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5 Rare & Surprising Allergies (Slideshow)

 

5. Water.

It’s hard to imagine a life without water. No bathing. No going outside in the rain. No swimming. Crying, and sometimes even sweating, is an unfortunate incident. People with the incredibly rare (though, one allergist suggests, wildly under-diagnosed) water allergy, aquagenic urticaria, have painful headaches and red welts when they come into contact with water.  But how, you might ask, can a human even survive with this condition? After all, our bodies are over half water. Well, the vast majority of sufferers only have problems when their skin touches water — so they can drink all they like, and their own body isn’t hazardous to them.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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11:46AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Thanks.

3:49AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Allergic to water?????

6:26AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Wow! Really opens my eyes - I can't believe how many of these things I take for granted.

11:20PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Always good to disseminate information about the rarer yet not uncommon conditions. Ta.

12:42AM PST on Dec 3, 2013

Hmmm... not sure about this.

8:46AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

my son and niece are allergic to carrots... his pediatrician thinks its actually an intolerance to beta carotene, but carrots cause the worst issues. he does okay with most other orange/red/yellow foods.

12:49PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Got it, thank you!

2:34PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

There are some allergies that I don't think exist. The others are surprising.

11:28AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

I am allergic to slideshows for more than 3 pages!!....
Thank you.

3:22PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Interesting. But I'm also allergic to stupid people.

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WOW...what an eye opener. I'l be forwarding this on to my husband toot sweet!!

You could also ask a pendulum lol or just use commonsense

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