From auto-brewery syndrome to fatal insomnia – the 5 strangest health conditions revealed

WHEN it is about our health, we know many illnesses.

Whether diabetes, asthma, skin problems or cancer, in most cases we know what to look out for.

Most of us are familiar with the most common conditions like diabetes and skin conditions, but there are some weird ones that you might not know


Most of us are familiar with the most common conditions like diabetes and skin conditions, but there are some weird ones that you might not knowPhoto credit: Getty

But there are some conditions with symptoms so strange you might not even believe they exist.

We’ve previously highlighted the debilitating mental illnesses you’ve never heard of.

These included conditions like stranger’s hand, where a person experiences a complete loss of feeling in their hand or limb – making it feel “alien” to them.

Other strange conditions include Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, in which the sufferer often sees things smaller or larger than they are – which can be both overwhelming and confusing.

However, there are five strange physical conditions that might surprise you as well.

1. Autobrewery Syndrome

Auto Brewery Syndrome (ABS) is a condition that increases the level of alcohol in the blood.

Because of this, it produces symptoms of intoxication in those affected — meaning they feel drunk or even hungover.

This happens even if they have drunk small amounts of alcohol or even not drunk alcohol at all.

It is also known as gut fermentation syndrome (GIS).

Medics at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, United States, said people with the condition often also have a high-sugar, high-carbohydrate diet.

2. Fatal familial insomnia

According to experts at the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center in the US, fatal familial insomnia (FFI) affects the part of the brain that controls the sleep-wake cycle, the thalamus.

Despite its name, the condition is not fatal and actually refers to severe insomnia.

The most common symptoms of the condition are psychiatric problems, weight loss and balance problems.

They may also struggle with high blood pressure, excessive sweating, and difficulty controlling body temperature.

They often get worse over time, and experts say it’s caused by a change in our DNA.

3. Fishy smell syndrome

Trimethylaminuria (fish smell syndrome) is a condition that can smell like rotten fish or something similar and can be caused by a faulty gene – but that’s not always the case, according to the NHS.

Basically, it’s caused by a missing enzyme, meaning sweat, urine, and breath have an unusually strong odor.

There is currently no cure for this condition. However, there are treatments that can help with the symptoms.

You should see your GP if you notice a strong, unpleasant odor that won’t go away.

The NHS says it will be able to investigate more common causes such as body odor, gum disease, urinary tract infections and bacterial vaginosis.

4. Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign accent syndrome is a rare speech disorder that makes the person who has it sound like they’re from another country, experts at Winchester Hospital said.

Problems can last for months, years, or be permanent.

Symptoms of the condition can include longer and lower vowels, e.g. B. changing the English “yeah” to the German “jah”.

You may also notice that the sound quality changes when you move your tongue or jaw differently when speaking

Those who have the condition may substitute words or use the wrong words to describe something

You can also put sentences together incorrectly.

5. Proteus Syndrome

Proteus syndrome is a condition that causes the disproportionate growth of tissues such as bone, skin, vascular and fat tissue, according to doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

It is a genetic condition, but is not passed from parent to child and is caused by an unexpected mutation in a gene called AKT1.

The main feature is the asymmetrical overgrowth of parts of the body.

“This growth is often absent at birth but can become more noticeable over time.

“In addition to excessive growth, children with Proteus syndrome may have distinctive facial features with a long face, low bridge of the nose, large nostrils, and a downward-facing outer part of the eye.

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“Some children have seizures, vision problems and learning difficulties,” the experts said.

It is important that you see a GP if you have any symptoms that you are unsure about. From auto-brewery syndrome to fatal insomnia – the 5 strangest health conditions revealed

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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