10 Scariest Diseases in the World

10 Scariest Diseases in the World


Gingerfeed Presents 10 Scariest Diseases In
The World Number One: Elephantiasis is one of those
classic terrifying diseases, which causes massive thickening of the skin and underlying
tissue, usually effecting the legs and male genitalia. Your scrotum can swell to the size
of a basketball, which is not a sexy sight, I assure you. Like so much wrong with the
world, it’s caused by a worm, its symbiotic bacteria and a mosquito. That’s right, those
flying bastards can give you the parasite that’ll permanently destroy your lower half.
Thankfully, this is one of those horrible, horrible disease that we’re actually beating,
and it’s predicted to be all but eradicated by 2020. Number Two: Pica is odd in that it’s a psychological
disorder where people eat non-nutritious things constantly. Screws, chalk, mud, all sorts
of things are devoured, but the cause is mental rather than a batshit virus or parasite causing
them to act that way. At least in some forms they obsess over eating unusual food ingredients
like raw flour, which I suppose is better than nails. See that photo just above? That’s
the contents of the stomach of one patient in a psychiatric ward. That’s how bad it
can get. It’s incredibly poorly understood what causes it, and the treatments are likewise
nebulous and poorly defined. Number Three: Madura foot, also known as Eumycetoma,
is a chronic fungal disease of the foot. This isn’t anything pussy like athlete’s foot,
this is an entire fucking tropical ecosystem established on your extremities. You get the
fungal infection from working on farm fields, where the spores spread from the soil to open
cuts on your feet, where they quietly take root, and don’t cause any pain, just some
milky discharge, for up to a year. Then BAM enormous pus filled nodules all over your
fucking feet…all the way down to the bone. There’s no vaccine or real cure for the
disease, leaving the treatment to antifungals or amputation if they don’t work. Number Four: Another fucking horrible parasite,
but what makes this one even worse is the simple fact that it can live in your eye.
Just…what? Why? Oh god, why would the universe create something as purely evil as a fucking
parasite that lives in your fucking eyeball? Even worse, there are some leeches which will
latch onto your eyeball. You know what’s super fucking creepy about the Filarial worm?
It’s so common that it’s the second most common cause of blindness in the world. That
means it happens to a fuckton of people. My eyes are itching just thinking about it. Number Five: Okay, what does fecal vomiting
sound like it is? Congratulations, you’re right. There are situations where you will
literally vomit up fecal matter. How fun is that? What usually happens is that there’s
an intestinal block of some kind, so the mushed up food can’t go all the way through the
system. Instead it starts to back up, slowly pushing its way back into the stomach, where
your body tries to get rid of it. And the only way out is up. You vomit up stuff that
isn’t technically feces, but smells (and I bet tastes) exactly the same, because it’s
partly digested food stuffs. Yay, the body. Number Six: Cutaneous horns are technically
tumors, but seem to be more signs of satanic possession than anything else. It’s a tumor
that causes horns to grow out your skin — which is even creepier because how in the hell do
we even possess the mechanisms to grow horns? Hair, teeth, nails, all that stuff is already
in the body, so when a tumor causes it, it makes some sense. But fucking horns? Well,
technically it’s keratin, the same stuff as fingernails, but it’s still fucking creepy.
And they don’t know what causes it, but they think it’s linked to HPV and radiation.
Mmmm…sexually transmitted radioactive disease. Nice. Luckily you can just chop them off at
regular intervals. Number Seven: Cancrum Oris, commonly called
Noma, is gangrene of the face, and for some reason it seems to hit kids more often than
adults. More than 80% of those affected by the disease die, as it eats away at the tissue
and musculature around their jaws. What causes it? It’s an opportunistic infection that
likes to hop on board in situations where people are malnourished, have unclean drinking
water, poor dental hygiene, and live in close proximity to farm animals. So pretty much
anywhere unconscionably poor. What’s even worse is that it’s especially prevalent
in the immuno-compromised, like HIV+ kids growing up in southern Africa. Ain’t life
grand? Number Eight: You have to feel sorry for the
sufferers of Trimethylaminuria or fish odor syndrome. It’s exactly what it sounds like
— a permanent pathological scent of rotting fish clings to your body. It’s actually
linked to your metabolism, which interferes with the body’s ability to break down break
down trimethylamine — which builds up and is excreted through saliva, sweat and urine.
And that shit stinks bad! It’s incurable, recessive, and still around. I suppose at
that point, you might as well become a fishmonger, and just blame it on the business. Number Nine: Guinea worm disease, aka Dracunculiasis,
is one of those horrible, horrible stories that people tell you about travelling to third
world nations — in fact, it’s one of the most commonly bandied tales of woe. First,
you swallow the baby worm with dirty water, at which point it happily chills out in your
digestive tract for a year, before metamorphosing into something much nastier. It then migrates
to a limb — usually a food — and forms a large and incredibly painful blister. You
know how they get it out? They fish out one end, and pull it out slowly over the course
of days or weeks of agony. You try and pull it out too fast, and it snaps, recoiling into
the body to live again. Number Ten: So, it turns out we all have Blaschko’s
Lines, but they’re invisible under normal conditions, until they show up due to a bunch
of different disorders that can cause the pigmentation on your skin to change. The lines
show up as a v-shape on the back, an s-shape on the front, and weird wavy lines all over
your head. They think the lines are formed from where the embryonic cells are transported
in utero, but the weirdest thing is there are more than nine different diseases that
can cause you to be striped like a freaking zebra. Alright Thank You Another Amazing Video! And
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