Life-giving liquid could be deadly: teen diagnosed with rare allergy to water

By Samantha Luiz
08 April 2015

A 17-year-old teenager suffers from an allergy to water that's so crippling that even sweating can cause a potentially deadly rash.

 

A 17-year-old teenager suffers from an allergy to water that's so crippling that even sweating can cause a potentially deadly rash. Alexandra Allen, from, Utah, USA, was diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria, a condition which is so rare it affects less than 40 people in the whole world. Prolonged contact with water, sweat or tears is out of the question.

'It's both emotionally strenuous and physically painful'

"It's both emotionally strenuous and physically painful. I can't let myself go there."

The teen's showers have to short and cold or she risks developing painful and itchy hives. Sometimes the outbreak can be so painful that sufferers have to lie down and wait for it to subside.

"It feels like your skin has been sandpapered down until there's only one layer left and it itches, but you can't itch it or it will break and burn and bleed," she explained.

She was diagnosed with the condition when she was 15 after coming across a medical site that detailed aquagenic urticaria. However, Alexandra has always known her sensitivity to water was serious after she was admitted to hospital with internal bleeding and painful joints after spending time in a hot tub while on vacation.

Despite suffering from the unusual condition, the teenager is hopeful.

"I think I'm lucky, compared to a lot of other diseases I could have had."

Sources: nydailynews.com, abcnews.go.com, dailymail.co.uk

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