It sounds like something from a horror film: an illness that causes an itchy, crawling sensation all over the body, tiny coloured fibres that ooze out of the skin, and painful sores.
For Victoria Vigors, this began last summer when a strange oily substance ‘leaked’ out of her scalp. After a few weeks, her whole body was affected and, to her alarm, tiny white granules started to ‘come out’ of her pores.
‘I was terrified,’ says Victoria, who lives near Dartford, Kent, with husband Dan, 28, an electrician, and their 15-month-old son Riley. ‘I felt my body had been invaded and I had no idea how to stop it.’