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21 May 2021

Son with itchy body
Whenever my 16-year-old son gets into contact with water either through taking a bath, rain, swimming or just sweat his whole body becomes very itchy the itchiness will last for about 10 to 15 minutes without any rash. I took him to a dermatologist who ran several blood tests which came back negative, with no success. Please help what can I do.
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25 May

Thank you for the question.

This is a difficult question to answer over the net. From your description it seems your son is suffering from what is known as aquagenic urticaria. This is a very rare form of allergic type reaction to water. One can make the diagnosis by applying a wet compress to the skin for 5 to 10 minutes to check if a reaction develops.

Considering the inability to avoid exposure to water and sweat this becomes a very difficult condition to treat. My advice would be to see the dermatologist again or your family doctor to discuss the use of daily anti-histamine tablets and cortisone for more severe symptom outbreaks.

I would also consider running a full skin allergy test patch to be sure that there are no other triggering factors.

I hope the above has helped.

Kind regards

Dr Alek Nikolic

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