Diseases are biological infections that cause negative effects when contracted. Symptoms usually include lowered attributes or skills. Diseases are contracted when fighting creatures, the undead, or even people. Common diseases such as Collywobbles and Astral Vapors can be contracted simultaneously. Contracted diseases can be viewed in the "Active Effects" section of the Character Menu.

By gameEdit


Main article: Cure Disease

The afflicted person remains diseased until it is cured. There are several methods for curing diseases, these include:

In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, consuming Mandrake Root is recommended above other methods. They are much cheaper than potions of cure disease, weigh less, and raise the Alchemy skill when consumed. They can be found in most shops carrying Alchemy ingredients.


Main article: Resist Disease

Argonians, Bosmer, vampires, and werewolves harbor a natural resistance to disease. Apparel can be enchanted to increase disease resistance. Although these methods may garner 100% resistance, it is still possible to contract some diseases. For example, if fighting a swarm of rats for a sustained period of time, then diseases such as Feeble Limb can still be contracted.


Unless the ingredient has either "Cure Disease" or "Resist Disease" as its first effect, the ingredients must be combined with related ingredients via alchemy to make a potion with the effect.

Ingredients that can cure diseaseEdit

Ingredients that can resist diseaseEdit

Types of diseaseEdit

Disease The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ash Woe Blight GA Icon
Ash-chancre GA Icon
Astral Vapors GA Icon
Ataxia GA Icon GA Icon GA Icon
Black-Heart Blight GA Icon GA Icon
Blood Lung GA Icon
Blood Rot GA Icon
Bone Break Fever GA Icon GA Icon
Brain Fever GA Icon
Brain Rot GA Icon GA Icon
Brown Rot GA Icon GA Icon
Caliron's Curse GA Icon
Cannibal's Prion GA Icon
Chanthrax Blight GA Icon GA Icon
Chills GA Icon GA Icon
Cholera GA Icon
Chrondiasis GA Icon
Collywobbles GA Icon GA Icon
Consumption GA Icon
Corprus GA Icon
Dampworm GA Icon GA Icon
Dementia GA Icon
Droops GA Icon GA Icon GA Icon
Feeble Limb GA Icon
Greenspore GA Icon GA Icon
Helljoint GA Icon GA Icon
Leprosy GA Icon
Lycanthropy GA Icon GA Icon
Plague GA Icon
Porphyric Hemophilia GA Icon GA Icon
Rattles GA Icon GA Icon GA Icon
Red Death GA Icon
Red Rage GA Icon
Rockjoint GA Icon GA Icon GA Icon
Rust Chancre GA Icon GA Icon
Sanguinare Vampiris GA Icon
Serpiginous Dementia GA Icon GA Icon
Shakes GA Icon
Stomach Rot GA Icon
Swamp Fever GA Icon GA Icon
Swamp Rot GA Icon
Ticklebritch GA Icon
Tunnel Cough GA Icon
Typhoid Fever GA Icon
Witbane GA Icon GA Icon GA Icon
Witches' Pox GA Icon
Wither GA Icon GA Icon
Witless Pox GA Icon
Wizard Fever GA Icon
Wound Rot GA Icon
Yellow Fever GA Icon
Yellow Tick GA Icon GA Icon

Both vampirism and lycanthropy usually prevent the contraction of other diseases. An exception to this rule is that lycanthropy may still be contracted by an individual afflicted with Pyphoric Hemophilia, which cures the infected individual of vampirism. Also, in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, other diseases may, very rarely, be contracted by a werewolf.


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