An eczema sufferer sheds so much skin she has to vacuum her bed every day.
Vivienne Hew, 20, from Dublin, who has suffered from the common skin complaint since she was young, is also afraid to leave her house as people stop and stare at her cracked, oozing and bleeding skin.
After developing an addiction to the creams she had been prescribed, she has spent the last three years battling topical steroid withdrawal.
Now, Ms Hew, who is unemployed, is prone to agonising flare ups that leave her in such agonising pain she likens showering to being poured in acid.
She said: ‘I experience really intense itching, almost like it’s coming from the bone. Even showering is painful. The water feels like acid.’