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College soccer player allergic to her own sweat

College Soccer Player 'Allergic' To Her Own Sweat

An Ohio college soccer player had to overcome a strange malady to keep playing - being allergic to her own sweat.

Caitlin McComish has had food allergies since she was a child. While out on a run last May, she started to feel sick. Her throat began to close up, and she had trouble breathing. She managed to call her mother before collapsing.

After going to the hospital, McComish was diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria, a hives disorder that's triggered by sweat.

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests it affects more than 11 percent of the population, although the majority showed only mild symptoms.

As you can imagine, sweat and soccer go hand in hand - the University of Toledo goalie suffered 17 attacks that summer alone. So how does McComish still play without breaking out in hives every time?

Her doctor tried several treatments, such as antihistamines, wearing a cooling vest, ice baths before and after practice, but ABC says none of those worked.

He finally started giving her injections of Xolair, a drug normally used as a treatment for asthma. The drug made a dramatic difference, not only letting McComish play soccer, but also clearing up some of her food allergies.

McComish has been medically disqualified from playing this year due to a different disorder. She says these experiences made her realize her health comes first.

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Stephen April 21 2014 at 9:59 AM

crossing the street puts ones life at risk..........

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Apple April 21 2014 at 1:42 PM

That mean's any activity that causes her to sweat is a problem...wow that is awful

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sabrecepts April 21 2014 at 12:07 PM

It's the CARD we are given and we have to do everything in your power to not let this thing define your LIFE. I also have a chronic disease that I live with evry moment of the day, and while Doctors are great, You must be the constant advicate , and a great listner of your body as well.

I wish you the best of healthful life and LIVE, not mearly survive!


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bewise817 April 21 2014 at 12:24 PM

Soccer did not cause the problem. It was her sweat. This could have happened if she was walking to the movies. Headlines like this will have idiot parents taking their children out of soccer because they sweat or suing soccer clubs for making their kids sweat. Just should have said student had a problem due to an allergy to sweat.

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daviddemarke bewise817 April 21 2014 at 3:31 PM

The reason it is compelling is because it is making it difficult to participate in soccer, I don't think the author is in any way trying to say soccer caused it. Lot's of people have this condition, mostly early-adulthood onset. It's just that most people don't have as much to lose in the sports arena by being limited by the condition as a college or pro athelete in any sport would have.

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jijjhnsn April 21 2014 at 7:12 AM

What a scare tactic article or report? SWEAT AND SOCCER GO HAND IN HAND! How about football (handball), basketball, baseball, softball, track running, and the list goes on. This writers like to scream murder at soccer at every slightest excuse because the sport is gaining ground in the USA over other traditional sports.

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saleswwt jijjhnsn April 21 2014 at 8:10 AM

You completely missed the point of this article..

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olavviking April 21 2014 at 3:04 PM

WHAT THE @#$%^&*&^????....you make it sound like soccer caused it!!....what if it was football or baseball?....ridiculous...headlines carry weight, the media is out of touch...

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Stryyder56 olavviking April 21 2014 at 3:09 PM

I agree, you would think it was something totally related to SOCCER..............so stupid

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hey April 21 2014 at 12:03 PM

why take chances? if I had this allergy the last thing I would worry about is playing sports,, there is a lot of things to do

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petpetdon April 21 2014 at 11:47 AM

At the age of 60, I thought I had heard everything. Allergic to sweat? I know a lot of people in the hood are allergic to work. Maybe they are suffering from an allergic reaction to sweat instead?

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tbplayer44 April 21 2014 at 10:11 AM

Stupid... to risk one's life to play a friggin child's game. Shall we all feign sorrow when she dies from her own actions, knowing full well what can happen? This is not a story of Courage... not at all. What this is, is another example of someone going after their "15 minutes" by publicizing their own stupidity.

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erinjanespca tbplayer44 April 21 2014 at 10:27 AM

Although I agree it's ridiculous for her to risk her like like that, but soccer is NOT a "child's game" just because a majority of American obsesses over football, doesn't mean other sports aren't as important.

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erinjanespca erinjanespca April 21 2014 at 10:28 AM

Wow I apologize for my numerous typos.

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twiggymonsterone erinjanespca April 21 2014 at 1:22 PM

I'm sorry, only 30 percent of the population obsesses over sports. tbplayer44 is right IT JUST A GAME, in a country where over Half of the country is over weight, we should be out playing more games and sitting watching them. Nothing annoys me more than listening to some fat person telling someone how his favorite running back or quarterback didn't move fast enough or is over paid. I don't what sports because it is just a game and in the scheme of things, means nothing, But sports nuts will argue about this being a business and great American tradition. The money wasted on sports could give the military a 100% pay raise or put another 100,000 men and women into the field. Or better yet, extend unemployment benefits for those that don't have a job for a year. The money wasted on college football could pay for another for another 100,000 students in getting their degrees. Sports are great but they are JUST GAMES, they don't make products, they don't feed people, they make some rich others crippled for the rest of their lives. I'd rather have another 100,000 scientists working on solving problems with the world then another football or soccer play 25 million to play a season. Call me narrow minded but sitting at ball game doesn't solve a thing just providing fans a hour or two escape, living through others instead of doing yourself.

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monza866 April 21 2014 at 8:09 AM

So this person is in college and never sweated before in her life? Must have had a very leisurely life.

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creaghdubh monza866 April 21 2014 at 10:51 AM

Or never exerted to a level that caused the severity of the outbreak before. And many of these kinds of conditions are difficult to diagnose, especially in the absence of severe symptoms.

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daviddemarke monza866 April 21 2014 at 11:20 AM

From my understanding, most people develop it later in life. I grew up playing three sports all the way through high school then got an acute case that lasted most of the summer after my freshman year in college any time I'd play golf or basketball, etc (acute gets you for one defined period of time, chronic is with you the rest of your life).

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