As Symptoms Worsen, Parents Find Hope in Kindness of Strangers
Ivy Angerman isn’t even two yet. But, every day, she shows more strength and courage than most adults. In October of 2017, the toddler was diagnosed with a rare allergic condition known as Aquagenic Urticaria. The disease causes little Ivy’s skin to quickly develop hives when it comes in contact with water of any temperature.
The condition requires far more care than no swimming and fewer baths. In fact, even Ivy’s own tears or sweat can cause a painful reaction. Even touching snow (the family lives in Minnesota) causes the toddler to break out in hives. And, while an antihistamine usually helps with a reaction’s duration, it appears the hives are becoming more painful as Ivy gets older. And pain, of course, results in tears which results in more hives.
Our hearts break for this sweet girl. While, at least for now, it’s only contact with water on her skin’s surface that causes a reaction, Ivy’s Mom fears the worse. Her greatest concern is that her daughter could eventually develop an internal reaction to the water in her body as well.
“There are so many unknowns,” Mom Brittany says. “It cause a lot of stress, but we get through it because we have to focus on Ivy.”
Unlike most children this time of year, Ivy dreads the change of seasons to warmer weather because it means she is more likely to sweat. In need of some financial help to install AC in their home and better accommodate Ivy in other ways, the family recently started a GoFundMe page. They’ve been amazed by the generosity of strangers who donate or just write Ivy a note of support when they learn of their story. At the time of writing this story, the fund has reached $36,000 of its $50,000 goal.
“We can’t put into words how happy it makes us to know that strangers care,” Brittany says. “It makes you realize how there are a lot of good people in this world.”