Woman is allergic to most things -- including her husband
A Minnesota woman's severe health problem causes her to have an allergic reaction to most things in her environment including her own husband.
Twenty-nine-year-old Johanna Watkins had struggled with allergies her entire life, but when the symptoms began worsening, she sought medical care and was diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome last year, reports PEOPLE.
The condition, for which there is no known cure, involves a disorder of the body's mast cells which work closely with the immune system; one report describes her mast cells as going "haywire."
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A GoFundMe page notes, "She has a current list of over one hundred allergies, including many foods, scents, and various environmental triggers. She has experienced anaphylaxis and been hospitalized more times than we care to count. While we thought our lives couldn't get any trickier, a few months ago Johanna began to develop allergic reactions to the natural chemicals and body odors that people release. Hence, although still happily married, we have been living in separate areas and are unable to be together."
Over the past year, Watkins has spent most of her time alone in a sealed room with air purifiers.
The couple is in the process of raising money on GoFundMe so they can create a safer living space for her.
It is also noted on the crowdfunding page, "In the coming weeks and months, we will be trialing various medications, many which come with high risks and harsh side effects. We are trusting her life into God's hands..."