Sunday, August 12, 2012
Instead of hair … her skin follicles are producing human nails
Shanyna A. Isom, a criminal justice student from Memphis, Tennessee, says she first saw signs of the condition back in 2009, when she had an asthma attack that doctors treated with steroids.
Unfortunately, Shanyna had an allergic reaction to the steroids, which caused her to develop bumbs on her legs, and her skin tone began to darken.
“And we know it couldn’t be that after all the medication she had been on,” Shanyna’s Aunt, Jataun Isom said.
“They’ve tested me from A to Z and everything was coming back negative,” Shanyna said.
When Shanyna was admitted to Johns Hopkins in August 2011, doctors there determined that she produces 12 times the number of skin cells per hair follicle, which is suffocating her skin.
Instead of hair … her skin follicles are producing human nails. “Where hair grows, nails are growing,” she said.
After spending some time at Johns Hopkins, Shanyna’s quality of life has improved slightly. “I couldn’t sit up I couldn’t walk,” she said. “Now I can walk with a cane and sometimes I can walk on my own.”