Vietnamese woman ages 50 years in just a few days [VIDEO]

Nguyen Thi Phuong

There are lots of bizarre medical conditions in the world that make most of us go WTF?! For most of us, it is just another great conversation topic, but for few people though, it is a sad truth. Nguyen Thi Phuong, a 26-year-old woman from Vietnam, now looks like a septuagenarian after a disease doctors treating her described as “very weird,” changed her appearance.

From Gizmodo:

The photo on the left shows how 26 year old Nguyen Thi Phuong looked just a few years ago, before she experienced an extreme allergic reaction after eating seafood. Initially her face broke out in an itchy rash that had her scratching her skin all day and night. But when the medication her husband had bought her did nothing to alleviate the symptoms, she sought the advice of a local doctor who wrote her a prescription for what he assumed to be dermatitis.

And this is where things went from bad to worse. The dermatitis medication caused her face to swell, followed by hives appearing on her skin. After a week she stopped taking those meds and instead turned to more traditional treatments which did help reduce the swelling, but then caused her to gain weight. She eventually had to give up all of the treatments when she could no longer afford them, and in just three short years the skin from her stomach upwards aged dramatically, making her look like a woman some fifty years her senior.

What could she be suffering from? Some have argued that the condition is lipodystrophy, while others believe it is Cushing’s syndrome. Check out a local news report on Phuong’s condition below: