addition, coughing or sneezing from leprosy patients who are inhaled by healthy people can also cause transmission of this disease. To note, transmission of this disease is not easy, because it requires intense contact and takes years to the next 20 years.
The diagnosis is made by the presence of typical skin lesions in leprosy patients and leprosy bacteria is found on laboratory examination. Treatment is given for a long time ranging from 6 months to 2 years, with rifampicin, dapsone, and clofazimin; according to the standard standard of leprosy treatment in Indonesia.
In connection with your question, if your parents have been diagnosed with leprosy and feel accompanying complaints in the form of decreased appetite, weakness, headaches, dizziness, and decreased body weight, it is likely caused by the process of treatment and care and your physical condition is decreasing. Some medications your mother consumes have side effects such as those experienced by your mother, so maintaining physical condition, maintaining rest, and regular control to the doctor are expected to help reduce complaints experienced by your mother.
Because the process of treating leprosy is long, and during treatment, your mother will experience side effects of the drug; then your mother should pay attention to several things, such as avoiding spicy foods, instant foods, coconut milk, coffee, fried or oily foods and foods that are too salty or contain lots of MSg to prevent digestive disorders that might interfere with the treatment process.
And discuss with the doctor who treats your mother to get your mother's care at home so that you and your family can provide support during this period of treatment.
Thus the info we can convey.