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College student allergic to exercise

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UT student Catlin McComish has an unusual allergy. She's allergic to working out too hard.

Catlin explains When I get to a certain level of exertion..my core body temperature obviously rises....which in turn causes a lot of mass cells to be released which in turn causes me to go into analphabetic shock."

The condition put an end to her promising soccer career at UT. Trainers have tried everything to help Catlin, from having her wear a cooling vest to cool showers. Nothing worked.

UT's team doctor Arun Mathur says it was serious. "She'd get swelling around her mouth and have difficulty breathing."

Experts say many people have milder forms of the condition, they'll see a slight hive rash caused by a hot shower or intense workout. But this milder form goes away after a few minutes.

Catlin's case is rare and kept under control by antihistamines and asthma medication.

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