A 17-year-old teen from Utah has an allergy that NOT a lot of other people have!
When Alexandra Allen was 12, she found out that she's allergic to water and that any contact with H2O will cause her skin to have an allergic reaction.
But despite the strange allergy that the teenager has, she's still amazingly optimistic and has a good head on her shoulders!
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In a recent interview, Alex's father recalled the time his daughter was first diagnosed and what will happen to her if she swims in pools or fresh water lakes!
Her father said:
"Lexie broke out in an unbearable rash and had bruises on her elbows and knees because she was bleeding into her joints. At that point, we were pretty concerned. It didn't seem to matter what kind of water she came into contact with – chlorinated, hard, soft, fresh or distilled. They all caused a severe reaction."
After some testing, Allen found out that she has a rare condition called aquagenic urticaria that makes people break out in hives or welts thirty minutes after going into water.
So while she's had to make A LOT of changes in her life these days - like only taking five minute showers twice a week and cutting off her long hair to avoid sweating - she's speaking out now for a VERY good reason!
"We joked that we'd both found a way to avoid doing dishes. I'm told that someday, my throat might swell when I drink water, but if there's one thing I've learned since getting this, it's that we all have things to deal with in life. I'm hoping that by talking about this weird disease, maybe it will help the next 12-year-old who freaks out because she learns she can't be a mermaid. But I know that things could be worse. At least, I'm not allergic to dogs."
Lolz! So true!
At least the teenager is learning to cope with this strange condition! Hopefully she'll be able to have a normal life albeit one without a lot of swimming pools or baths!
But like she said - it could be worse! And she seems like an awesome kid so that should make everything a bit easier!
[Image via Twitter.]
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