Strange Malady
Woman's Era|April 2021
Mysterious diseases you never knew existed.
Shalini Bhardwaj

Have you ever thought that a relaxing bath can cause burning pain all over the body or a burst of deep laughter could literally be fatal? No, this is not a bizarre jest, but an unpleasant reality for few people, a kind of rare disease. The world is a queer place and many medical conditions can throw people for a loop.

Rare diseases also referred to as orphan diseases, are mostly genetic diseases and appear early in life. These diseases affect a small percentage of the population all over the world and remain present throughout the person’s entire life. Unfortunately, there is still no definite cure for most of these diseases. Many of us are not aware that the last day of February each year is marked as Rare Disease Day to raise awareness among the public, policymakers, researchers, and health professionals about these diseases and empathise them with people who are affected by these diseases.

Here are eight strange diseases you never knew existed:

1.Alice in the wonderland syndrome

Alice in Wonderland syndrome also known as Todd’s syndrome is a rare condition that temporarily changes how the brain perceives things.

The syndrome associated with migraine headaches is named after Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in which the protagonist, Alice, experiences the same kind of situations to those that occur to the sufferers of this syndrome. This rare neurological disorder is characterized by distortions of visual perception, body image, and the experience of time. As sufferers may see things smaller than they are, feel their body size altered. The individual also loses a sense of time and some experience strong hallucinations (visualising things that are not there). The condition, also known as micropsia or Lilliput sight, can also affect the sense of hearing and touch. Most common perceptions occur at night. The syndrome can affect people at any age, but it mainly occurs in children and adolescents. The episodes of AIWS are temporary and generally considered harmless in nature.

2.Water allergy

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine


Swish Burn Love

It’s not pretty, and it’s not sweet: how brown Listerine became no. 1 in Americans’ hearts and mouths

6 mins read
Reader's Digest US
March 2021


Pet Allergies? Get the Facts on the Best Way to Cope

3 mins read
Central Florida Health News
March 2021

Gluten and dairy restriction:OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER!

When children experience respiratory, digestive, behaviour, or other health challenges, many parents naturally seek out dietary solutions. Unfortunately, the prevailing confusion in this area provides fertile ground for misconceptions and counterproductive dietary fads. Among contemporary trends, avoiding gluten and/ or dairy products are two of the most popular. Does taking your children off gluten or dairy really help? Do such recommendations rest upon fallacy or fact? As it turns out, though born of legitimate concerns, the impulse to discontinue gluten or dairy products is generally misguided, and may distract parents from truly important steps that can help kids to eat right, grow, and thrive.

5 mins read
Delight Gluten Free
October 2020

How to Pick Omega-3 Supplements

Liquids, capsules, or gummies? High- or low-dose? And what about vegan options? Here’s what you need to know

3 mins read
Better Nutrition
March 2020

Do You React to Corn?

This common veggie is hidden in multitudes of food products, and if you’re sensitive to it, you can experience everything from rashes and abdominal pain to cravings and binge-eating

3 mins read
Better Nutrition
March 2020

Why Are Allergies On The Rise?

According to the european academy of allergy and clinical immunology, more than 150 million europeans suffer from chronic allergic diseases—and they predict that by 2025, half of the entire eu population will be affected. But why are allergies on the increase, and how can we stop them developing further?

6 mins read
Reader's Digest UK
February 2020

11 Things You Didn't Know About... Medicines

Self-treating? Get clued up on taking over-the-counter pills and remedies

4 mins read
December 30, 2019

Healthy Skin Healthy Horse

Learn how to give your horse a healthy glow with a back-to-basics skin-care routine.

9 mins read
Horse and Rider
Fall 2019

World Of Medicine: Steam Shrinks Enlarged Prostate

The prostate tends to grow over time, causing about a third of older men to experience weak urine flow, a frequent need to urinate at night, and other symptoms.

4 mins read
Reader's Digest US
May 2019

Allergic To Exercise? Really?

This is certainly not a certified health column! But an informative piece on what happens to some individuals when they exercise. Interesting it is, but not an excuse not to exercise! Some allergic reactions can get triggered by exercise. The Lifestyle Journalist Gaurav Goswami tells you in detail

3 mins read
The Lifestyle journalist
September 2018