Medical Definition of Aquagenic urticaria

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 10/30/2018

Aquagenic urticaria: a skin reaction that results from contact with water. Urticaria is the medical term for hives, a skin reaction characterized by red, raised, itchy welts on the skin. Urticaria can be related to an allergic reaction, but its cause is not determined in many cases. The skin changes can come and go, change size, and move to different locations in the body. Symptoms and signs of aquagenic urticaria are similar to ordinary hives. The exact reason why water provokes this reaction in some people is not well understood.

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018
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