WE know that snakes shed their skin to remove parasites and allow further growth. This ability allows them to become bigger than they were before. It’s a periodical occurrence that is natural and happens without any external influence.
But have you ever heard of a human being shedding their skin once a month? Probably not.
A 10-year-old boy from Ganjam district of Odisha suffers from a rare condition that leads to skin shedding every month. He was diagnosed with the super rare condition Lamellar Ichthyosis a few years ago. The condition causes the skin to form scales, dry out and eventually shed.
Jagannath sheds his skin every four to six weeks. Sometimes, his skin becomes so tight that he isn’t able to walk or go about his regular duties. In such times, he uses a stick to stretch out his limbs and move around.
Apart from skin shedding, the condition causes drying of the eyelids, body overheating and hair loss.
He tries hard to relieve his symptoms by covering himself in moisturiser every three hours. He also bathes frequently to minimise irritation. But all the effort goes in vain as his skin dries out fast.
A local dermatologist said Jagannath’s condition is not treatable. However, some doctors believe there is a cure. Unfortunately, Jagannath’s family can’t afford any other treatment.
“My son has suffered this disease since childhood, and there is no cure for it. I do not have enough money to take him for treatment and my heart breaks seeing him suffer from this cursed disease every day,” said Jagannath’s father, Prabhakar Pradhan,
Lamellar Ichthyosis is super rare and affects just one out of every 6,00,000 people in the world. Experts say the condition has different levels of severity but its not as bad as Jagannath’s.
Courtesy :- timesnownews.com