Lee Hong Ki, a member of F.T. Island, has come clean about her battle with a rare illness. Lee Hong Ki made an appearance on the Novartis Korea-operated YouTube channel “Shining Light on Pyogenic Granuloma” on December 18. The man revealed in the video, “I have had a disease called pyogenic granuloma since middle school.”
“It takes an average of 7 to 10 years just to get diagnosed, and it often causes shame, pain, and depression due to frequent surgeries,” he continued, introducing pyogenic granuloma. Because of this illness, regular tasks and social engagements are greatly hindered.
“There were times when I had to cancel schedules like concerts or leave in the middle of a broadcast because of this condition,” he disclosed. It was difficult to take flights, I was immobile, and I couldn’t sing.
“You can’t really do anything,” he continued. Sharing this condition with others is quite embarrassing. “Once, I had a bump that burst without my knowledge, and pus and blood came out continuously,” he continued explaining. I brought along a spare pair of underwear because it was that serious. There was no way to describe the excruciating agony and agony that I felt right then and there.
It was very difficult to bring up the fact that I have this illness when I had to leave filming, couldn’t take a flight, or had to cancel a performance,” Lee Hong Ki said, expressing how difficult it was to talk about the illness. It was humiliating because I had no idea what to say. Even the residents of F.T. Island assumed I was trying to make a rationalization out of it. My shame faded once we discussed the gravity of the situation and made it public.
Take a look at below tweet:
F.T. Island’s Lee Hong Ki confesses he suffers from a rare disease https://t.co/YXGtZDDqW7
— allkpop (@allkpop) December 18, 2023
It can be challenging to disclose this illness to those around you, and I understand that. I am reaching out to those who share similar conditions. It calms you down, though, after you explain everything clearly. I am now able to undergo therapy and treatment with ease. Keep in mind, you are not to blame. Don’t be ashamed or put yourself in a bad light.
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Red inflammatory nodules that dig deep into the skin and leave scars are telltale signs of pyogenic granuloma, the chronic inflammatory skin disease that Lee Hong Ki described. The buttocks, groin, and armpits are common places to find these signs because of the folds in the skin there. There have only been about 10,000 reported cases in Korea, although this condition affects 1-4% of the population in Western countries.
Misdiagnosis as acne or folliculitis is common because people don’t know much about the condition and because of problems like patient shame. Lee Hong Ki (born in 1990) began his career in show business at a young age, first as a child actor. Since 2007, he has performed both with F.T. Island and as a solo artist. You can also join us on our Twitter account to know more details.