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There is no doubt that Skyrim is a game full of bother wonders and dangers for you find. While exploring, you will run across many dangerous encounters, and depending on how unlucky you are, you may contract one of the game's many diseases.

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For the most part, diseases are in the game to make your life harder, and if you don't cure them, your character will suffer from side effects such as reduced stamina recovery. To help you get a grasp on the diseases in Skyrim, the guide below breaks them all down and teaches you how to get rid of them

Skyrim Diseases

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There are quite a few diseases that you can contract when running around Skyrim. Most of them come from traps and animals, but a few can only be contracted from special enemies. Below is every disease in the game and what it will do to your character:

Disease Cause Effect
Bone Break Feaver
  • Traps
  • Bears
Stamina is reduced by 25 points.
Brain Rot
  • Traps
  • Hargravens
Magica is reduced by 25 points.
Ataxia
  • Traps
  • Frostbit Spiders
  • Skeevers
  • Slaughterfish
Locking picking is 25% harder.
Droops
  • Ash Hopper
Damage from one and two-handed is reduced by 15%.
Lycanthropy
  • Companions Quest Line
Turns your character into a werewolf; for a complete guide to being a werewolf, click here.
Black Heart Blight
  • Acquired in Dragonborn Expansion
Carry weight is reduced by ten points.
Sanguinare Vampiris
  • Vampires
  • Dawnguard Quest Line
Turns your character into a vampire; for a complete guide to Vampirism click here.
Rockjoint
  • Traps
  • Wolves
  • Foxes
  • Horkers
  • Bears
Melee weapon's effectiveness is reduced by 25%.
Rattles
  • Traps
  • Chaurus
You will gain back stamina 50% slower.
Witbane
  • Traps
  • Sabre Cat
You will gain back magica 50% slower.
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In addition to this, you can drink out of the Bloodspring that's added into the Dawnguard DLC for a chance to get any diseases aside from Lycanthropy.

How to Cure Diseases in Skyrim

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There are a variety of ways to cure most of the diseases above; here are all the ways you can cure diseases in Skyrim:

  • Potion of Cure Disease.
  • Cooking and Eating Garlic Bread.
  • Eating a Hawk Feather.
  • Interacting With Diety Shrines.
  • Going to the Temple of Mara.
  • Visiting the Vigilants of Stendarr.

Outside of vampirism, diseases are all pretty easy to get rid of. If you wish to cure vampirism, you will need to see Falion who is located in Markarth. Similarly, you must do the Companion quest line to cure Lycanthropy.

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