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Treatment

Hansen's disease is easily treatable. It’s treated for 6 months to 2 years with a combination of antibiotics.

If you are treated for Hansen’s disease, it's important to:

  • tell your doctor about any potential nerve damage take extra care to prevent injuries that may occur (especially if you experience numbness or a loss of feeling in certain parts of the body).
  • take the antibiotics until your doctor says treatment is complete (otherwise you may get sick again)

In the U.S., people with the disease may be treated at special clinics run by the National Hansen's Disease Program.

The Program receives Federal funds to run 11 clinics in 7 states and Puerto Rico. The clinics provide medical care for the diagnosis and treatment of Hansen's disease-related conditions.

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