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Dad Nearly Dies After Contracting Sepsis From Biting Fingernails

Dad Nearly Dies After Contracting Sepsis From Biting Fingernails

It's a bad habit but we've all been guilty of biting our nails at some point in our lives. But the seemingly harmless act can have dangerous consequences - as one dad found out.

Luke Hanoman came close to dying after one nail biting session left him battling sepsis.

The 28-year-old from Southport, Merseyside, has told how he ended up being rushed to hospital after ignoring his symptoms for a week.

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The warehouse operator became ill with flu-like symptoms soon after biting the skin down the side of his nail.

As the days went on he became sicker with his finger swelling until the throbbing was 'unbearable' - but he battled on unaware of how serious his condition was.

Luke said: "I used to bite my nails all the time. It was nervous thing."

"And one day I bit the skin down the side of my nail. It hurt a bit but I didn't think anything of it.

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"I was in work throughout the week and started to get flu-like symptoms which were gradually getting worse."

It was only through the quick-thinking of his mum who called the NHS 111 helpline that Luke was saved - but it was a close call.

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Luke said: "My mum raced me down to hospital. The next thing I knew I was on a stretcher with a drip in my arm. It was a bit of a mad one."

He spent four days in hospital and was monitored 24/7, with doctors saying to him afterwards that he was 'lucky to be alive'.

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The dad, whose sons are five and six, has now fully recovered but wants to use his life and death situation as a warning to others.

When someone contracts sepsis their immune system goes into overdrive and attacks itself causing organs to shut down.
Symptoms can include feeling lethargic, having a high temperature, and fast breathing.

They also include dizziness, diarrhoea, and mottled, blush or pale skin.

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Luke said: "I knew nothing about sepsis before this. I just thought I had a high temperature and maybe a virus.

"I had no idea what sepsis was and I had no idea about the symptoms to look out for. There needs to be a lot more awareness.

"Eventually they got to the infection in my finger and all of this puss came out. I've never seen so much puss before."

Chemist-4-U.com, who Luke works for, is now hoping to raise awareness to sepsis by taking part in Wear Red Day on 18 May.

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Topics: UK News, News, sepsis, Health