You would think that there are not that many ‘unusual’ diseases in the world since the development of science, yet recent study has proven that they are more common than you can imagine.
Triggered by your genes, the environment or accidental exposure to poisons, Argyria, Hypertrichosis, Pica, Human Papillomavirus and Peyronies disease are conditions that any one of us can get.
Notably recognised by the doctors for causing the skin to turn a bluish grey, Argyria is caused by the exposure/consumption of elemental silver.
Mixed with fluids, many people choose to take elemental silver to help treat their sinuses and dermatitis. Despite its curative properties though long term exposure to this substance can affect your skin pigmentation and as a result turn your entire body blue.
Known by some as the ‘werewolf syndrome’, hypertrichosis is an overgrowth of hair in non-localised areas of the body, most commonly your face, arms, armpits, chest and legs.
In all circumstances this bodily hair growth exceeds normal expectations for these areas, and can appear in men and women of all ages.
Pica: A desire to eat anything and everything.
Although Pica is quite common in pregnant women, this obsessive compulsion to eat foods of non-nutritive qualities can appear in almost any one.
Some doctors have formed a very strong link between Pica and iron deficiencies, identifying specific cases where sufferers of low iron levels have exhibited signs of Pica.
Some of the most common cravings of Pica sufferers include: clay, coal, soil, faeces, chalk, paper, soap and even in some cases salt and blood.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Often transmitted through sexual intercourse, HPV can also be caught through cuts, scratches and exchanges of fluid. Once caught, HPV can result in one of two things, either the growth of warts on your feet, hands, face, knees and elbows, or the development of cancer within your anus, penis or vagina.
Believed to affect up to 4% of men, peyronies can occur in men of all ages, whether it is from birth, puberty or as a consequence of damage during sexual intercourse.
The Peyronies disease itself is characterised by a distinct penis curvature which is caused by a gradual build up of plaque or a hard lump on the corpus cavernosum. Although 12-13% of sufferers can experience natural correction in their penis over time, if left untreated, in 40-50% of peyronies disease cases patients can experience increased curvatures to their penis.
Now whilst some of the conditions listed above can be hard to cure or treat recent developments in traction devices, have witnessed positive results in helping peyronies patients.
Reputed to use a technique similar to that used in orthopaedic surgery, these penis stretching devices causes tissue cells within the penis to replenish resulting in significant reductions in penile curvatures and penis growths of up to 30%.