Ashleigh Morris, from Melbourne, Australia, can’t come into contact with water or she’ll break out in a painful rash. Even her own sweat can cause severe itchiness and pain. Taking a shower has become a momentous task leaves her unable to leave the house for two hours afterwards.
The condition arose when Ashleigh was 14, shortly after suffering from an acute case of tonsillitis. The penicillin she took to cure the tonsillitis but raised the histamine levels in her blood, which was believed to be the cause. However, no antihistamine treatments have worked.
Dermatologists believe that although histamine levels are a part of it, there are other processes causing the condition, known as Aquagenic Urticaria. Ashleigh is one of only a few known cases and has to take cautious measures to make sure she doesn’t break out in a rash too often.
She carries an umbrella with her at all times, tries to stay in air-conditioned places, stopped taking part in physically challenging sports and sleeps with a sheet between her and her boyfriend.