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Having genetic disorder wherein everything has to be cleaned repeatedly. Takes shower thrice. Suggestions?

I have a guest that has beyond special needs. She claims to have a genetic disorder where everything has to be washed, and re-washed, and washed again. All of her belongings must be washed than put into new bags. She had to rent 3 rooms so she could have 3 seperate showers. She can t back track to anywhere she goes due to re-contaimination. After the 3rd shower, she needed to be moved to a 4th room. She claimed she could smell the contaimination on her clean clothes and myself. Should I be worried? Is this something contagious? She said it was like a pig pen effect. (from Charlie Brown) She also claimed that if she went into anywhere where she was dirty she could not return to that place. Is this a real thing?
Asked On : Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Pediatrician, Neonatology 's  Response
Welcome to health care magic.
This sounds a bit unrealistic!
Is she following the doctor's advice!!??
You can ask her what exactly is her diagnosis and then check!
Unlikely to be contagious.
There are few immuno deficiency disorders when one has to be careful with cleaning etc.
Also blood disorders like neutropenias will need one to be away from infections.
But I do not understand the sanctity of exactly 3 times shower,washing,etc.

We have to sympathise with her that she is undergoing this ordeal !

There also some people who have obscessive compulsive disorder who behave in this manner.

A clear diagnosis of her condition from her treating doctor will answer your other questions.
Good luck
God bless
Dr uma
Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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