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Student Allergic To Water Can Only Shower Twice A Month And Is Too Afraid To Cry Or Sweat

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Student Allergic To Water Can Only Shower Twice A Month And Is Too Afraid To Cry Or Sweat

Taking nine antihistamine tablets a day in the hope of keeping her symptoms at bay!

A university student allergic to water breaks out in a painful rash and fever whenever she cries, showers or sweats.

The student, identified as Tessa Hansen-Smith suffers from Aquagenic Urticaria, a rare condition that affects an estimated 100 people across the world.

Tessa Hansen-Smith suffers from Aquagenic Urticaria, a condition that affects an estimated 100 people across the world

Hansen-Smith, 25, from California breaks out in a rash, develops a fever, suffers migraines within minutes of coming into contact with water. Her allergic condition also implies she can’t play sports and needs to be shuttled around her university campus.

Hansen-Smith, 25, breaks out in a rash, develops a fever, suffers migraines within minutes of coming into contact with water

A painful rash on her arm develop after a flare-up and hives develop on her legs after coming into contact with water

Ms. Hansen-smith diagnosed by her mother (a doctor) can only shower twice in a month and finds it difficult to even take a sip of water. Since her childhood, Ms. Hansen Smith’s first signs of the condition occurred at age 8 when bathing frequently caused her to break out in a rash.

Initially suspected to be caused by an allergic reaction from shampoos and soaps, the condition was officially diagnosed at age 10.

Ms. Hansen-smith diagnosed by her mother (a doctor) can only shower twice in a month and finds it difficult to even take a sip of water

‘I am lucky because my mum is a family medical doctor. When I kept coming out in these rashes, her first suspicion was that I was allergic to soap or shampoo.’ Ms. Hansen-Smith said.

Ms. Hansen-Smith, from California, was diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria at the age of ten

Her rashes were initially suspected to be caused by an allergic reaction from shampoos and soaps

She added: ‘Having aquagenic urticaria can really be a mental game at times.  It’s difficult to take so many tablets every day knowing that it’s not actually ever going to stop. At a point, I was swallowing 12 tablets every day, but now I am taking nine.’

Nevertheless, Ms. Hansen-Smith is not allowing her challenges and condition to control her life. She continued: ‘I am determined to be very independent and leave my hometown for college. I make sure I take things one day at a time because some days are even better than others.’

Setting up an Instagram Page to raise awareness of her condition, Ms. Hansen-Smith and her mother realized her condition after making some findings online

Setting up an Instagram Page to raise awareness of her condition @livingwaterless, Ms. Hansen-Smith and her mother realized her condition after making some findings online.

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