What You Need To Know About Drusen: Overview
Drusen are a group of eye diseases caused by the same virus. They occur in different ages and in different parts of the world.
There are two main types of drusen, which differ from each other mainly due to their age and location. The first type is called “old” or “older”. These diseases usually affect children under 5 years old, but they may appear later than that. The second type is called “younger” or “newer”, and it affects adults over 50 years old. It’s not known why these diseases occur at different ages, but they do.
The symptoms of both types of drusen are similar, although there are some differences between them.
Old drusen (drusen older) have no symptoms at all. They don’t even show any signs of being sick.
Old drusen often go unnoticed until they become very ill with something like pneumonia or meningitis. Older drusen are rarer than young ones, but they still happen. Usually the disease starts suddenly and then gradually worsens over time, making it harder to treat and eventually killing the patient before they die. By the time most common diseases manifest themselves, the patient with older drusen has already died.
Younger drusen can show a few symptoms. The patient might experience pain in the eye, particularly when they wake up in the morning or after they’ve been rubbing their eyes a lot.
These kinds of drusen grow larger as they age, and some patients suffer from decreased vision. Younger drusen also cause a mild fever and fatigue. This disease also may worsen enough to lead to pneumonia or meningitis, although it’s less common than in older patients.
As the drusen grow larger they begin to strain the eye, making headaches more common and sometimes causing blindness. At this point, the drusen become unsightly lumps on the sclera.
The white part of the eye can no longer be seen. Younger drusen may cause blindness.
Both types of drusen can cause a mild fever and decreased energy, but this is more common with younger ones.
This disease is incurable.
What causes Drusen?
The disease itself has no known cause, but the formation of drusen is caused by a virus that lives within the human body. The virus causes the body to overproduce certain compounds. These compounds harden the eye and cause it to swell. Over time, the virus spreads to the rest of the body and causes problems as well.
What’s the treatment?
Since the disease is caused by a virus, antibiotics have no effect against it. There is no known way to slow down or stop the virus from spreading throughout the body. At present there is no cure for this disease. While some drugs may slightly reduce the size of drusen they only do so for a very short time. Nothing can prevent the growth of new drusen from developing.
Surgery to remove drusen has been attempted, but there is a very high risk that the procedure will cause more harm than good. The eye is often left in a severely damaged state after surgery.
A common side effect is blindness due to the shock to the rest of the eye. Drusen do not develop any further than they normally would, and are still there after surgery.
How is this virus spread?
The virus is spread through contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, pus, or sweat. This disease cannot be caught from airborne contact, water, food, or insects. It is thought that the elderly are more susceptible to catching the virus due to weakened immune systems. Young children seem to be more resistant to the disease as well.
While it is not a highly contagious disease, the virus can live outside the body for several hours. It is spread mostly by touching infected blood or touching objects that are covered in infected blood.
The virus does not seem to be spread through the air, water, food, or insects.
What are the early symptoms?
Since the virus acts very slowly there may not be any initial symptoms. It takes several months for the virus to begin to take hold and swell the eye. Some patients report having swollen or painful eyes, but many do not notice any difference at all until it is too late.
The first symptoms are a mild fever, along with swollen and painful eyes. The patient may also experience tiredness and decreased vision in the swollen eye, although this symptom is more common in older patients.
What are the long-term effects?
As the virus spreads through the body it begins to cause more problems. It attacks the inner organs, especially the heart, lungs, and brain. The patient may begin to suffer from chest pains, shortness of breath, or dizziness along with the swollen eye. The patient may also become increasingly sensitive to light, and problems with their vision. These symptoms may become so severe that the patient is bedridden.
The virus will continue to spread throughout the body until the patient dies. The average life expectancy is between six months and two years after the initial infection.
There have been rare cases where a person has lived for several more years, but these people are exceptional and their life expectancies are still much lower than normal.
How do I know if I’ve got it?
There is no easy way to tell if you’ve got the virus without visiting a doctor. The initial symptoms may be confused with other diseases such as a sinus infection, eye irritation, or the flu. You should get immediate medical attention if you are experiencing swollen or painful eyes along with a fever.
Does it affect my immortality?
Immortality does not prevent you from getting this disease. Your bodies natural healing abilities and Life Magic should allow you to fight off the disease and live a relatively normal life, assuming you catch the disease early.
Does it affect my Wereform?
The effects of this disease do carry over into your wereform. It will not cause unnatural deformities such as in the case of the Ulyisian Werefox, but you will find that your abilities are reduced while you are in your wereform. This does seem to vary from person to person, with young people and those who have not yet reached their full growth experiencing the greatest loss of abilities.
You will find that your healing abilities are also reduced, as well as your senses and physical abilities. This may make you slower, weaker, and less coordinated than you would otherwise be.
Many werepeople feel uncomfortable or even insecure while suffering from the disease, further decreasing their abilities.
The disease will not cause you to lose your hair, but it will not prevent you from losing fights. You may feel a reduced confidence in your abilities and be more likely to back down when threatened or outnumbered.
Does it affect my children?
Children born to parents with the Ulycorian Disease are not guaranteed to inherit it. There is a small chance that they will be born with it, which would speed up the time frame of the disease becoming deadly. Fortunately, you can still have healthy children even if you have the disease. If you do give birth to a child with the disease, they will suffer from it at an accelerated rate, becoming increasingly sick until they reach their mid-twenties. At this point their life expectancy drops to the normal level of six months to two years.
There is a small chance that your child will not inherit the disease at all.
The Ulycorian Disease does not affect the children of a human and a dwarf, elf, orc, or other non-human race in the same way. Children with two parents who are not human will not have the disease at all.
They may still contract other diseases, but they will be unaffected by this one. Children with one human parent and one non-human parent will experience similar effects to the children of two human parents. The disease will progress at a slightly slower rate, but they will still develop it by early adulthood and will have the same average life expectancy. Children with two non-human parents will not get the disease at all.
Does magic prevent it?
As far as your physicians can tell, magic has no effect on the disease at all. It certainly won’t cure it, and there are currently no spells or potions that can prevent you from getting it in the first place. While it may be tempting to blame all of your ills on magic, you will have to look elsewhere to find a scapegoat.
Should I move to another city?
There are people with the disease living in every city in the known world, from the largest metropolis to the smallest village. There is no place that is free of it. That being said, there are still safer places than others.
Some cities have higher incidences of the disease than others, which is due to a variety of factors. On the one hand, there is the possibility that a place with a high incidence is simply more likely to report the presence of the disease and its symptoms.
This would make it seem like the disease is more common than it actually is.
The other possibility is that there are factors within a city that cause the disease to spread and become more common. If this is the case, you might want to pick a different city to live in.
The only problem is that nobody knows why some cities have a higher rate of infection than others, so you’re taking a bit of a gamble whichever city you choose to settle in.
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