Woman Allergic To Water Shares How She Washes Herself
On 15th August 2021
Niah shares her painful experience of washing herself when she is suffering from a disease that bars her from using water. According to the TikTok user, the whole process of washing takes 5-10 minutes but the pain usually starts after washing and lasts for several hours.
Niah Selway, 23 shares on TikTok her routine of how she washes when she is allergic to water.
Taking to TikTok, Niah explains that she has a chronic illness called Aquagenic Pruritus, which results in an allergic reaction every time she has skin contact with water.
The disease has had a disastrous impact on her lifestyle and now she has come up with ways to make the entire process of washing a little bit bearable for her.
She begins the video by saying:
"With an allergy to water, having a wash is really difficult. I'm starting out by taking my blood pressure and temperature, and then selecting my sensitive skin-friendly products."
"I'm taking this dry brush and rubbing it over my skin to exfoliate and get rid of some of the dead skin that builds up on my skin.
"Then I'm jumping in the shower - it usually takes around 5-10 minutes before the pain starts, but once it does, it can last anywhere up to three hours after the initial contact with water. When I jump out the shower, I'm in a lot of pain."
With its content, the video went viral on social media.
Reacting to the video, one TikTok user wrote: "Girl id just have to stink [sic]."
A second added: "I'm allergic to water too but I have a very different reaction, showering is horrible haha [sic]."
Niah shares snippets of her life on TikTok living with the disease
A third wrote: "Wow. I had no idea."
Meanwhile, another person wrote: "Wow this is awful. We take for granted the little things in life we wouldn't even think of. Feel for you so much girl [sic]."
Niah has also launched a GoFundMe to help fund her private treatment at the University of Munster in Germany so that she can have some hope for relieving her painful condition.
The TikTok user says:
"So far, my treatment has been entirely provided by the NHS, which I am so eternally grateful for," she wrote.
"I am, however, reaching the point where they have exhausted their treatment options for my situation and quite honestly, it doesn't feel like they have much belief that they can help me."