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A mysterious and rare condition has caused a woman to spontaneously sweat blood from her face and palms for years, in a case that reportedly left doctors baffled. A 21-year-old Italian woman, without any injuries or skin lesions, reported to doctors that over the past three years, she has been sweating blood spontaneously in episodes that lasted between one to five minutes. The woman reported that the bleeding would often begin during some physical activity or even during sleep, with intensifying bouts when she was stressed.
The rare condition was published as a case study in the Canadian Medical Journal. Doctors Roberto Maglie and Marzia Caproni wrote that the patient reported symptoms of depression, self-isolation and panic disorder. The doctors eventually diagnosed the patient as having an incredibly rare condition called hematohidrosis, which is known to cause blood to spontaneously ooze out from intact skin.
The patient was treated with beta blockers and antidepressents. Although the drugs reduced some of the episodes of blood sweating, it was not completely stopped.
Although the condition has been medically reported for centuries, dating back to the writings of Aristotle, some experts have previously been sceptical of its existence.
No one knows what causes the condition
The likely causes of the bleeding as well as any methods to stop it, still remain a mystery.
originally posted by: FloatingBubbles
(Luke 22:44) But he was in such agony that he kept praying more earnestly; and his sweat became as drops of blood falling to the ground.
On the night Jesus was arrested to be put to death he was praying and in great anxiety. It is speculated that the stress and anxiety in him created the condition of hematidrosis, or sweat blood.
I don't know if that is the case with this woman, but it may be stress related.
It has an interesting side effect in that it tends to numb the nerves a little, and some speculate that it was a way of God preparing his son to face the physical suffering he was about to go through.