Only a glass of water can kill Heidi Falconer. She had never been in the rain, not knowing what a swimming pool was, never even bathed in.
Heidi Falconer (British) is one of about 20 people in the world who are struggling with an extremely rare disease: aquagenic urticaria, or water allergy. Only a few drops of water on the skin appear blisters, followed by headaches, shortness of breath. A full glass of water will cause her heart to rebel and her life will be threatened.
Heidi often wears a special raincoat when going out.(Photos: Extra daily news)
Heidi is not only allergic to water in the external environment. Even body secretions like sweat, saliva, tears or urine can be dangerous for Heidi if her skin is exposed to them. As a child, every time Heidi cried, the whole family was in turmoil. Even the kiss of a loved one makes her face swell.
Heidi's daily menu includes only dry dishes such as bread, biscuits, dried meat, mashed potatoes. Two drinks that her body could tolerate were pure orange juice and milk. But she could only drink a small amount; and other countries are strictly prohibited. Once, while he was wandering, Heidi took a sip of water. She was severely shocked and was immediately transferred to hospital in critical condition.
For the past 17 years, Heidi has only been bathed once every week for about 30 seconds, saying exactly that she was immersed in water and dried quickly. Previously, every time she went out, she always had to bring a very special raincoat specifically designed to protect from head to toe while still airy.
The strange disease appeared when Heidi was born. Her small body was then full of blisters from amniotic fluid. Heidi's parents wasted their fortune in understanding the causes and treatment. They take girls around the world, asking for the best allergy experts. They also tried the methods of traditional Chinese medicine, but they were all helpless.
The only thing that makes sense that doctors can help Heidi is still just a cream similar to sunscreen, when applied to the skin can help her to contact the water and still be safe. However, it is only a relative measure because if the cream is washed away by soaking in water for a long time or rubbing against clothing, Heidi can be in danger at any time. Even in the best care conditions, she had to apply the cream once every 4 hours to maintain the protective effect. But for Heidi, it is more than having to confine yourself within 24 hours.