Luke Hanoman of Southport in the UK nearly died from sepsis after he tore off a bit of skin while biting his nails.
"I bit the nail and it pulled down the side of my nail and got infected," the 28-year-old told BuzzFeed News.
Hanoman began experiencing flu-like symptoms (cold sweats, fever, chills, etc.). His mother called a National Health Service hotline, which recommended he go to the hospital.
Hanoman spent four days in the hospital last July on intravenous antibiotics to treat sepsis, which is a massive immune response to an infection that can lead to a drop in blood pressure, organ failure and death.
1.7 million people in the US get sepsis each year, and 270,000 die from it.
Source: BuzzFeed; photo: Luke Hanoman