Utah girl, 17, has rare allergy to water

April 8, 2015 3:27 PM

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Utah girl, 17, has rare allergy to water

Alexandra Allen had her first allergic reaction to water when she was about 12 years old. She was on vacation with her family, and, after swimming in a hotel pool, woke up to burning itchiness and her skin broken out in hives, The American Register reported.

The 17-year-old from Mapleton, Utah, is one of about 50 known people in the world to be diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria, a condition that causes an allergic reaction when rain, snow, sweat or tears touches the skin. Urticaria is the medical term for hives.

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