-- A Florida woman is speaking out about her rare condition, which has left her unable to leave the house during the day.
Julie Reid said she developed a devastating immunological condition called cholinergic urticaria, which causes her skin to become hypersensitive to emotional stress and exercise. If she sweats, cries or simply takes a hot shower.
"It's torture living like this, it's torture," Reid said in an interview with ABC's Tampa Bay affiliate WFTS. "I just feel like a monster now."
She said she developed the immunological condition three years ago when she was working at a gymnastics gym. On a website to draw attention to her case, Reid said she has gained significant amount of weight and had to quit her job because the sweat would cause her to break out in massive hives for hours or days. She told WFTS she doesn't leave the house during the day over fear she could sweat and break out into hives.
"I went from being a gymnast and a dancer, to not being able to walk through the grocery store, during the day, without receiving hurtful stares," Reid said on her website. "It is just as emotionally painful as it is physically."
Reid could not be immediately reached by ABC News for further comment.
Reid said without a job she has had difficulty paying for doctors appointments and has become depressed about her inability to return to her old life.
"I'm allergic to myself," she said.