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Rare Case of British Woman Suffering from Water Allergy

by Thilaka Ravi on March 14, 2012 at 7:13 AM
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Rare Case of British Woman Suffering from Water Allergy

A 27-year-old British woman cannot cry or sweat because she suffers from an extremely rare condition where she is allergic to water and there is no known cure for her condition.

Katie Dell - a resident of Flint, North Wales - suffers from aquagenic urticaria, a rare syndrome that has affected just 35 people in the whole world, the Daily Mail reported.

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Dell cannot cry because her own tears bring out a painful rash. A bath triggers burning inflammation and she even gave up a job as dance teacher because her perspiration caused a painful reaction on her skin.

"Sometimes I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I have days where I want to crawl into bed and cry but of course, I can't. Someone said I could die from it but I don't want to know about my life expectancy. Until they find a cure I just have to live with it. I'm taking each day as it comes," Dell said.
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Dell's symptoms began at 16 when she had her tonsils removed.

Her 32-year-old husband, Andy, has given up his job as a delivery driver to be her full-time carer.

There is currently no known cure for the condition but Dell is trialling a new drug to try to control her condition.

Source: IANS
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