Alexandra Allen, 17, from Utah suffers with the condition aquagenic urticaria, which is so rare it affects just 35 people in the whole world

A 17-year-old teen is so allergic to water that even sweating can cause a potentially deadly burning rash.
Alexandra Allen, from Utah suffers with the condition aquagenic urticaria, which is so rare it affects just 35 people in the whole world.
Showers have to be quick and cold - long soaks in the bath are out of the question because they trigger burning inflammation.


A RARE CONDITION WITH NO CURE
A person with Aquagenic Urticaria is essentially allergic to water.
After coming into contact with water - or blood, sweat and tears - the sufferer develops painful, itchy hives that spread over the affected area.
These can last anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour-and-a-half.
Some sufferers have to lie down to let the pain subside.
Investigators believe the hives are not caused by a histamine release but are the result of extreme skin sensitivity to additives in water such as chlorine.
The condition is extremely rare and is thought to affect around 35 known people in the world.
There is no proven treatment, but dermatologists recommend staying out of the water as much as possible. Sufferers should also take short showers, stay cool and avoid rain.
Dermatologists say those with the condition can ease the burn of the hives with certain antihistamines.

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