This will be one of the craziest stories you’ll have ever heard…in your life. Whether you’re 18 or 83, this is considered the first recorded case of an allergic reaction which has given way to a debilitating, unnamed disorder.
Shanyna Isom, a resident of Memphis, TN, was struggling with her asthma in 2009, when she was prescribed a fairly standard steroid to combat the disease. Within a few hours of taking the steroids, she began itching. At that point, black bumps began to develop on her skin. She sought immediate treatment, but doctors had no clue what they were dealing with. She was treated for everything from psoriasis, eczema and even a staph infection within the skin.
After the illness continued, Isom began to lose her hair. In place of new, healthy hair, her follicles began producing the keratin rich nails which we associate with our fingers and toes. While you may consider the head the place for hair, it is factual that the entire body is covered in hair follicles. Unlike the top of the head, these follicles may only produce a single shaft, but when considering what is growing out of Isom’s follicles, she has been living a life of misery for three years. The skin around her follicles are producing 12 times the amount of skin cells when compared to a normal cycle rate. Ultimately, the largest organ of her body if suffocating itself.
She has been tested for anything and everything, and doctors remained confused and directionless in regards to an official diagnosis, yet they have been able to begin treating her symptoms.