The parents of an 18-month-old Minnesota girl are looking for ways she can live her life without being troubled by an extremely rare condition.
Ivy Lynn Angerman, of Hastings, is allergic to water, with hives and blisters breaking out if her skin is exposed to it for even short periods of time.
A few days ago, her mother Brittany Angerman launched a GoFundMe page in which she described how they found out about Ivy Lynn's affliction, called Aquagenic Urticaria.
When she was about a year old, Brittany and husband Dan noticed she'd started having "random allergic reactions after bath time."
They took away the bubble bath and shampoos, and even bathed Ivy's grandparents' house and different hotels, but she was still breaking out in blistery rashes.
It was then they took her to the doctor and got the diagnosis, noting that it had gotten so bad she'd break out even when sweating.
Speaking to FOX 9 this week, the Angermans said that Ivy may be the youngest person to ever be diagnosed with the condition, which usually presents when someone is a teenager.
They also told the TV station that Ivy has trouble drinking water, which is a problem that presents to some of those diagnosed with Aquagenic Urticaria, such as this woman who the Mail Online reported was only able to tolerate Diet Coke.
Fundraising for a house move
The Angermans' GoFundMe is seeking help to raise $50,000 to facilitate a house move.
Ivy's condition has been mitigated somewhat by antihistamines that control her reactions, albeit doesn't stop the pain, but long-term she needs access to a source of purified water that she can drink and bathe in.
To limit the effects of her condition, the Angermans need a house with a well, a water purification system and forced air heating and cooling.
The money will also be used for the ongoing monitoring and treatment of her allergy, which can grow worse with age.
About Aquagenic Urticaria.
The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center says the allergy more commonly affects women and typically presents itself towards the start of puberty.
The underlying causes are not known, with some studies suggesting it could be due to the presence of an allergen in water, rather than the water itself.
This is why drinking and using purified water is one of the ways to combat it.
Another possibility is that water interacts with a substance on or in the skin, which in turn generates a toxic material.
Healthline notes that fewer than 100 cases of the allergy had been reported as of 2011.