Weirdest Diseases and Medical Conditions You Never Knew Existed
You’re a nurse. You like to think you’re tough. Yes, you know a lot of things. Yes, you’ve experienced a lot of dreadful situations. Your eyes have seen a lot of disgusting things about a dozen times more than those who do not belong to the healthcare profession, but have you really seen every gruesome disease/health conditions there is? Think you’ve seen it all? Then you might just be wrong. Below are some of the weirdest diseases and medical conditions you might have never even seen or heard off. Are you ready?
- Tree Bark Skin Disorder
You’ve seen people go all loco just to get rid of a single wart, well what about when your whole body is covered in them?
Epidermodysplasia verruciformisis an immune deficiency and a failed human response to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Type 2. More commonly known as the tree bark skin disorder, it is a hereditary skin disorder in which skin growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) spread out of control.
One of the most severe cases is that of Dede Koswara, an Indonesian Man who has been called “Tree Man”. 95% of his warts were removed in 2008, but most of them grew back, making it clear that he will require 2 surgeries a year for the rest of his life to keep them at bay.
- Bodies turned to stone
Fibrodysplasiaossificans progressive, is an extremely rare condition wherein there is a mutation of the body’s repair mechanism, which then causes muscle, tendons and ligaments to ossify when damaged.
Operations do not seem to be an option for people with this condition as doing such on their injuries will only cause additional bone growth. In the most extreme cases, patients may be rendered completely immobile within decades.
- Alien Hand Syndrome
Nope this ain’t fictional, for people who have this condition, their hand does have a mind of its own. The so-called ‘alien’ hands undo buttons, manipulate tools and even grope people without the awareness of those to whom the hands are attached. The individual affected has full sensation in the hand, however, it seems ‘possessed’.
This is caused by a separation of the lobes of the brain whether through injury or surgery, and there’s no cure other than to distract the rowdy hand with an object to handle.
- Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
You don’t have to follow the rabbit into the hole to experience a whole new world. The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is a temporary condition that affects our perception of the world around us. Here, objects appear much small or larger than they should, take for example, dogs the size of mice, or ladybugs as big as a house.
Doctors believe that it may involve the brain’s occipital lobe, which controls visual information. It may also be at times associated with migraines and often occurring at the edge of sleep, the disturbances affect sense of size, depth and even time.
- Walking Corpse Syndrome
Braiiinnss. Braaiinns. This would just be like being put in the cast of the Walk of the Dead. Those with Cotard’s Syndrome are convinced that they have died or lost some vital part of the body, but are still aware and walking the earth. This is a mental illness that can sometimes be brought about by a brain injury. In very rare cases, people with Walking Corpse Syndrome believe they’re immortal and begin testing that theory, resulting in suicide.
- Human Werewolf Syndrome
To wax? To shave? Or to get a laser treatment?
Severe Hypertrichosis, also known as the human werewolf syndrome, is a condition in which hair grows profusely in all sorts of unusual places. This excessive hair growth all over the body grows back even after laser treatments. Only about 50 living people are currently known to have this condition.
- Blue Skin Disorder
Feeling blue? More like looking blue.
Methemoglobinemia is a rare blood disorder wherein the blood is less oxygenated and appears blue rather than red through the skin. But in some cases, people get a strange blue tinge to their skin even without this condition, such as in the case of argyria, a blue skin disorder associated with consumption of the health supplement colloidal silver.
- Vampire Disease
Nope, this ain’t the sparkly vampire, Edward, you’ve come to know.
The Vampires disease or Porphyriais a set of genetic disorders in which an important part of hemoglobin called heme is not made properly which means there is malfunction of the hemoglobin production. People suffering from it face symptoms manifested by mythological vampires: their skin is sensitive to sunlight, their urine is reddish to purplish in color, the gums are shrunk making the teeth look more prominent and canine-like and they have an adverse reaction to garlic. Other major symptoms include abdominal pain or cramping (only in some forms of the disease), problems with the nervous system and muscles (seizures, mental disturbances, nerve damage).