Actually she can only take two to three short, cold showers a week but it can be expected even drinking water may become a problem at some point in the future. There is no cure for the condition which is thought to be degenerative, meaning that it gets worse with time and repeated exposures. Most treatments are used to lessen the effects of the disease. Aquagenic urticaria tends to affect women more than men, though infantile patients are equally susceptible to this condition. In some cases difficulty swallowing, wheezing or subjective respiratory distress will occur after drinking water.