Decades after decades, scientists have been conducting tests and experiments to discover or create effective medicine for various diseases. Some prescriptions are able to significantly slow down a disease’s progression. Unfortunately, despite living in the modernized era, we are nowhere near finding a working cure for many killer illnesses. Here’s a list of diseases that are currently still incurable.
A common yet chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, asthma causes the patient to have difficulties in breathing. An asthma patient often wheezes constantly as he/she breathes, which produces a whistling sound. Other symptoms include chest tightness and frequent coughing at night. Indoor allergens such as dust mites, mold, and animal dander can cause asthma while genetic factors also play a role. Recently, medical experts have linked obesity to the triggers of asthma, as well as eczema and hay fever. To keep the symptoms under control, patients use a quick-relief inhaler, commonly known as Albuterol while keeping track on their asthma medications.
2) Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s is a condition that slowly destroys your memory and other mental functions. A patient may experience increased forgetfulness and mild confusion as early symptoms. Subsequently, it robs memories as the disease progresses. A patient is likely to address similar questions or statements repeatedly on a daily basis, even forgetting about appointments. It’s not uncommon for Alzheimer’s sufferers to get lost in familiar places and not recognizing their family members in later stages. The lifestyle of one, genetic and environmental factors are most likely to cause the disease.
3) Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
When your pancreas produces little to zero insulin that lowers the blood glucose, it may quickly lead to diabetes. A diabetic patient has an excessively high blood glucose/blood sugar level from food consumption. To control the disease, a meal plan is crucial to control the disease, as well as sticking to the prescribed medicine. Treatments usually include insulin therapy and Metformin pills. If left untreated, it may lead to blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease.
The act of unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusion, and sharing of needles elevate the risk of getting infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Patients may experience flu-like symptoms or mild fever during the initial stages, followed by a prolonged period of symptom-less infections, which can be tricky. If left untreated, it may progress to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which subsequently alters your immune system. This allows easy access to multiple infections and undergoing a blood test is the only way to know if you are diagnosed. Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock band Queen, was among the first major rock star to die from the disease.
5) Huntington’s Disease (HD)
HD is a fatal genetic disorder that continuously damages the nerves in the brain cells. Every child with a parent of HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease. Early signs usually occur between the age 30-50, and deteriorate within 20 years. During the early stages, patient may experience personality changes, tremendous mood swings, and forgetfulness. Other symptoms may include slurred speech and difficulty in swallowing. Although Tetrabenzine prescriptions may relieve the symptoms, continuous supervision and care is crucial in the later stages.
Anyone is at risk of this contagious and deadly virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. This is common as the virus spreads easily and quickly through the infected. Nausea and stomach pain are also the main indication of this virus. To prevent from contracting the virus, wash your hands regularly and clean fruits/vegetables thoroughly prior to consumption. Additionally, avoid preparing food for others if you are sick as the virus spreads easily through contaminated food. Anti-diarrheal drugs help in relieving the symptoms, as well as re-hydrating yourself with plenty of fluids.
7) Parkinson’s Disease
Similarly to Alzheimer’s, it is a degenerative nervous system disorder that affects your motor skills (movements). It usually affects people over 60, with symptoms such as slurred speech occurring in the early stages. In the meantime, a patient may exhibit little to zero emotion through facial expressions, and the arms may not swing while walking. Following this, symptoms may worsen over time and lead to complications such as dementia, anxiety, and depression. One of the most common factor that leads to Parkinson’s Disease is having head injuries. Regular aerobic exercise and coffee intake may lower the risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that exhibits abnormal behavior where a patient is unable to grasp reality. It affects someone as young as 16, with the life expectancy 18-20 years shorter due to the increases in suicide and heart diseases. A Schizophrenic sufferer regularly experiences auditory hallucinations, has false beliefs, is unable to think clearly and has a lack of motivation to survive. The causes vary, from malnutrition during pregnancy, family history, to the use of cannabis. Hospitalization is the most practical way to ensure their safety, while adequate sleep and proper nutrition as well as prescription of antipsychotic medicine to the patients may be beneficial.
Taxoplasmosis is an infection by a parasite that shows no obvious symptoms, thanks to the healthy immune system that “conceal” the signs. The survival rate of the parasites in human and animal bodies is exceptionally high, as they may stick with you for a lifetime. Anyone who has consumed under-cooked meat, especially lamb, venison and pork are at high risk in contracting the disease. Similarly, contaminated drinks can also lead to this problem. Surprisingly, the parasites also exist in cat feces as some of them hunt rodents or consume raw meat. Feeding your pet with high quality canned food can help avoid the problem. Anyone with a compromised immune system or is pregnant should seek medical care as they may have deadly repercussions.
Illnesses may come knocking on your door anytime, so occasional medical checkups won’t hurt. Have you ever imagined that someday a cure will be found for these diseases?