Girl Allergic to 21st Century

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Doctors are stumped by girl's severe allergies. Image: sanja gjenero/sxc.hu

According to doctors, Molly Harrad was born about a century too late. The 10-year-old, who lives in England, suffers from a rare condition in which she is severely allergic to just about everything she comes into contact with in our modern world.

Everyday items from cleaning products and soap to plastic and magnets cause Molly's immune system to react, leaving rashes and blisters on her skin. She can't wear normal shoes, socks or clothes or come into contact with carpet. She wears special cotton gloves at all times to minimize her exposure and bathes in a solution that leaves a protective coating on her sensitive skin. She does attend school, but must eat a specially packaged lunch under adult supervision.

The first signs of Molly's sensitivities appeared when she was just a few days old. Doctors diagnosed a milk allergy but were baffled when the blisters and rashes continued. Since that time, Molly has been in and out of the hospital and doctors have been unable to successfully treat her condition.

But not everything Molly is allergic to is of the 21st century. Like many of us, she suffers from outdoor allergies and there are many foods she cannot eat. But it is the man-made conveniences that are most difficult for her to avoid and require her to be constantly on guard.

Until recently, Molly's mother says her daughter has dealt well with her limitations. But as she gets older, her symptoms worsen and Molly isn't handling it as well. She refuses to let doctors touch her and has told her mother that sometimes she doesn't want to be here anymore.

Desperate to help her daughter, Molly's mother is considering a move to Australia where she hopes a different environment and more experienced doctors might ease her daughter's suffering. And despite her struggles, Molly is still hopeful that perhaps some day she will outgrow her allergies and live a normal, pain-free life.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.