Because it is so rare, doctors and scientists have been unable to pinpoint what causes Aquagenic Uticaria and why. It is also unknown whether or not a cure is possible. The limited data on Aquagenic Uticaria does include some success with medication and other therapies, although it’s been varied.
Cherelle says she had to wait a couple of months before visiting a doctor because she struggled to find a physician that heard of the condition, explaining: “It took a while because the first doctor I saw hadn’t really heard of it and thought I had heat-related hives so it took about three months for me to get an official diagnosis.”
After giving birth, Cherelle was diagnosed with postpartum depression and her doctor believes this, coupled with the pregnancy itself, altered her hormone levels to the point that she developed Aquagenic Uticaria.
She’s not at the point in her condition where she can’t consume water, although that is a possible effect down the line. A two-year-old girl in Minnesota named Ivy also has the condition. Her case is so severe, she is allergic to her sweat and tears.
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