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Question Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 1st 2010, 02:28 AM

I am allergic to salt and chlorine water, that has been proven to my family and I many times over. Lately I've been getting really itchy after I take a shower, and where I sit under the water longer, gets covered in hives. I've tried different types of soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, and when I use any combination, I always end up breaking out. I change the towels I use once a week, most of the time even more often then that. I've tried to just stand under the water before without washing my body, and I get the same results. I have extremely fair and extremely sensitive skin.
I've taken showers at my aunt's house and the same thing has happened, she lives in another state. Is it possible to be allergic to water, or is it just me?

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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 1st 2010, 03:47 AM

I know you can be allergic to sweat (even your own) so I suppose an allergy to water is possible. Does anything happen when you drink it?
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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 1st 2010, 04:09 AM

I don't think it's possible to be allergic to water, seeing as our bodies are 70% water or something. But it could be that you're allergic to "hard water", or rather the elements and minerals dissolved in the water. Where I'm from, we put fluorine in our water and whatnot, and I'm assuming since you're allergic to salt and chlorine water, you're also probably allergic to other things dissolved in the water.
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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 1st 2010, 07:03 AM

As Janine said, its more likely whats IN the water, rather than actually being allergic to water. We definitely are like, 70% water... Everything you drink, and a lot of what you eat, has water in it. SO if you were actually allergic to water, you'd always be hiving and sick, ALL the time.

Perhaps try taking filtered water and soaking your arm in it, perhaps the bottled water, or water from a water cooler?

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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 1st 2010, 10:00 AM

I get this too!! My skin never used to be sensitive but it sort of has been in the last couple of years, it's weird And I discovered after showers I would often break out in little hives that would last up to half an hour. Annoying. I googled it a while ago and I think actually a fair few people can get this. I actually can't remember if it's anything to do with water quality or if there's anything you can actually do, so this may be a bit of a useless post, I'm sorry But you could try to avoid really hot showers as the water might affect your skin a bit more then?? Or you could turn down the shower to as cold as you can stand for about ten seconds before you get out, it might refresh your skin a little. You could maybe put some cream on your skin after you gt out and avoid moisturisers or lotions until the hives have settled a little. Either way try not to scratch them because THAT will really irritate your skin and then using shower gels and stuff will end up making it all worse.

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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 1st 2010, 11:28 AM

Hey there,

It is possible to be allergic to water. There's a good article here for those of you who don't know about it! However, it does sound like what you're experiencing is more likely to be caused by the heat of the shower, or something in the water. I would strongly recommend seeing your doctor and asking him!
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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 3rd 2010, 09:18 PM

Yus, it is possible to be allergic to water and basically all you can do to help is avoid long showers and going out in the rain. I believe your doctor can give you creams and other treatments that can help. The best thing you could do would be to visit your GP
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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 5th 2010, 07:30 PM

I believe what you're asking about is "Aquagenic urticaria". I was diagnosed with it when I was around 13 years old because I get allergic reactions whenever my skin has contact with water (This includes sweat, making gym class a pain).

I don't remember what they're called, but my dermatologist prescribed me some kind of pills I took before I showered, swam, etc. They helped a lot. I suggest you talk to your dermatologist about this if it persists (:

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Re: Allergic to water? Is it possible? - October 7th 2010, 10:13 AM

It is possible because I saw this interview on t.v about this girl she's allergic to water when she's in the shower her skin goes red
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