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The family of a little girl who is 'allergic to summer' have had to cancel a holiday abroad in case she has a fatal reaction.
Four-year-old Carys Pickles has a catalogue of allergies, including sunshine, chlorine uses in swimming pools, grass and most ice-cream. She can't even use sunscreen to help with her sun allergy, because her super sensitive skin reacts badly to that, too, leaving her with sore and itchy hives.
Mum Sophie, 25, said: "Summer is meant to be the most exciting time of year for kids, but for Carys it's one of the most dangerous times.
"Ever since she was born she's been allergic to a lot of things, but over the past year it's got even worse.
"We're dreading the summer because there's so many precautions that we have to take to make sure she's not in pain.
"She's even allergic to sun tan lotion, so we have to use a special one for her, and swimming pools, so she can't go in there to cool down.
"And we have to be careful at BBQs in case Carys gets hold of tomato ketchup, as she will come out in a rash."
She was diagnosed with an allergy to sunshine last year, but Carys' family say she has had bad reactions to dozens of things - including cows' milk and grass - since she was born. She's been rushed into hospital numerous times with life-threatening reactions and her parents are worried what Carys' next allergy could be.
"Every day it seems there's something new that Carys reacts to," Sophie said. "It's a constant fear of how bad the next reaction will be.
"When she was five-days-old we had to call an ambulance because she had a reaction to milk, and they've just got worse since.
"It started off as her just getting red patches across her body, but now she can get completely swollen from head-to-toe in five minutes.
"When she's in the sun she not only burns from the heat in minutes, but we also have to keep her at a constant temperature otherwise she will overheat and start to swell.
"So we have to make sure she's covered by umbrellas, has a fan on her and is kept completely cool if she leaves the house, because we don't want to take her to the hospital again.
"She can't even lay on the grass and make daisy chains because the grass brings her out in painful hives."
Sophie and dad Liam, 30, are now searching for answers to find why their little girl is a 'walking allergy'.
Sophie said: "Her allergies are continually getting worse and she has become a walking allergy - there's days where she will react to absolutely everything.
"Despite taking her to numerous doctors, no one can tell us what is actually wrong with her.
"Seeing her go through pain and having to have a cautioned life, without being able to enjoy what other children are doing, breaks my heart.
"We hope that she will get a diagnosis soon so that this will be the last summer that she is intolerably allergic to."
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