The 10 Grossest Things That Can Grow On Your Body Diseases / Medical Conditions
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The 10 Grossest Things That Can Grow On Your Body

Warning: the following shocking, graphic images make H1N1 look like a case of the sniffles. These gruesome and gory conditions include conditions that are both treatable and untreatable with the help of modern medicine. These horrific medical conditions range from slightly debilitating to life threatening and rank high on the things you don't want to see happen to your body at any point in your life.

What are the worst things that can grow on the human body? What flesh diseases are treatable? This list of physical diseases highlights some of the terrible things that affect the human body and what can be done to treat them. In some cases, there is no cure for these conditions, only options for treatment. Fortunately, many of these conditions have long since been suppressed into remission and are not as often seen in most parts of the world, though many of these infectious diseases do still exist.

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    Approximately 95% of people are naturally immune to leprosy, which appears to spread person-to-person by nasal droplets. It is most common in places where living conditions are considered poor and substandard. Skin legions are the first signs of the affliction which, left untreated, can cause permanent damage to the eyes and limbs of the body.

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    Flesh Eating Disease

    Clinically known as necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh eating disease is an infection that travels across the subcutaneous tissues and lower layers of skin, destroying the healthy tissues as it spreads. The disease typically affects those with already compromised immune systems (those debilitated with cancer or other chronic diseases) and is caused by organisms normally found on the skin.

    Treatment early on in the infection is largely guesswork, with antibiotics being administered as soon as there is suspicion of the disease. A high incident of suspicion will lead to surgery and, in extreme cases, amputation.

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    Skin Shedding

    Clinically known as Harlequin Ichthyosis, this severe genetic disorder, which mainly affects the skin, is only found amongst infants. The most common cause of death is systemic infection, and sufferers rarely survive for more than a few days.

    The skin develops hard, diamond-shaped keratin scales all over the body, inhibiting the baby's movement. Where skin should fold, it hardens and cracks instead, leaving the baby vulnerable to fatal infections. Additionally, most babies born with Harlequin Ichthyosis are deformed, their body parts being underdeveloped or not existing at all.
    There have, however, been improvements in care, most notably the drug Isotretinoin (Isotrex). Some patients have survived into adolescence and, in very rare cases, lived to adulthood.

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    Ringworm is not actually caused by a worm, but by a fungal infection that can affect numerous places on the body, including the feet (athlete's foot), hands, legs, face, and groin. The fungus thrives in moist, warm areas such as pools, locker rooms, and folds of the skin. It can also be transferred via towels, clothing, and sports equipment. The condition is treated most commonly with an anti-fungal ointment, with oral medications administered in more extreme cases.

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    Improper oral health is to blame for the most common forms of gingivitis, the destruction of the gums due to the presence of bacterial plaque and the body's response to it. When the reaction proves calamitous, bleeding, redness, soreness, and halitosis (bad breath) can all occur in the mouth.

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    Legions and sores are the most common visible symptoms of the herpes virus, which can be present in both the oral and genital regions. Most commonly passed by contact with a sore or through the bodily fluid of an infected person, there is no cure for the disease, which oscillates between active and remission states.

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