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Girl, Who Loves Swimming, Is So Allergic To Water That A Shower Could Kill Her

Girl, Who Loves Swimming, Is So Allergic To Water That A Shower Could Kill Her

The schoolgoer from Louisiana breaks out into hives even if she sweats or cries.

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You must have heard of peanut allergies and even the ones caused by the sun, but one girl in the United States cannot stand water. The 12-year-old schoolgoer is allergic to water and breaks out in hives whenever she comes in contact with the liquid, even if she cries or sweats. Danielle McCraven was recently diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria, a rare condition that affects less than 100 people across the globe. The keen swimmer from Louisiana had to give up one of her favorite hobbies shortly after being diagnosed with this unique allergy.

 



 

Every time her skin comes in contact with water, McCraven develops an itchy and painful rash, reports Mirror. Now, the youngster has to carry an EpiPen wherever she goes in case she goes into an anaphylactic shock. Not only did she have to give up swimming due to her condition but she is also forced to remain indoors during summers in case she begins sweating which, in turn, could trigger an allergic reaction. Explaining how difficult her daughter's life has become now, 39-year-old mom Sari from Haughton, Louisiana, said, "It's painful and really hard for her."

 



 

"She used to love swimming and she was in tears last summer when she couldn't go swimming with her friends," she continued. Sharing the adverse effects these allergies could have on McCraven, Sari said, "It can cause her to go into anaphylactic shock or it can get into her lungs if she has a bad break out so it is life-threatening." The concerned mother further explained that her daughter is "allergic to bottled water, salt water, tap water" but noted that "she [McCraven] can ingest it." Understandably, her condition has affected the young girl's day-to-day routine as she is scared to do the simplest of things like washing her face or even taking a shower. 

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"It's stressful when she needs to wash her face or have a shower because she doesn't want to do it, she's scared," said Sari. "It scares me when it covers her whole body because it means it's getting worse. I don't know what's going through her head because it's miserable for her." The school-going girl was first diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria when she was 11 after she began showing signs of the condition. She would break out in an itchy rash every time she showered. At first, the mother, who works as a customer service representative, thought that the rashes were caused due to the heat of the showering water. 

 



 

However, she continued breaking into hives more frequently irrespective of the temperature of the water. Unable to understand what the problem was, the two decided it was time to see a doctor. "She was taking a shower over a year ago and she said she thought she was allergic to water," recalled the mother of four. "I told her that's not possible and she must have had the heat up too high. Her feet were all red and itchy and it got worse and worse, but I thought she was scratching or rubbing herself because I thought there's no way a water allergy exists. Then we went swimming one day and she was covered in hives, so I took her to a doctor."

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"The doctor poured water on her arm and watched it develop. One doctor refused to believe she was allergic to water and tested her for everything else. Apparently, it's something that develops in puberty but it's so rare that they don't know enough about it to treat it," she added. Now, McCraven takes one dose of anti-histamines every day. She is required to be supervised in the shower and also carries an EpiPen. "Danielle loves gymnastics but sweat breaks her out and where we live is very humid so she can't go outside in the summer. She takes strong anti-histamines every day but she still breaks out. Now it's just hoping that it doesn't get worse over time because we're scared that the worst could happen," expressed the troubled mother.

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