A suffering mum says she is at “rock bottom” after her finger and toenails rotted away due to an undiagnosed condition.
Andrea Calland, 53, has endured a long battle to discover what exactly is caused her symptoms.
The embarrassing condition is so bad that it has prevented her from joining in on social gatherings with friends.
She first went to the doctors when the corner of one of her toe nails began to lift, the Liverpool Echo reported .
The mum-of-one said a nail clipping was taken by her local GP and sent away for testing.
But two results from the same test came back negative.
Andrea was prescribed with cream and she was sent to see a dermatologist where a biopsy was also taken from under her nail.
Again, this came back inconclusive.
However while awaiting a formal diagnosis Andrea’s nails continued to deteriorate.
To her horror all of her finger and toenails flaked and rotted away one by one.
The 53-year-old said: “It is embarrassing. Imagine someone looking down and seeing toenails and fingernails like mine?
“People say ‘oh do you bite your nails’ or ‘what is wrong with your nails?’ It is just awful.
“I can’t wear sandals and don’t even like going out anymore.
“No woman would want to have nails like this, it is just horrible.”
Andrea said before losing her nails she was already battling an eye condition which has “completely knocked her confidence”.
The mum claims in 2013 she suffered an allergic reaction which left her with swollen eyes and hooded lids.
Doctors later said she had Blepharitis – a condition which causes red, swollen and itchy eyelids.
Andrea has endured a long battle through the health system looking for answers.
She added: “I have literally gone from a butterfly to a moth – from hero to zero.
“I used to always be out, I would be at a social gathering every week with friends and in town.
“People used to say ‘do you ever stay in?’ But I don’t do anything now, I don’t go out at all. I just want my life back.”
Andrea, from Wavertree, Liverpool, claims she has been passed from “pillar to post” in the health system.
She said she has taken to treating them herself with a fungal nail treatment but says she has missed out on job opportunities and her relationship has broken down.
Andrea added: “I used to always look after myself.
“I was quite vain really about looks and would have Botox done.
“I did an NVQ in beauty and got a job in a beauty college but I was unable to take it because of all this.
“I had a fiancé but I just think I became too much of a misery and the relationship broke down.
“My nails are better than they were but they are still manky.
“I have to go through such an arduous and delicate process everyday to try and cut away all the skin, because layers and layers of skin just grows back.
“They then rot off, bleed, heal and then regrow.
“I’ve been through hell and just feel stuck mourning ‘ the old me’.
“I just don’t know what else to do, or where else to turn.”