Monday, February 2, 2015

Five Horrific Human Afflictions

You know how I feel about posting horrible things. I like to keep you informed, what can I say?  If I could think of ten conditions that I definitely could do without, these would be it!

Pica - Pica is a pattern of eating non-food materials, such as dirt or paper. You really have no control over it. Have you ever watched "My Strange Addiction"? Its like that like the lady who has to eat pieces of tire or if you feel the need to ingest multitudes of toilet paper or drink nail polish and you can never get your fill.

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever(s) - a diverse group of illnesses that are a result of usually the following virus causing pathogens.... Arenaviridae, Filoviridae, Bunyaviridae, Flaviviridae, and Rhabdoviridae. These horrible fevers are evidenced by fever and bleeding, often from the eyes, mouth, and butt. Its not unlikely that they will kill you such as Ebola, but sometimes they aren't deathly, but they still suck!

    Lesch–Nyhan Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder caused by a lack of the enzyme HGPRT, produced by mutations in the HPRT gene on the X chromosome. The deficiency causes a build-up of uric acid in body fluids. This results in gout and significant kidney issues.  Neurological symptoms include poor muscle control, moderate intellectual disability ticks, involuntary writhing, and repetitive movements in the arms and legs.  A horrifying aspect of LNS are the self-mutilating behaviors that manifest as a result such as severe lip and finger biting.  You essentially eat yourself sometimes.   Because a lack of HGPRT causes the body to poorly process and use vitamin B12, some may develop megaloblastic anemia.

      Harlequin Ichthyosis - A genetic disorder that affects the skin, those born with this affliction come into the world with a hard, thick skin covering their bodies. The skin forms large, diamond-shaped plates that are separated by deep cracks.   These skin abnormalities affect the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and limit movement of the arms and legs. Restricted movement of the chest can lead to breathing problems and respiratory failure.  The skin is supposed to create a protective shield between the body and its environment. The skin abnormalities associated with the disorder disrupt this barrier, making it more difficult for those affected to control water loss, regulate body temperature, and fight infections. Infants with harlequin ichthyosis often experience an excessive loss of fluids (dehydration) and develop life-threatening infections in the first few weeks of life.
        Myiasis - the parasitic infestation of the body by maggots that grow inside you while feeding on your living tissue. Although flies are usually attracted to open wounds, some species (the botfly, blowfly, and screwfly) can create an infestation on unbroken skin and have even been known to use mud and houseflies as vector agents for their parasitic larvae.