Although she complained of persistent headaches and constant mood changes, her family didn’t think anything was wrong until Pantera Myhill developed a “strange ring” around her neck. Although most people think this to simply be indicative of poor hygiene, if you happen to see a loved one with this mark, you may want to warn them. What it really means is rather serious.
As previously noted, Pantera was constantly thirsty and was experiencing persistent headaches and mood changes. However, when this ring popped up around the girl’s neck, her family became rather concerned and took her to the doctor.
With the ring seen on many people, assuming that it’s an indication of poor hygiene is actually a mistake as Dr. Saeed explains. The spots are actually called Acanthosis Nigricans, according to IJ Review:
It’s a skin condition characterized by areas of “dark, velvety discoloration and thickening of the skin.”
As it turns out, Acanthosis Nigricans are actually a symptom of type two diabetes that usually appear on either the armpit, groin, or neck. Emerging on mostly obese people, the mysterious rings point to the fact that the body is resisting the body’s natural insulin.
Although there isn’t a medical treatment for Acanthosis Nigricans, simple lifestyle changes can remedy the issue and actually result in the spots disappearing entirely. The condition isn’t so much a disease, but rather a symptom of another problem within the body. Once you get that other problem under control, it usually fades, if not disappears all together.
The real solution is making this public knowledge so that the symptom can be immediately identified. When it comes to your life or the life of your loved ones, nothing is worth the risk and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
If you know of someone with such a mark, stop them (privately, of course) and ask if they know what it is. For those that didn’t know, feel free to share this article so that others, like yourself, can become informed of Acanthosis Nigricans as well.