How can Hansen's disease affect my body?

The bacteria that cause Hansen's disease prefer the cooler parts of the body, hence they affect the skin and its nerves. This can cause dryness and stiffness of the skin. In some cases, affected nerves can swell, causing pain. There can be loss of feeling and weakness in the muscles of the hands or feet.
This answer is based on source information from  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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