“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” – Abraham Lincoln
Well, this quote is apt these days. Every news, every event, everything we do is simply posted on the internet. But sometimes, for no good reason at all, few things go viral. The Internet is intended to enhance our knowledge, but these days Internet is employed as a platform for making fake and imaginary things popular. Even sometimes fake news goes viral on social media.
Likewise, there are a series of few deadly diseases that actually don’t exist but are internet hoaxes. This set of diseases are fictional and have no existence, they are just myths. Few photos of diseases which we see online which give us chills and nightmares are often photoshopped and have no existence.
In this article, we will find out about such diseases which are imaginary but are real in the internet world!
Types of fake diseases-
- Blue waffle – Blue waffle is known to be the most famous fictional sexually transmitted disease. This disease is assumed to affect only women. ‘Waffle’ means vagina, and this disease causes severe vaginal infection and also blue discoloration to the vagina, so the name ‘Blue waffle’. It is assumed to have originated in the late 2010s. Later after research, this disease was proved as false.
- Chronic Lyme disease – One of the most common fake diseases is ‘Chronic Lyme disease’, but research has proven that there is no such thing. Medical groups concluded that it is just late-onset symptoms of Lyme disease and can be cured by long-term antibiotic therapy.
- Morgellons syndrome – Like Chronic Lyme disease, ‘Morgellons’ is a self-made disease name. People suffering from this disease claim that it feels like bugs are crawling under their skin. But after much research and examination on patients, doctors suggested that the symptoms are like a psychiatric condition known as, delusional infestation, it is a delusional belief that one is infested with parasites.The term ‘Morgellons syndrome’ was coined by ‘Mary Leitao’, back in 2002, who claimed that her 2-year son was suffering from the same. But, Thank god! That there is no medical evidence of this disease.
- Lamprey – Recently, Facebook was all flushed with inappropriate pictures of a disease named ‘Lamprey’, but it was just another internet hoax. This disease was famous for email hoax back in 2007 but was trending on the internet lately. The photos displayed under the name of this disease are works of photoshop of lamprey fishes on the human eye. This disease has no medical existence.
- Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia is considered one of the most common diseases. It is not a real medical problem, but an ‘all in your head’ kind of disease. Its symptoms can be told as fatigue, altered sleep, mood swings, and memory problems. It is treated as a somatic expression of depression and not a physical illness. No medical attention is required for this, only focus on having a balanced diet, mobility, and do things that play as an antidepressant for you.
- Adrenal fatigue – Adrenal fatigue is not a real medical condition. It is just a term being used for prolonged mental, physical, and emotional stress. It cannot be diagnosed as it doesn’t have a true medical identity. People often confuse ‘Adrenal efficiency’ with ‘Adrenal fatigue’. Adrenal efficiency is a real medical term and is treatable.
- Celiac – It is often said that ‘the worst part about having a celiac is, it is fake’! Celiac or gluten allergy is as false as the diseases mentioned above. Gluten sensitivity is something performed by those people who seek attention. There is nothing wrong with gluten, and gluten allergy is a hoax.
- Candida – ‘Chronic candidiasis’ or simply ‘Candida’ is one of the most popular fake diseases. Candida became the focus of a fake illness at the beginning of 1986. It is just a yeast infection and can be cured by simple treatment. It is not a real disease, but there are several books being sold online on how to treat this so-called ‘disease’, which is harmful in every possible way.
- Trypophobia – Trypophobia gained its popularity in 2009 and was named by an anonymous Irish Woman in 2005. The term became popular online and is considered as a phobia of watching a cluster of holes. There are many disgusting photoshopped pictures that are still viral online. It is more of an anxiety disorder rather than an actual disease.
Do not believe everything you read on the Internet. And do not search for a treatment for some fake disease that the Internet has made popular. Don’t become a doctor of your own self by searching for remedies online. It is better to consult a doctor always. Stay away from such hoaxes and medical scams. Focus more on real things rather than believing things virtually.
Stay safe and stay healthy!