Top 5 Ignored Diseases


How often have you considered self-medications over going out and getting an expert consultation? If you are among those who prefer experience over a medical practitioner, take a look at the top 5 ignored diseases.

Ignored Diseases and habits

Our ignorance of diseases often stems from the fact that our body is durable. It takes a drastic bout to bring us down. And, we often tend to ignore a cough or flu. But how safe are the practices? And how well does household remedies actually work?

Let us take at the diseases in contention:

  1. Tuberculosis

    Consider this statement.

    “About one-quarter of the world’s population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with the disease and cannot transmit the disease.”
    This was a statement by WHO, the global organization monitoring health.

    Tuberculosis is a leading cause of death worldwide. In fact, it infamously makes it into the Top 10 causes of Death worldwide. While we have statistics to back the data up, tuberculosis stands as one of the most frequently ignored diseases. We take fever and cold for granted. And it is only when superadded complications start occurring, does one truly feel the need for an expert consultation.

    The pharmaceutical sector has been trying to mitigate the risks, but the best we have is a six-month regimen. Despite Government around the world taking massive steps, Tuberculosis remains one of the most feared and difficult to treat disease around the world.

  2. Dengue

    A mosquito-borne disease that is usually uncomplicated. But our complacency makes this one of the leading ignored diseases worldwide. Fever, as usual, is left ignored, mistaken for a bout of flu. This might subside. But a subsequent attack usually leaves a person with what is known as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever.

    The remedy for this is still under research. Viral diseases are notoriously difficult to treat. These small organisms are notorious for their survivability, and medicines usually come with one or more undesirable side effects.

    As Dengue progresses, it slowly destroys the platelets in our blood, the little cells required for clotting. Progression is difficult to control, and hope resides in blood transfusions. Dengue usually resolves on its own. Of the 390 million Dengue cases each year, only about a quarter is diagnosed clinically. No wonder, this makes it onto the list of ignored diseases.

  3. Rabies

    Dogs and Cats are irresistibly cute! We can’t argue over that. But one small scratch, and, it becomes a whole different ball game. Rabid dogs are one and many. Keep aside bites, even a lick on an open wound from an infected dog can be disastrous. Moreover, there is no known cure for this disease. And, in the whole history of modern medicine, only three people have been known to survive this.

    The incubation period varies drastically, and by the time the symptom manifests itself, it is usually too late. An ignored diseases like rabies have only one fate –  death. The person develops hydrophobia, blurring of vision. His muscles start behaving abnormally, and finally, the person falls limp. The pain is described as unbearable, and with nerve damage occurring simultaneously, rabies has been described as one of the most horrible ignored diseases worldwide.

  4. Leprosy

    Leprosy has always been more about the hype than the danger. There is no arguing over the fact that more stigma is involved with leprosy than the disease itself. The fact that this makes one of the most ignored diseases is its variable incubation period. The symptom has been seen as early as a month to as late as ten years. And, while skin eruptions are dismissed as fungal infections, the disease might be progressing at a breakneck pace within the body. There is a complete cure. However, it is a time consuming and tedious process.

  5. AIDS

    Probably the most bone-chilling on our list is a disease that has no cure, and where society rejects the sufferer. Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome is characterized by a sudden depression of the host immune system. A simple rhinovirus infection can potentially be life-threatening to an AIDS patient. This overlooked the fact that psychological distress is at the helm of an AIDS patient.

    The disease takes a long time to show any symptoms. AIDS may be confirmed after months of undiagnosed flu or diarrhea. The virus is so smart, that antigens against the HIV Virus are virtually non-existent until the virus has taken over the immune system completely.

This brings us to our conclusion of top 5 ignored diseases globally. We cannot necessarily run away from diseases. But we sure can figure out ways to fight them. With proper and early detection techniques now available, it is better to consult a Medical Practitioner immediately, even for the most trivial of symptoms.



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