An alleged allergic reaction to sea food, caused a 21 year old woman from Vietnam to age all of a sudden and appear like a 50-year- old in just a matter of days.
Having suffered this rare aging disease in 2008, the lady decided to come out in the open about her condition so that she could seek medical assistance.
In just a matter of days Phuong's youth faded to be replaced by sagging and wrinkled skin all over her body. This condition was perhaps caused by a severe allergic reaction to seafood in 2008. She began wearing a mask to avoid unnecessary attention. She also began to take traditional medicine as she could ill afford proper medical treatment.
Doctors are intrigued by this condition and are curious to understand the triggers for this sudden and rapid aging.
Opinion in medical circles hovers around an extremely rare condition called lipodystrophy, which has no cure and causes victims to age suddenly and appear like old people with wrinkled skin all over their bodies. The condition is so rare that only 2000 people worldwide are thought to be suffering from it.
This syndrome has fortunately not affected her menstrual cycle or her energy levels which has helped her work and lead a normal life.