A newly released study presents the very strange case of an Italian woman that sweats blood from her forehead and hands. She was diagnosed with having hematohidrosis, an incredibly rare condition.
Sweating Blood, and the Condition Attached to This, Still Controversial
Italian doctors reported meeting with the very odd case of a 21 years old woman that came in because she was sweating blood from her head and hands. Perspiration is a normal and very much needed process of the human body that helps it regulate its temperature.
In the case of the Italian woman, she reported having a three years long story of spontaneously perspiring blood from her forehead and face in general, as well as her hands. The sweating episodes were one to five minutes old.
She did not appear to have any cuts or lesions. Blood and skin tests also did not reveal any abnormalities or problems that might explain the bleeding. Instead, the patient presented symptoms of anxiety, self-isolation, and depression. She also claimed that she chose to isolate herself out of fear of having blood sweating episodes in public.
The specialists examining her diagnosed their patient with a very rare condition, hematohidrosis. So the Italian woman was treated with beta blockers and also anti-depressants. According to the study paper, although the medicine helped reduce the bloody perspiration, these couldn’t be stopped altogether.
The case was presented in a study paper published in the Canadian Medical Journal and accompanied by a commentary analysis.
Hematohidrosis and Its History
The accompanying commentary pointed out that the majority of the documented cases of hematohidrosis affected women. However, an exact cause for this condition is not known.
Allegedly, the appearance of this condition might be tied to hysteria or other such psychiatric conditions. There are no medical reports to tie any death to this condition.
Some also regard this condition with skepticism, although the research team points out that such episodes “persist at a steady and possibly rising rate” so the doubts seem rather unfounded.
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