Monster movies are escapist, fantasy fun, right? Chewing gum for the brain that's momentarily scary but ultimately harmless because they're fantasy? Hold that thought, because it turns out there are very real diseases that can make a person surprisingly monster-like. And there are diseases that are monstrous enough to seem like they're the product of an overactive imagination.

For example:

Vampire Syndrome Approximately one in a million people have Xeroderma Pigmentosum, which makes them AarwnhE extremely sensitive to UV rays. These peop
Source: NIH

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Waterhouse- Friderichsen Syndrome Neisseria Meningitidis floods your body with bacteria, causing every organ system to fail. Within a few hour
Source: NIH

Stone Man Syndrome With Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), muscle tissue, tendons, and ligaments gradually turn to bone. It spreads from the
Source: NIH

River Blindness is visual impairment caused by blackfly larvae. The microscopic larvae reproduce aND spread under your skin, producing an intense itch
Source: CDC
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