What Would Happen If You Were Allergic To Water?

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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!

100 thoughts on “What Would Happen If You Were Allergic To Water?

  1. Wait but when u take out a soda and clean it and leave it on the table water gets around it so dis means that wont he/she will have rashes

  2. Whenever I come out of the shower i have bumps all over my body. My becomes so itchy. And it happens to me when I sweat too. Not too sure about the rain because I don’t go out in the rain. And I don’t think drinking water effects me. What should i do?

  3. Hiw do these people dont have a reaction on the water In their body because 70% of our body is made of water so how do not react to that.

  4. Crying brings you pain, which brings more crying with more pain, also. Particles in the air, or being close to a waterfall. Is deadly

  5. if you kidnap a group of people with this disorder then you can control them with spray bottles 🙊🙊🙊

  6. can't we all agree that you will have the impact since our bodies are made of 70 precent of water

  7. I get itchy and my skin turns red every time i take a shower

    It only happens when I take a shower it doesent do the same thing any other way I touch water

  8. I wnt through that I was getting baby sit after an hour I was hot and I hade bumps on me so I toke a bath but it made it worse my body was so itchy I cried but my mom gave me medicine so I was good

  9. If I had this…

    Me: wants to swim, but is allergic

    Me: gets a frick ton of Pepsi

    Me: Modern problems require modern solutions

  10. Well actually you aren’t allergic to the water you’re allergic to the chemicals that they put in water when they process it it gives rashes and the water in our bodies doesn’t have any chemicals in it that’s why you don’t die

  11. Well I have exema that is a step down from this condition but when I have contact with water it makes me itch I can still drink water tho soooo

  12. My life is hard im allergic to dairy products nuts animals and pollen, grass and believe it or not but when im hot and cold at the same time so basically when the sun it super hot but the air is cold

  13. So….when ur thirsty what will they drink?
    I'm glad I don't have that problem. But there are people allergic to the sun

  14. Oh my god imagine if you hated this allergy so much you cried about it and then you'd feel pain from your own tears

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