The strangest things can happen to the human body. We have a long list of strange and unusual medical conditions, but there are some that really take the cake with just how bizarre they are. Here are five medical conditions that sound straight out of fiction.
1. Auto-Brewery Syndrome
While extremely rare, there are people in the world who live with a disease where their own gastrointestinal yeasts ferment and convert common food carbs into ethanol, which then leads to them essentially being drunk. Just eating certain foods can cause them to become extremely intoxicated, and has even lead to mistaken DUIs and other social mishaps.
CIPA sufferers cannot feel pain. While this may sound like a superpower at first, there are many cases of these individuals seriously burning or cutting themselves and not even realizing it until a lot of damage has been done.
3. Cotard’s Syndrome
Closely related to other psychotic conditions, Cotard’s Syndrome is a mental illness also known as Walking Corpse Symptom. Those afflicted with this bizarre condition believe that they are actually dead, no longer exist, or even that they’re actively rotting away.
Pica is a dangerous eating disorder in which individuals feel compelled to eat things that are typically unsafe for digestion. Examples are hair, paint, sharp objects, stones, glass, and there are even other more unique examples that are found as research continues.
5. Treeman Syndrome
This syndrome, medically labeled Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, is an extremely rare condition where individuals are highly susceptible to HPVs of the skin. These infections then lead to scaley, bark-like growths and papules, particularly on the hands and feet. The bizarre result ends up with people looking almost as if they are human-tree mutations.