Ohio soccer player is dangerously ‘allergic’ to her own sweat

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WHITE HOUSE, Ohio — A collegiate soccer player in Ohio is dangerously allergic to her own sweat, according to a report from ABC News.

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Caitlin McComish set out for a run in her hometown of White House, Ohio, back in May of last year when she started having trouble breathing and went into “life-threatening anaphylactic shock,” according to the report.

As a child, she had been diagnosed with food allergies. However, this time it was very different.

“I had a really upset stomach, tingly palms and the bottoms of my feet,” McComish said. “I was really, really itchy. It hit me like uncomfortable heat waves. Then I could feel the swelling in my throat, and my tongue got tingly and thicker.”

McComish called her mother moments before she fell to the ground and was unable to see straight. When an ambulance arrived, her throat was nearly closed and she was barely responding to paramedics.

Following several similar episodes, McComish was referred to a doctor in Cleveland that discovered she was having an inflammatory reaction to her own sweat. Doctors said she had a relatively common condition (cholinergic urticarial) in an unusually serious form.

According to doctors, she technically does not have an allergy, rather a hives disorder when her skin is exposed to heat and sweat.

McComish, now a sophomore at Toledo, plays goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team.

Read more: ABC News


  • Bazinga

    So why was this just discovered when she decided to go to college and play a sport? Did she not play a single sport while growing up and never be outside running around to generate sweat and heat????? Bazinga!

    • JT

      I wondered that, too. The best explanation I could find is that body chemistry changes over time, and sometimes this results in allergic reactions that had not existed before.

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