Vampires in Our Reality: From Symptoms to their Treatment
Every bit of science fiction has some basis in reality and vampires are no exception, especially when a genetic disease known as ectodermal dysplasias currently exists. These are no blood-sucking, melting under the sun type of vampires though. Nor is it the syndrome Turkish scientists had published about, not to mention the new fad of teen biting during love-making. They are simply people who are born with certain conditions that mark them as rather vampiric.
Sounds incredible, to be sure. Absolutely unbelievable. Does not seem real. You are not the only one who thinks thus.
This form of vampire syndrome affects one's nails, hair, sweat glands and teeth. Having abnormal instances in any two or more of these areas often has the child diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasias. It is most definitely a genetic disorder, though the parent need not have it to pass to he child. According to National Organization for Rare Diseases, the 154 different types of the disorder "are a group of hereditary, non-progressive syndromes in which the affected tissue derives primarily from the ectodermal germ layer. The skin, its derivatives, and some other organs are involved. A predisposition to respiratory infections, due to a somewhat depressed immune system and to defective mucous glands in parts of the respiratory tract, is the most life threatening characteristic of this group of disorders." In other words, it is very real.
7 out of every 10,000 babies born in the world are infected. That may not sound like too many, but it's most definitely a substantial number when the world's population is currently around 7.118 billion.
Comparing to a vampire, we have quite a few similarities:
- Pointed, missing or widely spaced teeth with the possibility of needing dentures from the age of 2.
- Missing or sparse hair is common, with it being curly, brittle, thin, light in color and possibly twisted.
- Brittle and abnormally shaped nails with major discoloration and cuticles prone to infection are often seen.
- Like vampires, there are often no sweat glands. That might be why vampires prefer the cool weather. After all, they can't sweat out the eat to control body temperature.
- Thin and pale skin prone to burning, bleeding and becoming scaly and cracked is another characteristic fictional vampires have taken on. They may not melt, but they don't like the sun either, which makes pale skin go paler.
- Blind as a bat might also be used to describe real vampires. Add hearing problems to that list, as well.
- Malformed or missing digits are also a common sight. That might make a fictional character rather gruesome but most definitely corresponds to reality.
- For female vampires, unfortunately they are not always sexy. On the contrary, many will fail to develop their breasts.
The positive news? This genetic mutation does not normally affect mortality rates, nor does it cause any learning disabilities. It is not known to have any effect on the brain other than psychology influenced by society.
To help parents and children cope with ectodermal dysplasia, socially known as vampire syndrome, insurance plans and treatment of syndromes currently exists. However, there is no cure for the disorder and no way to turn back its effects.