28/01/2014 02:33 GMT | Updated 28/01/2014 03:59 GMT

'Celebrity Big Brother' Star Sam Faiers Opens Up About Hospital Dash: 'I've Never Been So Ill In My Life'

'The Only Way Is Essex' star Sam Faiers has opened up about the mystery virus that saw her being rushed out of the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house last week to seek treatment.

The reality star, 23, was taken to hospital last Friday after being struck down with a bug.

Sam Faiers

She told OK! magazine: "I've never been so ill in my life. I was so ill - I couldn't hold any food down for over a week and my face swelled up. I had a virus all over my body."

She added: "I was worried being ill would affect my votes."

It was the second time Sam had received medical attention since being in the house.

Just days earlier, Channel 5 confirmed that Sam - who was sporting a mark on her left cheek after her face ballooned - received treatment in the Diary Room 'for a medical issue of a personal nature'.

Reports at the time suggested she had suffered an allergic reaction to a mystery substance.

A show insider said: “The poor girl looked like something from a horror movie, like an alien.”

Despite falling ill, Sam has made it through to the 'Celebrity Big Brother' final on 29 January.

She will be up against Dappy, Luisa Zissman, Jim Davidson, Casey Batchelor and Ollie Locke.

Read the full story in this week's OK! Magazine - out now. www.ok.co.uk

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