- A young woman was diagnosed with a rare water allergy when she was still 10 years old
- Tessa Hansen-Smith is allergic to water, even to her own sweat, tears, and saliva
- When triggered, Tessa develops fever, suffers migraine, and breaks out in hives
- Due to her rare condition, Tessa is only allowed to take a shower just twice a month
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A student has been diagnosed with an extremely rare water allergy called aquagenic urticarial.
KAMI learned that student Tessa Hansen-Smith is even allergic to her own sweat, saliva, and tears.
In are report by the Daily Mail UK, Tessa was diagnosed with aquagenic urticarial when she was still 10 years old.
Now, the 21-year-old still suffers migraines, develops fever, and breaks out in a rash in just a few minutes of being in contact with water.
She was diagnosed by her mother who is a family doctor. Due to her condition, she could only take a shower twice a month. Sometimes, she even finds it uncomfortable to drink water.
Due to the rarity of her illness, there was a very limited data available on the effectiveness of the treatment. To refrain from acquiring the symptoms, the student takes at least 9 antihistamines.
“Having aquagenic urticaria can be a mental game at times - it's hard to take so many tablets everyday knowing that it's not actually ever going to stop,” Tessa said.
“At one point I was taking 12 tablets a day - currently I'm taking nine,” she added.
Aquagenic urticarial is a rare disease that causes rashes when a sufferer comes into contact with water. There are about 50 to 100 people who suffer from this disease worldwide.
However, there is no clear cause of of this condition but it may be from a substance in the water that triggers an immune response.
Most therapies include taking antihistamines, UV light treatments, steroids, and bathing in sodium bicarbonate.
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