What Would Happen If You Were Allergic To Water?

What Would Happen If You Were Allergic To Water?


Hey there, welcome to Life Noggin! Imagine getting covered in all these painful,
super itchy, red welts every time you drank water, worked out, walked in the rain, or
took a shower. Unfortunately, this is reality for people
with an extremely rare allergy to water called aquagenic urticaria. Since water is literally everywhere, it’s
said to have one of the most detrimental impacts on a person’s quality of life of any skin
condition. For people with this allergy to water, coming
into contact with it induces horrible rashes in as little as 15 seconds. Typically it’s water-on-skin contact that
causes the hives to erupt, but some people can’t even drink it. They opt for things like milk or diet soda
and avoid water, juices, teas, and coffees to keep their skin hive-free. While you obviously can’t avoid an element
that covers 70% of the planet and falls from the sky, people with aquagenic urticaria have
to take some serious precautions when carrying out basic everyday tasks. Like washing their hands for example. They often opt for hand sanitizer and wipes
to avoid running water. Exercise kinda gets thrown out the window
because of sweat. And some people need to bathe in water mixed
with baking soda to avoid a reaction. Even crying is said to be painful. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold the water
is or where it came from, any and all water prompts these symptoms. The hives that come with this condition can
be really itchy and really painful. And the rash can develop anywhere on the body,
but typically, it will show up on the person’s neck, arms, or torso. Rather than sticking around for days like
many rashes do, this one subsides after about 30 to 60 minutes. It’s believed that these rashes appear due
to a release of histamine from immune cells in the skin called mast cells. This histamine then interacts with “itch
neurons” which prompt that scratchy feeling. But other than that, not much is known about
how it works in the body. Less than 100 cases have been documented,
according to a 2011 paper, and that makes it really hard to study why some people are
allergic to this basic component of life that makes up 60% of the human body. Some believe it may be due to additives in
water, but since the welts will appear after contact with even the most purified water,
many don’t think this is the culprit. Others think it may be due to a weird interaction
between the water and an unknown component in the outer layer of their skin. It’s suggested that this then creates a
toxin in the body, but scientists just aren’t in agreement on a cause just yet. This incredibly rare condition is very poorly
understood and treatments for it are few and far between. However, there are some things that’ve brought
people relief. While UV rays typically aren’t great for
humans, there’s a procedure called phototherapy that involves beaming UV rays directly onto
the skin that’s been effective. Some doctors prescribe medications called
SSRIs that are usually used for depression. And often basic treatments like steroids and
histamines are suggested. Science is advancing more and more everyday
and hopefully soon they’ll have an answer as to why this very confusing condition comes
around. Is there another condition you want us to talk about? Let us know now in the comment section below! Don’t forget to subscribe and hit that bell button so you never miss out on a new video! Curious to know what happens to your body when you have an allergic reaction? Check out this video. However increased permeability doesn’t just let white blood cells in, it also let’s fluids out. causing the watery eyes and runny nose that you know and love! *sniffs* I’m not crying. I swear. It’s just allergies! As always, my name is Blocko, this has been life noggin, don’t forget to keep on thinking!

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