Indian woman's rare condition causes her to 'sweat' blood from her eyes

NewsflarePublished: February 9, 2018
Published: February 9, 2018

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A young woman in India has been diagnosed with an extremely rare condition that causes her to sweat blood.

Geeta, 21, lives in the Saharsa district in the East Indian state of Bihar and suffers from Hematohidrosis - a disease that affects one in 10 million people.

Her husband left her last year because of the condition - he thought she was a witch when she suddenly started bleeding from her eyes.

Geeta's condition is so rare that many people, including even doctors, do not know about it.

According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Hematology, in some cases the many blood vessels that surround the sweat gland constrict or narrow when under stress.

As the anxiety increases, the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood then goes into the sweat glands, which push the blood - along with the sweat - to the surface, appearing as droplets of blood mixed with sweat.

Geeta's father, a poor labourer, says he is completely mystified about his daughter's condition.

He says that all his dreams for his daughter, who has a Bachelor's degree, have been shattered as her condition worsens every day.

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