Greyscale – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

August 7, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


“Greyscale” is an infectious disease where
the affected areas of the skin take on a “grey”-ish color, and often become dry and stiff, resulting
in cracks that look like dragon “scales” or stone. Now, little is actually known regarding both
the organism responsible and the pathophysiology of greyscale, however, it is known that the
infection is highly contagious and often spreads through direct contact with another infected
individual. The infection generally continues to spread
until it covers the entire body, and that’s why in the later-stages of greyscale, individuals
are referred to as “stonemen”. As the epidermis is destroyed, it spreads
to the muscles, bones, and vital organs, like the brain. Symptoms of greyscale include numbness and
loss of sensation in the affected areas of the skin. As the infection spreads to the brain, mental
status changes can occur, often leading to aggressive, sometimes violent behavior. Although it can take decades, greyscale is
generally fatal. Treatment of greyscale often includes application
of limes, mustard poultices, and vinegar, as well as taking scalding-hot baths, which
are all thought to slow the spread of the disease. In some cases, amputation of the affected
limbs can be performed. Finally there’s debridement, or removal
of the affected areas of the skin, which, in some isolated cases, has been curative. All right, as a quick recap, greyscale is
a progressive skin infection that destroys corneocytes in the epidermis, leading to extreme
dryness and a scale- or stone-like appearance. As it spreads to the brain, it causes mental
status changes that often leads to aggression and violence. Treatment includes application of various
topical agents, amputation, or debridement. Also, greyscale only affects individuals in
Westeros, and is therefore a fictitious disease—April Fools!