Carpenter says he looks like a ZOMBIE because of a rare condition that causes pus-filled sores on his face, chest and arms
- Steve Young, from Devon, was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum in August
- The carpenter has since had to give up his job because of the sores on his body
- The 32-year-old claims that he spends half an hour every day dressing his sores
A man has said he looks like a zombie because of a rare condition that causes sores to appear on his face, chest and arms.
Steve Young was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum in August, after 18 months of searching for an answer to his pus-filled boils.
The carpenter has since had to give up his job and is now too scared to leave his house because of the fear that strangers will stare at him.
Young, from Honiton in Devon, has attempted suicide twice because of the condition, which is thought to affect only one in 100,000 people.
He claims to spend almost half an hour every day dressing his sores, which can be fatal if not treated.
Steve Young was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum in August. The carpenter has since had to give up his job and is now too scared to leave his house because of fear strangers will stare at him (pictured for his ordeal, left and with an ulcer on his face, right)
Young, from Honiton in Devon, has attempted suicide twice for the condition, which is thought to affect only one in 100,000 people
Speaking of how the situation changed him, Mr. Young said: "It has completely ruined my life, I feel like a prisoner in my own house.
& # 39; I told myself that I look like a zombie. I am not going outside now, the weather is too cold and I cannot risk it because of the risk of developing an infection.
& # 39; It is the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. The only way to describe it is that someone is constantly stabbing knives at different points in your body. & # 39;
Young, who admitted that he was deprived of his independence because he needed help with washing and dressing, added: & # 39; When I go out, people just stare at me.
"Some people come to me and ask me" what's wrong ", but most just stare. I'm just trying to keep myself in a bubble and concentrate on getting better. & # 39;
Young started getting sores on his face in December 2017. His doctor prescribed different types of antibiotics, but more sores continued to appear.
He claims to spend almost half an hour every day dressing his sores, which can be fatal if not treated
Four skin biopsies could not find what caused the irritating sores of Mr Young (photo), which became bigger and progressively more painful
Young said that the sores (photo) on his face shocked expressions of strangers walking past him and that he is ashamed of his condition
He was referred to a dermatologist in 2018 who would have told him that they had never seen anything so aggressive & # 39 ;.
Four skin biopsies could not find what caused Mr. Young's irritating sores, which became bigger and more painful.
Mr. Young, who was diagnosed only two months ago, said: "For 18 months I had no idea what was going on. I was tested on all kinds of things.
He claims that the medication used to treat his ulcers has weakened his immune system and made him vulnerable to catching infections.
Young said the sores draw shocked expressions in his face from strangers walking past him and he is ashamed of his condition.
Now he is trying to raise money on GoFundMe to seek private treatment in the US for the condition.
He said: & I've tried all kinds of medicines and nothing seems to work. I have been using steroids for 18 months and I have put three and a half stones.
& # 39; I just want to live a normal life and go back to work. The condition for leaving would be the best Christmas gift in the world. It would be a relief. & # 39;
You can donate to Mr. Young's profession here.
WHAT IS PYODERMA GANGRENOSUM?
Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare skin condition that causes painful ulcers. Estimates suggest that it affects approximately one in 100,000 people.
It is usually treatable, but it can take some time to heal and can leave some scars. It often starts as a small pimple, red bump or blister.
The skin then breaks down into a painful sore with a purple or blue edge that can leak out moisture.
The ulcer can quickly get bigger and deeper and several can develop in the area. If the ulcer gets infected, it can cause a fever.
It usually affects the legs, although it can affect any area of the skin, including around the head and neck, arms and genitals. It can be fatal if it is not treated.
Pyoderma gangrenosum is seen in men and women of all ages, but usually affects young adults and middle-aged adults.
People with conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, blood dyscrasia, hepatitis and cancer that affect blood cells run an increased risk of developing it.
The exact cause of pyoderma gangrenosum is not understood, but it is thought to be a response to a disease or illness.
Source: NHS Choices
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