Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms?

The symptoms of Buruli ulcer include:

  • Swelling of the skin
  • Destroyed skin and soft tissue
  • One or more slow growing, generally painless ulcers

People who are sick should see a doctor and get antibiotics (medicine that can help stop the disease).

If these antibiotics are not given soon after getting sick, the disease can sometimes lead to:

  • Deformity
  • Functional disability (such as limited joint movement)
  • Bone infection
  • Secondary bacterial infection of skin ulcer lesions

Image of buruli ulcer growing.