Jun 29, 2009
There are lots of rare skin diseases except the regular skin disease like acne, and most of these rare diseases are not completely characterized, even some rare skin diseases lack proper medical care. A greater cause for for these skin diseases is sensitivity to allergic substances. Below is a list of such rare skin diseases that are seen in humans.
Argyria: Blue Skin, a real-life Smurf
A condition caused by the ingestion of silver, the Argyria’s
most dramatic symptom is that the skin becomes blue or bluish-grey colored.
On 2008, ABC reporters interviewed
Paul Karason, 40 year-old who’s skin turned blue after he used colloidal silver to ease his ailments.
It started a decade ago, when he saw an ad in a new-age magazine promising health and rejuvenation through colloidal silver.
Karason sent away for a kit for making colloidal silver — a home brew of microscopic silver particles suspended in water.
For a while, he was drinking at least 10 ounces a day as a cure for arthritis.
“I had arthritis in my shoulders so bad I couldn’t pull a T-shirt off. And the next thing I knew, it was just gone.” he explained the media,
but these claims have no basis in science and after a couple of months, his whole skin turned blue.
“I kind of hoped it would fade off!” But it didn’t fade off. Argyria is permanent.
Human Pappiloma Virus: meet the Tree Man
After a severe Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) infection, Dede Koswara, a 35-year-old Indonesian fisherman, was dubbed the “tree man”
because of the gnarled warts all over his body. He first noticed the warts on his body after cutting his knee as a teenager. Over time, Dede was sacked from his job, deserted by his wife and shunned by neighbours as the horn-like extensions covered much of his body and stopped him working. He has two children.
After his case received widespread publicity, donations from the public and government help allowed him to get treatment, and in 2008, six kilos of warts were surgically removed from his body.
35 year-old Indonesian fisherman Dede has been afflicted by a rare disorder that has left his hands and feet looking as though they have roots growing out of them.
Hypertrichosis: the Human Werewolf Syndrome
Hypertrichosis is a medical condition that causes excessive growth of hair in areas where hair does not normally grow. It may be present over the entire body, or you could have it in only one or more areas. Some individuals will be born with the condition and others will develop it later on in life. Congenital Hypertrichosis is very rare. In fact, it is so rare that there have been only 50 verified cases since the Middle Ages.
On 2008, the press interviewed
Pruthviraj Patil, an 11-year-old indian boy who’s face and body are covered with hair.
He rarely leaves his home village in India because of the cruelty of strangers.
Pruthviraj’s family has tried homeopathy, traditional Indian Ayurvedic remedies even laser surgery without success,
and he’s now appealing to doctors to help him find a permanent cure since even after laser treatment the hair grows back.
Vitiligo: white patched skin
Vitiligo is a skin condition where the cells that make the pigment in your skin, the melanocytes, get destroyed.
This causes white patches to appear on your skin, and this disease may affect any area of skin. These patches also show up on yoiur mucous membranes and the retina of your eyes. Symptoms include white or gray hair on the patches, as well as the white patches on your skin, mucous membranes, and eyes.
The precise cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of auto-immune, genetic, and environmental factors. The population incidence worldwide is considered to be between 1% and 2%.
Vitiligo: Michael Jackson had vitiligo, which is a skin disorder disease. Vitiligo or Leucoderma is a skin problem could appears on the skin of people in every continent of the world like USA (United States of America), Asia, Europe etc. resulting from loss of pigment which produces white or patches.
Blaschko’s lines: strange stripes all over the body
An extremely rare and unexplained phenomenon of human anatomy, Blaschko’s lines were first presented in 1901 by German dermatologist Alfred Blaschko.
Neither a specific disease nor a predictable symptom of a disease, Blaschko’s lines are an invisible pattern built into human DNA. Many inherited and acquired diseases of the skin or mucosa manifest themselves according to these patterns, creating the visual appearance of stripes. The cause of the stripes is thought to result from mosaicism; they do not correspond to nervous, muscular, or lymphatic systems. What makes them more remarkable is that they correspond quite closely from patient to patient, usually forming a “V” shape over the spine and “S” shapes over the chest, stomach, and sides.
Tungiasis: fleas burrow into the skin and lay eggs
Tungiasis is a skin infestation of the Tunga penetrans flea, found in the tropical parts of Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America, and India.
This fleas burrow into the skin and lay eggs, creating a disease which is actually endemic in Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago, where in the 1980s the prevalence of tungiasis among children approached 40%.
Dermatographia: overly sensitive skin
Dermatographia is a rare condition where the skin is overly sensitive to minor injuries; even light scratches will cause it to become red and raised.
The person’s immune system exhibits hypersensitivity, via skin, that releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the skin’s surface is lightly scratched.
In 2008, Neatorama featured artist Ariana Page Russell, who decided to use her medical condition as the basis for art, with some amazing results.
Morris was born in Melbourne, Australia, at age 14, she was diagnosed allergic to water. Such symptoms are extremely rare in medical dermatology, scientific name is called “Aquagenic Urticaria”, only a few cases record of the world, Severe allergy to what extent? Even drink water the body will feel the same pain, like an explosion, followed by skin itching, redness and swelling. Every time such symptoms last approximately more than 2 hours. But in order to clean, Morris had to wash, also have to suffer the pain of allergies. Before the age of 14, Maurice very much like swimming. 14 years old, tonsil inflammation. Since then, she is allergic to water. “After that, whenever I swim or shower, the body will get rash.” Dermatologist Professor considered that using penicillin in treating inflamed tonsils, it has changed the concentration of histamine, resulting in “Aquagenic Urticaria” .
Recorded “Aquagenic Urticaria” is very rare, no one has been cured.
Because there is no cure, Morris, the only way to avoid allergies is to try to avoid or minimize touching with water. In addition, in order to avoid sweating, she has often stayed in air-conditioned room, and carry with an umbrella. Morris is also not too close with her boyfriend, because once boyfriend sweating, it can cause her allergies.
A bath is the most painful thing, Morris only dare to wash 1 minute each time to relieve suffering. “People do not believe someone would be allergic to water, they think I’m dirty, but I have been love to clean. ”
Neurofibromatosis – (Medicine)a tumour formed on a nerve cell sheath, frequently symptomless but occasionally malignant
Chinese “Elephant Man”
He is a patient of huge facial tumor, his life is suffering, but he is optimistic, cheerful and strong character. He takes care of his younger brother, manages family cornerstore, Playing poker with old mnn. He never felt the tragic fate, he is convinced that to be alive and happy. However, as the tumors continue to grow, living, his simple desire will be unable to achieve.
China’s “Elephant Man,” ChunCai Huang was recently performed second surgical operation in Guangzhou city, it will remove facial fibroma weighing 10 kg from his face, then he must get up the courage to face many surgeries. It is reported that the treatment process will be written papers, GuangZhou FuDa hospital has been invited to cooperate with a US hospital. “The treatment process has important research value.”
Huang Chun Cai: China’s largest “Elephant Man” , in the village, he was not regarded as a monster, but only a “sick child”, 31-year-old Huang was only 1.5 meters tall and more than 40 kilograms, his “elephant face”is over 15 kg or so- growing neurofibromatosis began to grow at the age of two years , usually, he must hold it, from the age of four, he did not leave the remote village.
He moves quickly, although his tumor becomes a huge obstacle to action, but he quickly went upstairs to the room for outsiders to rummage his childhood photos, it was 6-year-old family photo, the tumour is small. This photo is his most treasured possession, but it is moldy and blurry. It was probably the world’s largest tumor, the relatively backward medical conditions, isolated villages, and the poverty, He didn’t receive proper treatment for disease.
. With the advances in medical conditions, similar cases are also less likely to deteriorate to this point, so he might be “unprecedented.”
James O’Neal from Redmond, Washington suffers from the rare genetic condition neurofibromatosis which leaves him horribly disfigured.
O’Neal, who compares himself to the legendary Elephant Man doesn’t let his condition hold him back. He has worked for a leading American supermarket chain, and become a popular member of staff with customers and colleagues.
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