Pregnancy is the most beautiful and wonderful part of your life. The same goes when you are giving birth to your little one. At the same time, there are a few problems or complications that arise, stopping you from keeping your post pregnancy health well. Read on to know how one such complication like water allergy can affect you after you deliver.
What is a post delivery water allergy?
Post delivery water allergy is termed as aquagenic urticaria. This is rare and one in a 230 million condition that affects only 35 cases worldwide. While you usually develop an externally-related water allergy in this condition. some are affected internally as well. Many a time, this makes it difficult for you to even drink water.
Signs and symptoms
A post delivery water allergy affects you either externally, internally or both. Depending on the area or areas the allergy, the signs and symptoms are presented differently. If you are affected in both areas of your body, the signs and symptoms might be a mixture.
a. painful burning, and itchy hives when in contact with water of any temperature
- while having a bath, crying, sweating, being in the rain or snow
- usually five to 30 minutes right after contact with water
- upper body most affected
b. skin contact is difficult with others unless fully clothed
c. small weals i.e. a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure
a. throat swelling or blistering
b. difficulty breathing
When to see the doctor?
Since this allergy is rare, even doctors are still getting to know about it. Thus, it is a must that you consult immediately with either a specialist, dermatologist or your doctor. They will help in diagnosing the allergy in the best manner. Then, creating a precaution plan will be much easier so that you might be able to deal with the struggles and take care of the family at the same time
How long does it last?
Post delivery allergy might be a permanent condition till an effective treatment is found. In addition, different people have a different way of tolerance based on genetics or natural way of life. These might, then, affect the duration of how long the allergy lasts.
As this form of allergy is still being studied, there are no specific causes for it. Even then, doctors have a strong feeling that:
a. hormonal imbalances during delivery may cause the allergy
b. you could also be reacting to an exposure of chemical additives like chlorine where your immune system is permanently fighting back with allergy-like signs
Treatment and precautions
While there is no specific medication or cure available, there are a few things that you can easily keep in mind.
- your doctor will naturally help you lessen and control symptoms through allergy medication like antihistamines
- epinephrines are also a common controlling medication. It increase blood pressure and helps in dealing with swelling, hives or constricted lungs
You will have to make slight lifestyle changes for your family and your benefit. This includes brief and infrequent showers, wearing moisture-wicking clothes as well as being careful of the weather. Similarly, changing your diet so as to avoid too much water content is also important.
In the end, this allergy is a condition that is not contagious at all. Even though it is rare, it is also a condition that can be easily controlled. If you have the support from professionals and loved ones, most of your treatment is already taken care of!