This is strange and the nails come out like black scabs and grow imagelike a nail and when one is lost, it replaces itself.  She’s been to Johns Hopkins and the rare disease causes her body to produce 12 times the number of skin cells in each follicle and grows a nail instead of a hair.  They believe the start of the rare disease goes back to when she was treated for an asthma attack and was given a large dose of steroids and she had an allergic reaction. 

This is sad as it is now spreading to her eyes and bones and now she needs a cane to walk and she’s only 28 years old.  She did start a foundation for the disease called the SAI Foundation to help others with mysterious illnesses.  When you watch the vide you can see where her condition is definitely improving from her treatments.    BD

To learn more about the SAI Foundation and how you can help, click here.

August 10, 2012 (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) (WLS) -- A medical mystery: An allergic reaction to medication leaves a Tennessee woman with nails growing where hair should be.

Shanyna Isom suffers from a mysterious illness causes nails to grow out of a Tennessee woman's face.

The illness came on after the woman suffered an allergic reaction to steroids used to control asthma.

Now, Isom is the focus of a medical mystery study at the famed Johns Hopkins Hospital. Pictures show the tiny fingernails growing in patches on Isom's body. Doctors say she produces 12 times the number of skin cells per hair follicle, and that suffocates her skin.

Isom's mysterious illness has caused a financial crisis. She has a quarter of a million dollars in medical debt and her insurance doesn't cover her out-of-state care or a dozen medications she needs to stay healthy. Friends and family members have hosted fundraisers to help pay down the debt.


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