There are an unfortunate number of people currently living around the world who are experiencing some of the rarest, weirdest diseases known to man. Some of these are probably unheard of by many of you, but they do exist, and they are affecting the daily lives of those who are unlucky enough to have come down with the symptoms. There are treatments in some cases, but not all are so lucky. In fact, the majority have no known treatment and they still baffle doctors everywhere.
Exploding Head Syndrome
Exploding Head Syndrome sounds like something out of a bad horror movie, but it’s actually a serious disease affecting thousands around the world. Symptoms of the disease are what sounds like a bomb exploding, a gun firing off, a clash of cymbals, or another form of loud noise within one’s head while trying to sleep. There are no symptoms of pain, swelling or any other physical aspect, however. Individuals over 50 tend to be the most common recipients, but people as young as 10 have reported occurrences, too.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome sounds like something that was completely made up, but it isn’t, though it is named after the novel by Lewis Carroll. Symptoms include hallucinations, disorientation, dysmetropsia, or size distortion. Symptoms are common within childhood, but most grow out of it within their teens. Symptoms are not harmful and will disappear in time.
Necrotizing Fasciitis is a rare disease that is commonly known flesh-eating disease. This rare infection occurs within the deeper layers of skin and subcutaneous tissues. These people tend to receive intense pain and severe trauma. Skin becomes discolored and blistered, and a discharge of fluid is present. Surgery is the only way to remove the problem, unfortunately. Mortality rates are as high as 73 percent if left untreated.
Menkes Disease affects the level of copper within the body, leading to a deficiency. This recessive disorder is far more common within males, though females are capable of getting it too. Symptoms tend to begin later in childhood in rare cases. Weak muscle tone, sagging facial features, seizures, blue sclera, and brittle hair are the most common symptoms of Menkes. Treatment includes symptomatic and supportive, though injections of copper can benefit the patient.
Alien Hand Syndrome
Alien Hand Syndrome is an incredibly rare neurological disease that causes random hand movements without the individual knowing what is happening or having any control. The person can reach for objects and manipulate them without them knowing about it. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alien Hand Syndrome. Symptoms can be reduced and managed, however. Holding an object within the affected hand can help a great deal.
Lymphatic Filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is caused from a parasitic worm. Cases of the disease have no symptoms at first, though individuals ultimately develop massive amounts of swelling in the arms, legs, or genitals. Skin becomes thicker, and pain can occur. Treatment is available in some cases, including antibiotics to deal with infection.