MAKING THE WEB A BETTER PLACE, ONE PUBLICATION AT A TIME.

  • RSS
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! It's hard to imagine a world without water especially since 50-75% of the human body comprises of it. However it's even harder to imagine being allergic to the very thing that your body needs to function properly. This is why it may be very difficult to believe what I'm about to tell you. At first it's going to sound ridiculous but the longer I write the more rational it's going to appear.

According to reports from Daily Mail UK, Fox 8 and People Magazine, a 17-year-old Utah teen named Alexandra Allen is allergic to water. Every time she comes into contact with H20, she breaks out in severe hives and bruises.

"It sounds crazy, I know," says Allen. "Since the human body is mainly made of water, how could anybody have an allergy to it?"

Allen experienced her first allergic reaction in 2000 after going swimming; doctors attributed it to the harsh chemicals often found in pools. But when the teen reacted the same year to swimming in freshwater, doctors couldn't find an explanation.

"Lexie broke out in an unbearable rash and had bruises on her elbows and knees because she was bleeding into her joints," her father remembers.

At this point, it was apparent to Allen and her family that she would break out in hives, regardless of what kind of water — fresh, tap, chlorinated — came into contact with her skin.

In 2013, Allen’s younger brother Jonah researched what was happening to his sister on the Internet and informed his family that she might have a rare condition known as aquagenic uticaria. Fewer than 100 cases have been written about since 1964, according to the National Institutes of Health.

A person with Allen’s affliction will usually break out in a rash 20-30 minutes after bathing, Dr. Barney J. Kenet, a dermatologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, told People, adding, "it’s extremely rare — in fact, I've never seen a case in my practice."

To minimize her everyday discomfort, Allen showers only twice a week in cold water and has chopped off her long hair to reduce shampoo time. She also avoids sweating and became a vegetarian to decrease how much oil her body secretes.

There is no cure for aquagenic uticaria, but the allergy medication Xolair does make life easier for Allen.

For now, the college-bound teen is able to drink H20. Though from speaking with an older woman who has the same condition, she knows that in the future, her esophagus could be affected, disabling her from consuming water.

"We joked that we’d both found a way to avoid doing dishes," Allen says.

The teen has abandoned her dream of being a marine biologist, aspiring to be a lawyer or economist instead. Despite her limitations, she maintains her optimistic attitude.

"I know that things could be worse," she says. "At least, I’m not allergic to dogs."

This is just so ---WEIRD and sad. I mean --- she may never get to experience the simple pleasures of going to the beach, going down a water slide or even riding a jet-ski. I feel for her. I really do. There are so many other diseases out there that will most likely be prioritized over this incredibly rare one but for the sake of Lexie and all the other people afflicted with it, I hope that a cure is found soon. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.