Man whose ’skin turned to playdough’ discovers he has killer condition
A man discovered he had a strange condition after his skin "turned into playdough".
British Olympian Lawrence Okoye took to TikTok to show off the bizarre symptom and filmed himself poking his shin with his thumb six times.
When he released the pressure, the imprint of his finger could still be seen in his skin as if he'd pressed into dough.
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"Warning!! This is nasty!" the video read along with the caption: "Can’t say I didn’t warn you! #disgusting."
"It looks like I'm made out of playdough," the 31-year-old athlete commented.
TikTok users were quick to try to diagnose the strange phenomenon, with many urging Okoye to see a doctor as quickly as possible.
"Water Retention get the doctors now," one wrote, while another suggested it was "Pitting edema."
"Kidney, liver or heart problems maybe," a third chimed in.
Two weeks after the clip was posted, Okoye updated concerned viewers and told them he had been diagnosed with cellulitis, a skin infection that can be treated with antibiotics but can become dangerous if left untreated.
In a second video, the track star revealed his dough-like skin has since returned to normal.
"A tonne of people were trying to tell me I had heart disease or liver disease, kidney disease, cancer and diabetes but obviously that's not the case," he said.
"I had an infection called cellulitis, It's basically bacteria that gets into your system from an open wound."
He then showed off some scars on his leg from a recent injury which may have allowed the bacteria to get into his system.
While cellulitis is a fairly simple condition to treat, complications can result in the need for amputation, shock or even death if not addressed quickly, according to the NHS.
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"The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the blood, muscles and bones," the healthcare provider stated, adding that most people make a full recovery within seven to 10 days.
The disease is caused by a bacterial infection in an open wound that affects the deeper layers of the skin, and can even occur if the wound is too small to see.
People can develop cellulitis on any part of their body and their skill will feel hot, painful and swollen. The area will also appear red on lighter skin tones.
The skin can blister as well and sufferers may experience swollen painful glands.
Cellulitis cannot be passed on from person to person but affects around one in 40 people a year, making it fairly common.
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