Our pharmacy staff usually deals with more common illnesses like colds, flu, and allergies. However, there are definitely some very unusual medical conditions in the world. We’re here to highlight of few of the stranger, and more rare, conditions you may not have even known about.
Methemoglobinemia & Argyria
Though these conditions are caused by two different reasons, the outcome is the same: blue skin. Yes, you read that correctly. Methemoglobinemia can be acquired or congenital, whereas argyria is a side effect from excessive exposure to silver dust.
Stone Man Syndrome
The human body is a very amazing thing that is capable of repairing injuries. However, a condition called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva causes the body to repairs itself too much. The condition causes normal injuries to calcify and become bone. Over time, the condition causes a person to become completely immobile.
Fish Odor Syndrome
Though the technical name is trimethylaminuria, the results are the same. The patient’s reproductive fluids, sweat, urine, and breath develop a strong scent. A buildup of trimethylamine causes patients to have a very strong, pungent odor similar to seafood. At this time, there is no known cure.
Imagine your muscles getting stuck in unusual positions. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes severe, painful muscles spasms. The patients’ limbs contort in odd positions. It’s also difficult for sufferers to find a comfortable position. Patients can obtain some relief with a combination of occupational therapy and medications.
Water is one of the most pure things on the planet. However, people who suffer from aquagenic pruritus experience painful, itching on their skin…when it comes in contact with water. The good news is that this condition is mostly topical. Antihistamines and anti-itch creams are often helpful in treating this condition.
Science is a fascinating and fantastic thing. Did you recognize any of these unusual medical conditions? All of us at MCP want to wish you a spectacularly spooky, hauntedly fun, and super safe Halloween.