(Last Updated on : 15/04/2009)
Tuberculoid leprosy also known as paucibacillary leprosy is the mild form of leprosy. Early symptoms can include one or more light or slightly red patches of skin that appear on the trunk or extremities. This may be associated with a decrease in light-touch sensation in the area of the rash.
Other tuberculoid leprosy symptoms that can be included are mentioned below
Muscle weakness, especially in the hands and feet
Skin stiffness and dryness
Loss of fingers and toes
Eye problems, which lead to blindness
Enlarged nerves, especially those around the elbow i.e. ulnar nerveand knee i.e.
It is important to note that not all leprosy patients lose their fingers and toes. With early diagnosis and leprosy treatment, many of these symptoms can be prevented. Several patients with tuberculoid disease can even self-heal without benefit of treatment. In order to prevent problems with fingers or toes, people should avoid injury and infections to these areas and take their medicines as prescribed