The boy, from the Ganjam district of eastern India, is forced to bathe hourly to try to ease the symptoms of the rare condition known as lamellar ichthyosis.

    Ten-year-old Jagannath suffers from a debilitating skin condition (Image: Indiaphotoagency /SWNS.COM)

    A ten-year-old boy in India has been dubbed a 'human snake' – because a rare condition causes him to shed his skin every month.

    The youngster, known only as Jagannath, suffers from rare genetic skin condition called lamellar ichthyosis.

    The condition causes the skin to grow too fast, dry out, and shed, much like a reptile's.

    Jagannath's case is so severe that his skin sheds every four to six weeks.

    He is forced to bathe hourly and smear himself with moisturiser every three hours to try to relieve the symptoms.

    There is little Jagganath's family can do to help him as the condition is incurable
    (Image: Indiaphotoagency /SWNS.COM)

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    Shocking photos of the young boy, from the Ganjam district of eastern India, show his skin completely dried out and flaky, stretched over his body like scales.

    His skin has become so tight that he is often left unable to walk properly, and needs a stick to help him stretch out his limbs.

    Sadly, there is no cure for Jagannath's condition – and his father, Prabhakar Pradhan, who works as a labourer in a paddy field, can not afford the cost of his son's treatment.

    He has to bathe hourly to ease the symptoms
    (Image: Indiaphotoagency /SWNS.COM)

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    He said: "My son has suffered this disease since childhood, and there is no cure for it.

    "I do not have enough money to take him for a treatment and my heart breaks seeing him suffer with this cursed disease every day."

    The young boys skin sheds constantly
    (Image: Indiaphotoagency /SWNS.COM)

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    A dermatologist in the Indian district, who did not wish to be identified, said: "This disease is not treatable, although some doctors say there is a cure."

    Dr Rakhesh, senior consultant dermatologist at Aster MIMS hospital in Kerala, India, said lamellar ichthyosis is one of the rarest congenital skin conditions.

    There is currently no cure, but the condition can be treated with creams and some medications to prevent complications and improve quality of life.



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