A mother-of-two nearly went blind after scratching her nose because of a nasty itch caused by a skin infection that ravaged her face.
Manchester community nurse Anita Clark, 50, was terrified when her face doubled in size and a massive blister developed across both cheeks.
It started after a day of gardening, when Clark was feeling ill and went to bed early.
The next day she was rushed to hospital after her face rapidly began to swell.
Doctors diagnosed her with a life-threatening skin infection called Cellulitis.
The condition can cause sepsis or kidney damage if not treated quickly.
It took nine days on antibiotics in hospital and five weeks of recovery for the swelling to go down, but the woman made a full recovery.
"I was terrified, I wondered if my face would ever go back to normal," she said.
"So much fluid had built up around my face, there was no way of telling if it had gone into my eyes.
"I could have gone blind."