10 Weirdest Diseases

November 12, 2012

10 Weirdest Diseases

We all have a morbid fascination with weird diseases, horrible illnesses and the worst possible medical conditions. We want all the gory details which fascinate and terrify us in equal measures and below are the 10 weirdest diseases. Werewolf Syndrome Human werewolf syndrome shows as dark, hairy patches on the face. It is so called because people who suffer from this disease resemble werewolves without the sharp teeth and claws.

Walking Corpse Syndrome This is a condition of mental depression and experiencing suicidal thoughts where the person is of the belief they have died and everything has been lost, part of their body, their whole body, all their possessions have gone, and also thinking they are actually a walking corpse. The person can believe he can feel worms on and under their skin, along with smelling their flesh which they believe to be rotten. This experience happens through suffering sleep deprivation and amphetamine/cocaine psychosis. As the person is under the impression they are dead they often have the illusion they will live forever.

Jumping Frenchman Disorder Someone who suffers from this bizarre disease would react in a very weird manner if they get a shock or a fright. Their behavior would not appear to be normal. Whirling their arms around and shouting out and repeating certain words would not be considered unusual for someone with Jumping Frenchman Disorder.

Elephantiasis We are aware of this weird disease as most of us have seen photographs of people with lymphatic filariasis aka elephantiasis. Symptoms which can be seen are severely enlarged or swollen arms and legs and extremely enlarged genitalia and breasts. The source of the disease is parasitic worms, including Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and B. timori which are spread by mosquitoes. Approximately 120 million people in the world are affected by lymphatic filariasis and from this 40 million are seriously infected. If bitten by a female mosquito a worm larvae called a microfilariae, may be inserted into the blood. It can take years for symptoms of this disease to appear. These microfilarias reproduce and spread through the blood where they can stay for years and symptoms can take as long to appear. The circulation can be restricted and fluid builds up in the surrounding tissues as the parasites accumulate in the blood vessels.

Blue Skin Disorder In the area around Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, there was a large family in the 1960s that were known as the “blue people”, the blue Fugates. The majority lived past aged 80 with no serious illness or diseases apart from blue skin. The characteristic was passed down via generations. People with this condition have blue, plum, indigo or nearly purple skin.

Progeria A small defect in the child’s genetic code causes Progeria which is a disease that is devastating and life changing. It is not unusual for a child born with progeria to die before reaching the age of 13. This disease causes the body to jump through the normal aging process and go straight to old age and physical indications can include premature baldness, thinning of the bones, heart disease and arthritis. Approximately 48 people in the world are living with this very rare disease, but there is a family who has 5 children with progeria.

Pica This is a disease where people have a great urge to eat non-food materials like paper, dirt, chalk, coal, glue and clay, and no cause or cure for this disease has ever been found however it is thought to be associated with a mineral deficiency.

Vampire Disease People who suffer from this weird disease have to stay out of sunlight or their skin will develop blisters. Some people experience the blistering effect and pain the minute their skin feels the sun. Although technically not vampires, the disease does have similarities to vampire like behavior. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome Also known as micropsia, this is a neurological condition whereby your perception of space, time, and body image are warped. A person who suffers with AIWS views objects a lot smaller than they actually are. Objects can look as if they are very close and far away simultaneously. This syndrome is also known as Lilliput sight or hallucinations after the characters in Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. It is the brain’s understanding of the information which is flawed not the eye itself.

Blaschko’s Lines This is a very unusual disease with no real explanation as to why these strange stripes appear over the body. It is so called Blaschko’s lines after a German dermatologist; Alfred Blaschko saw it in 1901.

The stripes are not related to the nervous, muscular or lymphatic systems. General opinion seems to be the stripes are a consequence of mosaicism. It is not classed as a disease or an indication of a disease. The lines are an invisible syndrome inbuilt into human DNA. Another unusual fact about Blaschko’s lines is although there are many people with this disease; the shapes/designs are very similar with most people showing an S shape on their chest, stomach and sides and a V shape on the spine.

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