r Wicked Things Horror Blog: Common Victorian Diseases Vol. 1

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Common Victorian Diseases Vol. 1

Cholera - an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium, Vibrio cholerae.  Symptoms primarily include peeing out your ass--a fishy smelling soupy poop--and barfing your guts out. You get so dehydrated when infected with Cholera that your skin turns a sexy Zombie color (or alien life form color if that's your preference), sort of a grey-blue, if you will.

Blood pressure drops with Cholera because victims get so dehydrated and as a result their pulse quickens. They could not pee, because they were much too busy peeing out their ass and there wasn't fluid left to pee out, which is, of course, not healthy for your kidneys at all! Muscle cramping, weakness, seizures, and sometimes a coma due to electrolyte loss can result with this nasty little bacterial infection.

Victorians and others obviously, caught Cholera from drinking water or eating food that was contaminated with the shite particles of somebody who was infected with the grotesque affliction. For instance if a Victorian-era person went fishing and somebody dumped their nasty little chamber pots in the same fishing hole and they had Cholera, too bad, so sad for you!

Kids are and were more susceptible to this nasty bacteria, because they are dirty little fawkers and they mess with items that are covered in traces of poop all the time like at dirty daycare. Imagine living in a Victorian orphanage. I bet those kids got Cholera and died all the time, yuck! Those with Type O blood are affected most by this bacteria(um) and obviously if you are already sick, you were a goner! If you were poor and suffered from malnutrition, you were game for Cholera if you got it anywhere near you!

One could potentially die from peeing out their ass so profusely with this virus. The best treatment was to replace water and electrolytes, but obviously Victorian didn't know what the fuzuck electrolytes were. You can get fluids via IV now, but they didn't have IV fluids in Victorian times, obviously and they definitely didn't have the aid of antibacterial medications to dispel it more quickly. When you are producing 3-5 gallons of poop out your ass daily, its a problem that can kill you quickly. They used to refer to it as "The Blue Death" sometimes, sexy!

Smallpox - an infectious disease originally known in English as the "pox" or "red plague"; the term "smallpox" was first used in Britain in the 15th century to distinguish variola from the "great pox" (syphilis).  This condition usually left sufferers scarred with colorless pox marks, which is a term often used for people with deep pits in their face in modern times, of course.  Where do you think that term originates?  Bingo!   You think Chicken Pox is ugly, check this out!

No vaccines existed for Smallpox for thousands of years and if you were poor in Victorian times, good luck getting treated and if your 17 brothers and sisters go it, half of you, including your parents were probably dead within weeks!

Complications of smallpox arise most commonly in the respiratory system and range from simple bronchitis to fatal pneumonia. Respiratory complications tend to develop on about the eighth day of the illness and can be either viral or bacterial in origin. Secondary bacterial infection of the skin is a relatively uncommon complication of smallpox. When this occurs, the fever usually remains elevated.

Diptheria - Diphtheria is a respiratory tract bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, a bacterium.  It is characterized by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane (a pseudomembrane) on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity.  A milder form of diphtheria can be restricted to the skin. Less common consequences include myocarditis (about 20% of cases) and peripheral neuropathy (about 10% of cases).

Diphtheria is spread by direct physical contact or breathing the aerosolized secretions of infected individuals. The symptoms of diphtheria usually begin two to seven days after infection. Symptoms of diphtheria include fever, chills, fatigue, bluish skin coloration (cyanosis), sore throat, hoarseness, cough, headache, difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, foul-smelling bloodstained nasal discharge and lymphadenopathy.  Symptoms can also include cardiac arrhythmias, myocarditis, and cranial and peripheral nerve palsies.

Laryngeal diphtheria can lead to a characteristic swollen neck and throat, or "bull neck". The swollen throat is often accompanied by a serious respiratory condition, characterized by a brassy or "barking" cough, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing, and croup.

Typhoid - Classically, the course of untreated typhoid fever is divided into four individual stages, each lasting approximately one week. Over the course of these stages, the patient becomes exhausted and emaciated.  In the first week, the temperature rises slowly, and fever fluctuations are seen with a headache, and cough. A bloody nose is seen in a quarter of cases, and abdominal pain is also possible. There is a decrease in the number of circulating white blood cells.

In the second week of the infection, the high fever plateaus around 104 °F.  Delirium is frequent, often calm, but sometimes agitated. This delirium gives to typhoid the nickname of "nervous fever".  Pinkish red dots appear on the lower chest and abdomen in about a third of sufferers.  The abdomen is destended and painful.  Diarrhea can happens then and it stinks like Regan's puke in the Exorcist with a similar color and a foul smell, but constipation can happen, too, depending on the person.  The spleen and liver are enlarged and tender.  The liver isn't happy either.

In the third week of typhoid fever, a number of complications can occur such as intestinal haemorrhage, intestinal perforation (usually fatal),  encephalitis, abscesses, and endocarditis. The fever persists and dehydration occurs.  A third of those infected develop a rash on the trunk.  Platelet count goes down slowly and risk of bleeding rises. By the end of third week, the fever starts subsiding. This carries on into the fourth and final week.

The bacterium that causes typhoid fever may be spread through poor hygiene habits and public sanitation conditions, and sometimes also by flying insects feeding on human crap.  Modern chlorination of drinking water has led to dramatic decreases in the transmission of typhoid fever in the United States.

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