Weather of Arabia - What is the sensitivity of water? And what are the reasons for its occurrence? What are the symptoms that may appear on a person with a water allergy?
It is a rare condition that causes a rash to appear after the skin is exposed to water, even when it comes into contact with water containing salt only, through an allergic reaction. Scientists are still unable to find a clear explanation for the reasons for its occurrence.
The symptoms of water allergy are similar to those of other allergies and skin rashes, and women are more susceptible to this allergy, and water allergy symptoms often begin to appear with the onset of adolescence.
And because there are few cases of water allergy registered medically around the world, the available medical information on this condition is scarce.
Symptoms of water allergy begin to appear 20-30 minutes after the skin comes into contact with water, and the following are the symptoms that are expected to occur after such contact:
It is characterized by the appearance of swellings in the hair follicles located in the skin, surrounded by redness that extends for a distance of 1-3 centimeters in the circumference of the swelling.
The rash appears most often on the skin in the torso, which is the upper half of the body, or in the upper arms, and rarely on the soles of the hands or feet. The rash often spreads to other nearby areas of the body that have not been exposed to water.
Symptoms often disappear after removing the skin from the source of the water that caused the allergy for a period of approximately 30-60 minutes.
It was also noted that the symptoms of water allergy are local symptoms that usually appear only in the affected skin area, and it is rare for this allergy to cause systemic symptoms, such as: shortness of breath.
The severity of symptoms of water allergy may vary from person to person, depending on the following factors:
However, it should be noted that these factors are not an established rule, and the response to a water allergy may vary between people. Some people may be hypersensitive to water regardless of these factors, while others may have a lesser response to it.
Although the exact cause of water allergy has not been clearly identified by scientists, there are some proposed hypotheses that are still being researched and studied. Here are some of these hypotheses:
However, it must be noted that these hypotheses are still just assumptions, and need more study and research to confirm their validity and clarify the exact mechanisms of water sensitivity.
Determining the correct diagnosis of water allergy requires consulting a dermatologist or allergist. A doctor can evaluate a person's medical history and perform the necessary tests to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible diseases.
After a diagnosis of water allergy, there are some treatments and medications that may help relieve allergy symptoms. Among these treatments:
However, it should be noted that the lack of recorded cases of water allergy made it difficult to assess the effectiveness of the treatments and medications mentioned. Therefore, a specialist doctor should be consulted to determine the appropriate treatment according to the patient's condition and severity of symptoms.
Water allergy should be managed with caution and appropriate precautions taken, such as avoiding water as much as possible and using protective ointments. It is also recommended to see a doctor regularly to assess and follow up the condition of a person with water allergy.
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