A toddler in Minnesota has a rare allergy to water, which causes her to break out in severe hives, according to a report from KMSP.
The condition even affects her when she cries or sweats, and the child can tolerate being in the water for just 15 seconds before she begins to develop blisters.
From the news site: Ivy Angerman of Minnesota is full of energy and curiosity like any 18-month-old child. Her parents say she is a happy toddler except when it comes to bath time. Doctors recently diagnosed ivy with aquagenic urticaria, a rare allergy to water that causes severe hives.
The report continues: Doctors told Dan and Brittany Angerman that Ivy may be the youngest person to ever be diagnosed with the condition. Symptoms normally appear in teenage years. No cure exists but people can learn to live with this condition.
“The problem is that every time your body comes in contact with water, you may have a reaction,” Dr. Clenton Coleman of Holy Name Medical Center told Fox 5. “So the treatment may include antihistamines, like Benadryl, or most likely reducing your exposure to water contact.”
The report also notes: Ivy’s parents say until researchers find a cure, they are doing their best to keep their little girl as healthy and happy as possible.
The condition is so rare not much is known about how to treat it. Only about 50 cases have been documented in medical literature.
Toddler allergic to water – https://t.co/NZmqna9IdR
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) February 22, 2018
18-month-old Ivy Angerman was recently diagnosed with Aquagenic Urticaria, a rare allergy which causes severe hives and rashes. Just 15 seconds of water immersion causes her skin to burn and develop blisters. https://t.co/L9gNKDGTUx
— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) February 22, 2018
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