The human body is an amazing creation. It can do amazing feats that science sometimes can’t explain. Some good and some bad. Just like these bizarre and shocking medical conditions. No one would have thought that these conditions exists and are even possible. These aren’t your average run-of-the-mill common colds or a simple cough. They’re so bizarre some of their names are so difficult to pronounce or have even no proper name. We just feel bad for the people afflicted with these conditions. Most of it doesn’t have a cure so we could only imagine the agony these people have to go through. Seeing these conditions makes you want to thank how lucky you are to be healthy. So the next time you pass by a stranger or see someone bizarre looking be kind, you don’t know the battle they’re going through.
Hypertrichosis is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body. Severe cases have been even called werewolf syndrome because their appearance is similar to the mythical werewolf. Shaving it off will only be temporary as the hair will just grow back. Several circus sideshow performers in the 19th and early 20th century had hypertrichosis and many of them worked as freaks wherein they were promoted as having distinct human and animal traits. But these two guys doesn’t seem to mind at all as they are all smiles for the camera.
Agent Orange or Herbicide Orange is one of the herbicides or defoliants used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. It is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides but was contaminated with an extremely toxic dioxin compound. The chemical was sprayed on crops, plants, and trees by U.S. military to destroy cover for guerrilla fighters. But it also contaminated the soil, water, and produce of the locals. The photos above are just some of the devastating health effects of the toxic compound. Even four decades after the war, the effects can still be traced.
Cotard Delusion or Cotard’s Syndrome is a rare mental illness where the afflicted individual believes that he is already dead or has lost their internal organs. Just like a walking corpse or zombie. A mild case is characterized by despair and self-loathing, and a severe case is characterized by intense delusions of negation and chronic psychiatric depression. The disorder can easily lead to unintentional suicides and oftentimes it is brought about by a brain injury and can result in people believing themselves to be immortal.
Cutaneous horns are unusual keratinous skin tumors with the appearance of horns, or sometimes of wood or coral. They are usually small and localized, but in very rare cases be much larger. Although often benign, they can also be malignant or premalignant. It is believed that exposure to radiation can trigger the abnormal growth but the real cause is still unknown. This is evidenced by a higher rate of cases occurring on the face and hands, areas that are often exposed to sunlight. Other cases have reported cutaneous horns arising from burn scars.
Epidermodysplasia verruciformis or also called Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia is commonly referred to as the tree man illness. It is an extremely rare genetic hereditary skin disorder associated with a high risk of carcinoma of the skin. The uncontrolled HPV infections result in the growth of scaly macules and papules, particularly on the hands and feet. The growths could be surgically removed but they’ll eventually come back. There is still no known cure for this rare disease.