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Dermographism - The Skin Writing Allergy

Updated on October 5, 2013

Drawings On My Skin From Dermatographic Urticaria

Dermatographic urticaria or dermographism is a form of physical urticaria, usually due to underlying allergies or possibly diet. It's is my peculiar honour to suffer from this rather interesting form of hives. Dermographism means "skin writing" and anyone who has it knows why. Another interesting name that I've come across, rather less used, is the term Paper skin (It is also known as dermatographism, dermographia, contact or pressure urticaria, urticarian dermographism...)

Dermographia is an indirect allergic reaction to unknown allergens. No-one knows exactly what causes their dermographia - for example, I know that I am allergic to dust, dogs, fungal spores, cats, and pollen - but I don't know which, if any, triggers my dermographism. It is a chronic, underlying condition that cannot be avoided or mitigated completely. It has also been tentatively linked to underlying immune disorders such as Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease and others, but very little research has been done.

It is common in late-teens to early twenty year olds, children (especially young teens) and people in middle age. Triggers have been identified in some cases - certain strong antibiotics, for example - but other cases appear completely random. It can last months or years - for some people, it goes away after a few years, while for others it will last ten or twenty years, or for the rest of their life.

The hives are triggered by pressure on the skin - a finger, a watch, walking on gravel, scratches, bumping into corners, or pushing a trolley - even the repeated pressure of pushing books or papers around (for example, when shelving books or putting letters in envelopes, both regular activities at somepoint in my life).

This pressure causes a welt - urticaria, or 'hives' - to form where the pressure was applied. Which means I get welts in the shapes of my scratches. And it is from this that the name comes... for a quick doodle with a fingernail and a five or ten minute wait produces a message in full burning glory for the world to see. This mass of hives usually lasts around fifteen minutes (but can be visible for up to an hour).

For an allegedly common condition, there isn't that much information available and in this lens I have attempted to describe my condition, the causes, and how to live with it. I have met exactly one other person with this condition (that I know of) and hardly anyone who knows about it - which has led to a lot of soothing explanations for horrified onlookers! As for curing dermographism? I'm afraid I have only speculation to offer. I am seeing increasing evidence (from my research and from the stories people left here) pointing towards diet and digestion, gluten and other things in the system, but everyone's story is different.

It does have its better side. The ability to write on your own skin lends a certain fascinating aspect to Dermatographic Urticaria. For more about this, and the original artist read this section - and you can read a short article on exactly what Dermographism is like to live with, and what it means to me.

The last page has a list of all the websites, journal articles and stories that I link to, or read, in one handy list, as well as pictures of Dermographism from Flickr.

Dermographism is NOT contagious

At all. In any way. You can be genetically more likely to get it, or pass it on, but you cannot infect people.

Do You Have Dermographism? - There's a fire under my skin... Everyone is different, and most of the information for 'new' sufferers comes from people like you!

If you DO have dermographism, or know someone who does, please visit the next page to share your story for other people to learn from!

Well? When you write on your skin, do you get hives? (Assuming you aren't on medication)

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Symbols Emerging

Aaaaargh, why won't my back stop itching?

Looking back, I always had the signs of mild dermographism - itching on the soles of my feet when I walked on gravel, an itchy head which I blamed on nits (headlice) that I could never find - but I wasn't forced to take notice until the year I was eighteen.

In this year, I underwent, or already had, practically every connected factor:

  • I had pale, sensitive skin; mild hayfever (which also increased); a family history of allergies (hayfever, eczema and psioriasis, among others);
  • I was in my late teens approaching twenty; I had recently undergone a major course in antibiotics (maxillo-facial surgery) and was stressed due to the surgery, being unable to eat properly, and in my first full time year of university (along with part time work).
  • I am also the eldest child - therefore less exposed to all the nasties other children bring home and more likely to develop allergies.
  • I also, (possibly), have other associated conditions - the underlying immune issues possibly linked to various conditions such as gluten intolerance, IBS and celiac disease, and Asperger's Syndrome (which I do display many mild traits of).

So, I was in fact the perfect candidate.


I will also mention that I am, and was, not any kind of cleanliness fanatic - no excessive antibacterial ablutions, vaccinations, worries about cats sitting on my head, people coughing near me... I never bother putting anything on my cuts, which my cat gives me a lot of, and if I drop a piece of chocolate on the ground, well, it's proably still getting eaten. I am also very healthy - it's unusual if I take more than two sick days a year, and I don't get much in the way of infections.


In the months after my surgery I noticed that red marks appeared when I scratched. This was a curiosity that I attributed to some lingering imbalance in my body from dealing with the stress. However it swiftly escalated to unbearable itching, and soon I ended up with a mess of welts whenever I scratched or took my watch off, or ... or any of the hundred other things that happen every time you touch.

The welts begin as white marks on the skin, then red marks, which slowly welt up as hives form, then turn white and the skin around is red. It is worse on my body and decreases in visible reaction towards my extremities - my hands get red marks, but rarely the wheals.

This led to a search for both the reason and the cure - we identified my marks as urticaria, ('nettle rash') or more commonly, hives and tried various natural remedies to soothe it. All this time I was trying to attend lectures (and being terribly distracted by itching fits) and shelve books in the library (my hands suffered greatly) and discovering that I could write messages and distract people sitting next to me... (I am exceedingly mature).

And finally I tracked it down in one of our medical encyclopaedias - a brief paragraph describing my condition exactly, and naming it an allergic reaction. From that, it was off to the doctor.

The single other person that I have met with this condition, was a lady a couple of months ago in the library. She was european, late 40s (maybe 50s? People seem to always be older than I guess) and had the welts from scratching down her arm. It had just started up recently, and she didn't know what it was. So it can pop up spontaneously at all ages...

Physical urticaria is easily identified, but the literature usually stops there. One is allergic and one reacts to pressure. This condition is idiosyncratic and has many possible causes, and a variety of names. Treatment is vague and usually involves guesswork or antihistamines.

Watching Dermographism Emerge - Pictures over ten minutes - welts rising on my hand

Progess of dermographic urticaria on my hand
Progess of dermographic urticaria on my hand

I took the chance, after missing my antihistamines for a few days (around Christmas 2010), to finally take some photos. This is a picture of my hand, once every minute or two. The spiral was drawn with the blunt end of a pencil, and took about eight minutes to fully rise.

From top left... white lines, red lines, rising welts with red skin from the activity (and heat and itching) around them, and then the final result - welts and no red around it on the bottom right. This is known as the 'triple response of Lewis' (red line from capillary dilation; flare from arteriolar dilatation; wheal due to fluid).

It stayed there for about thirty minutes, and the white outline was visible for about quarter of an hour more. This isn't usual for me - but I haven't been off my antihistamines for months, so it seems it's changed a bit. Usually it lasts no more than 10-15 minutes.

Hands tend not to react as strongly or as visibly - I used to be unable to create a visible welt at all.

July 2011: I've been cutting out gluten (wheat, oats) and dairy (although not completely) from my diet, as well as managing a whole week without sugar (the horror), and I noticed my reactions seemed to be fading. I stopped taking Zyrtec (a.k.a. Cetirizine) for a couple of weeks to see if this was true, in case my antihistamine was just masking the symptoms. During that time, I started itching and getting welts and then after about a week, it faded away (Zyrtec takes two weeks to get out of your system, and you get withdrawal itchiness during that time as your histamine production sorts itself out and reacts to the remaining Zyrtec). Since then, I haven't seen a trace of my dermographism.

I still take my antihistamines a couple of times a week, because my cat makes me sneeze violently, but I'm needing them less and the dermographism is gone. Currently, I have three theories:

  1. I was intolerant to gluten and/or dairy (it seems that no matter what the problem, gut malfunctions always lead to dairy sensitivity) - however, I've not completely sure, and I've not actually managed to be completely anything-free. But I avoid gluten in my 'regular' diet, though I tend to give up on dairy!

  2. My environment is cleaner and there are fewer allergens around (it's the middle of winter. I still sneeze a lot indoors in rooms I always used to sneeze in, but less the rest of the time). This may mean it will return.

  3. My body has simply 'gotten over it' (another typical - and frustrating - trait of dermographism!)

  4. I'm simply less stressed/run down (it correlates to when I finally finished my postgrad degree and got to relax

August 2011: Aaagh itchies!

While it's still lying fairly low, the itching came back with a vengeance when I was sick, and again more recently. Itching red skin, and occasionnally lines - but no welts. I've also been sneezing a lot... so it could be because of spring. It could also be because I stopped being careful about what I ate and have been eating lots of dairy (no more gluten than usual, though).

Or again, it could be the #$$@#$# side effects of Zetop (cetirizine). I've been off it about four days (despite the sneezing) and I'll see what happens again.

That's me. The human lab rat!

January 2012: It got a bit worse again. I'm still on antihistamines, and it's still cetirizine (it just works best for me, and while it is annoying to come off it, I need it to control the sneezing as much as for the dermographism), but I usually take a pill every couple of days. Again, whether it's seasonal or diet related, or both, I still don't know.

May 2012 Ran out of pills. Welts lasting an hour. Send help!

But what I can say is that:

1, Moving to a place where I was generally less allergic to stuff helped.

2, Messing around with gluten, dairy and sugar did seem to cause changes, but I haven't been able to keep to a strict enough diet for at least three weeks to be absolutely certain which were to blame and how much they affected me.

3, Antihistamines are still the best way for me to keep it under control, and it generally only interferes when I either run out, or someone sees a red line on me and panics.

Nov 2012

I've switched back to Loratadine (Claratyne) from Cetirizine (Zetop) as I was concerned about depression and actually being allergic (or something) to the damn stuff (specifically a higher rate of sneezing and sniffling when on it, and insane itching when I try and get OFF it, and of course the fact my dermographism seems to just be getting worse). I've had depression, attention span, fatigue and weight gain issues for the last two years or so (not obvious at the time, but looking back I'm pretty sure something has been going on. I have been on the Cetirizine for about four years now, I think. Maybe three!). Please note that this is anecdotal. None of these have been huge enough for other people to really notice, though I may just be good at covering them. And even if my problems are real, they may not be caused by this, (other possible causes: diet, lifestyle, SAD, it's all in my head, actual immune/medical issues such as my dermographism going crazy all on its own). But as it's the only medication I'm taking and I CAN'T not take antihistamines, this seems to be the best way to see if its having any unpleasant side effects.

Claratyne isn't as strong for me, which was one reason I changed from it to Cetirizine. But as I live in a much less allergenic house now (and have a better diet) it should usually be enough. I am having to take it more often (daily, whereas I had the Cetirizine every other day). I don't sneeze half as much.

After I've been on it about a month (to give the Cetirizine time to get completely out of my system and to have a chance to see what only being on Claratyne looks like), I'm going to try stopping it and seeing what my dermographism looks like.

I will note that I'd rather be on the Cetirizine than nothing. It stops me getting sore/itchy throats, the sneezing is manageable, and it's strong enough to suppress its own symptoms. The only problem is when I run out - and I aim to discover if that's Cetirizine's fault or not (although there's plenty of anecdotal data online to suggest it is). It seems to be much stronger and more effective than Claratyne (kicks in a lot faster and definitely stays in my system longer; one reason I didn't take it daily was I found that I built up a 'buffer' of excess antihistamine in my system). Of course, this makes it harder to get rid off, as well!

Jan 2013 I've been on Loratadine for nearly two months. It covered the withdrawal symptoms of Ceterizine, which now appears to be completely out of my system. The Loratadine isn't as strong, and I had to take it every day as it wore off quickly, taking three (or even four!) pills on very bad pollen days (which are thankfully pretty rare).

I stopped taking Loratadine around New Year's and have been off it for a full week. I have minor itching/burning, and redness (it looks like a rash when I scratch) but very few welts. It's aggravating enough that I want to take my pills again, but it's not as severe as expected.

Current theories:

- low allergens due to season and diet and environment (I am also not sneezing much), so my dermographism isn't flaring up, quite separately from antihistamine issues.

- the last of the antihistamine is still in my system / it takes my body a while to 'restock' the excess antihistamine, and it's all going to explode on me in another week.

- my worst problem was indeed the cetirizine (I mean, one hour welts is just ridiculous!) so now it's all settling down again.

I guess I'll find out!

(Oh, still avoiding bread and dairy, but not consistently, and minor traces in a lot of different things).

Later in Jan 2013

Now I'm off antihistamines and not reacting much, I've been able to identify some of my symptoms as acid reflux, not allergies (asthma-like breathing issues when lying down, chronic cough, sudden sore throats - I seem to get genuine allergy sore throat reactions as well, but I was able to identify that many of them aren't).

The Difference Between 'Normal' Hives and Dermographism

Is all urticaria a dermographic reaction?

Hives are a standard feature of allergic reactions. If you are getting hives, this means that there is a histamine reaction going on. How and when they appear is what determines exactly what you are suffering from.

For example, if you had cold urticaria, drawing an icecube down your skin might produce a line, and falling in a cold pool might cause most of your body to swell up.

But if you had a violent allergic reaction to strawberries, you might pop up with spontaneous hives all over your body, or a rash, or your throat might swell up due to internal hives.

Physical urticarias means that the reaction is caused by a physical trigger such as touch, and then your body reacts in that particular spot. Random hives and rashes means that the problem is something else.

Treating Dermatographic Urticaria - I just want it to stop!

Some people are lucky, and it doesn't hurt. Good for them.

However, for some people, it hurts. Many have it disappear after a few months or a couple of years. But in the meantime they have to live with it - and believe me when I say 'living with it' is barely an option. I have trouble opening door handles and walking! Leaning back on a chair leads to a half hour scratching marathon. Brushing my hair...

So how to fix it? As far as I know, you can't 'fix' dermographism. But you can lessen the symptoms to a bearable level.

There are five possibilities that I have discovered:

Take antihistamines every dayAvoid the allergens.Herbal/Natural Remedies and Holistic Solutions (Detoxification and other things)Phototherapy (to be researched - although this is apparently only a short-term cure, so not actually useful for most people, and the only sites about it seem to be companies offering it)

You may be able to find more information in the links below, but I think I've covered everything. And I always want to hear if something worked for you.

Photos of My Dermographism

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Harry Potter scar!Tictactoe anyone? The grid has been there an hour...
Harry Potter scar!
Harry Potter scar!
Tictactoe anyone? The grid has been there an hour...
Tictactoe anyone? The grid has been there an hour...

Art on Your Skin - Ariana Page Russell - An artist who uses her dermographism to create artwork

Dermographic urticaria art from Ariana Page Russell
Dermographic urticaria art from Ariana Page Russell

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Ariana Page Russell is an artist who uses her dermographia to create designs and patterns and photographs them. She then uses the photographs to create more art and designs.

She has some fantastic photos of some of the skin writing she has done, and has been interviewed below.

(I would draw your attention to the part when she says it does not hurt - for many people it does.)

Ali Yakubov - miracle or hoax?

This video covers the story of Ali Yakubov and discusses Dermographism about halfway through

"The story of little Ali Yakubov a Dagestani toddler who has been made the center of attention in a region desperate for hope. Is Ali a sign from God, or a hoax? Watch the video and decide."

Antihistamines - Take an antihistamine every day, keep the doctor, insanity and itching away,

As the urticaria is basically a histamine reaction it can be easily countered by taking antihistamines. I was prescribed the antihistamine Loratadine (sold over the counter as Claratyn or Claritin) which I took once a day, and saw an immediate improvement.

I was prescribed it once a day, but took it in the evening as well, as my hayfever and respiratory allergies had also increased. It took two or three days for it to work completely from scratch - and now if I stop taking them, it takes a couple of days to wear off completely. Non-sedative v sedative antihistamines

There is relatively little to choose between different antihistamines. The need to avoid sedation may affect which kind is picked. Combination H1 and H2 blockade may be helpful. Many antihistamines block histamine weals despite not preventing attacks; presumably because histamine is not the only mediator. Use continuous medication if attacks occur regularly, and as required if attacks are sporadic. Loratidine, mizolastine, fexofenadine and cetirizine are the most useful antihistamines for urticaria.

I have now had this condition for four years. Occasionally I stop taking my pills for a week to see if it's still there. It always is. It does not affect me from day to day, while I take antihistamines. I still get the red marks - and often have to explain to others that I did not hurt/scratch/burn myself - but I do not feel them. It might go away in a month, or a year. It might not.

Brand names, active ingredients and subsidised medicines

Often different companies will sell exactly the same medicine under different brand names. Look for the active ingredient, not the brand name. This may or may not affect which ones are subsidized or available over the counter - please check with your local pharmacist or doctor for more information, if you plan to buy this regularly. Please be aware that the anti-histamines can cause the usual terrible list of side effects. I have never noticed any, but they do exist. Please read the warnings on the box. Both the ones I discuss here are non-sedating.

Kirkland Signature Non Drowsy Allerclear Loratadine Tablets, Antihistamine, 10mg, 365-Count
Kirkland Signature Non Drowsy Allerclear Loratadine Tablets, Antihistamine, 10mg, 365-Count

Loratadine, also known as Claritin or Claratyne, is a non-sedating antihistamine that only needs to be taken once a day. Claratyne relieves symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, (hay fever) such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose, and burning or itchy eyes. It is also used for the relief of symptoms and signs of chronic urticaria, (hives) and other allergic skin disorders. It is not considered addictive.

 

An Alternative Antihistamine - But the pills are still little and white...

Your body can build up an immunity to your antihistamine - if it no longer works, or if you suffer side effects, you might want to try a different kind. This year my doctor switched me to Cetirizine - (the current brand name is Zetop on my box, Zyrtec online). This was a precautionary measure, as I had been taken Loratadine twice a day for three years, rather then the recommended once a day. And possibly because the funding changed and this one was better subsidized.

I did trial another one, but it didn't work very well, and I can't remember the name... Razene, I think. Apparently that works well for other people.

Members Mark Cetirizine Allergy, Tablets, 350-Count
Members Mark Cetirizine Allergy, Tablets, 350-Count

A classic case of check the ingredient, not the brand name - Cetirizine is the active ingredient, and this product is effectively identical to the more expensive Zyrtec brand.

 

Avoiding the Allergens - Does removing the allergen fix dermographism?

Firstly, this involves identifying what you are actually allergic to (or if it IS an allergic reaction). If you can't do that, then you can't avoid them. Some people have reported tremendous success with avoiding dairy, for example. My allergens however are environmental and many.

I recently had a perfect test case for this option - I went travelling overseas, back to visit my family in the UK, and at one point forgot my antihistamines.Now, the thing about my home is that I have evolved perfectly to be allergic to everything in the area - the cats, the neighbour's dogs, the dust, the mould growing under the plaster in my walls, and of course, the bush. New Zealand is quite bad for allergies, due to its humidity - and of course, I blame the bush itself. I end up sneezing violently two steps into the treeline. I suspect the invasive weed Tradescantia (also known as Wandering Jew, Purple Heart and Purple Queen) may be partly responsible - it grows everywhere and spreads a lot of spores around, which have been implicated in allergy attacks. Unlike pollen, spores (usually from moulds and fungi) are released in damp and humid conditions, at any time of the year.

And the thing about England was that, especially in winter, none of these allergens existed. Three days with no antihistamines and I had never a sniff. Not a single smidgen of hayfever. Nothing in the way of allergic reactions.

Oh wait.

Within two days, I was itching. Within three, I was going mad. Lack of obvious allergens did NOT stop the dermographic reaction. Or not exactly... I never got the dreadful welts, just the itching and burning, red lines and occasionally tiny hives.

So in conclusion? It might have worked, if I'd held out for another week or been in a certifiably 'pure' environment.The hives don't appear as much, the dramatic welts aren't there...But the itching and burning doesn't stop - and that's the important part.

Where Am I Now? Allergy Free Environments CAN Cure Dermatographic Urticaria

Since writing this lens, I have moved out of home and into a flat (yes, I'm a student!) away from the bush, the mould, the dust...

My dermographism almost disappeared. I still sneeze, I still get red lines - even welts, if I've been carrying something heavy. But I barely notice it. I forget to take my antihistamines for a couple of days, until the sneezing starts.

When I go back to visit, I take my antihistamines because after 2-3 days, the welts return.

Dermatographic welts on my arm from leaning on something
Dermatographic welts on my arm from leaning on something

Allergies caused my dermatographic urticaria

I should also mention that my diet has changed slightly (less gluten), and while we do have cats around (an outdoor one and a kitten that we caught from a litter of strays and now follows me everywhere, and climbs on me at every opportunity, the quick turnaround when I go back up to the bush makes me think it's definitely allergy based.

Edit 1st January, 2011: I got caught without my antihistamines while around home and my welts are back and most aggravating. Oddly, they are now lasting up to a full hour, especially on my arms.

Antibiotics and Digestion

One theory I have seen, that seems to fit many cases, is that antibiotics destroy the stomach enzymes and digestive bacteria, causing your body to over-react to certain foods or allergens.

Natural Herbal Remedies and Holistic Solutions - Do they work? Can I avoid the chemicals?

Most of the sites I've found about dealing with Dermographism usually promote some form of 'All Natural Product' - however I cannot tell you if they work. Also, many natural remedies (apparently) require time to 'balance' you, so to speak.

While I would like not to be taking pills everyday, I'd enjoy the alternative a lot less. And so I've been a little leery of attempting any holistic experimentation. What I do know, and have tried, I'll describe here.

Firstly; there are theories that it is a symptom of underlying immune problems,

These are possibly tied to Celiac disease, thyroid disorders and gluten intolerance (which are also linked to Asperger's Syndrome, something else I have mild symptoms of). If you have any of these conditions, addressing them may help your dermographism.

I have seen suggestions that people try immuno-depressants - or change your diet and see what the effect is. While this does make sense, I DO NOT KNOW what truth there is in this, what steps you would have to take, and how long the process would take to help you.

Secondly; Nettles and Urticaria

Urticaria is taken from the name for the nettle genus Urtica, due to the similarity to the nettle rash caused by stings from the Stinging Nettle. The rash is actually very similar in cause, effect and treatment (anticortisones and antihistamines) to allergy hives.

When I was first trying to identify my symptoms, my mother found out that I was displaying urticaria (we didn't know this was just the name for hives) and bought an extract of nettle for me to take a few drops of, every day. I have also tried drinking nettle tea (bought in the UK, not available locally in New Zealand) which was frankly rather boring. For both the 'nettle' related products, I noticed no particular difference.

Thirdly; Soothing the Hives

The last thing we tried was balms for the welts - violet and chamomile, with oil and beeswax, from the local market. Violet to heal and chamomile to soothe itching... I applied them on the welts and yes, they worked. The itching was soothed and this lovely cool greasy balm smelt nice, so I took to carrying it around. Of course,that didn't last long, as they didn't stop NEW welts - which meant I just ended up with very greasy skin and still itching. They would have been very good for eczema or psioriasis, though. There's also Kukui Oil, which does not make your skin greasy and is apparently very soothing.

Fourthly; Acupuncture

I only know about this from what I have read, but acupuncture has long been used by the Chinese to address skin conditions. Studies report improvement for acute (short term) urticaria, but nothing conclusive for chronic urticaria.

The Immune System, Antibiotics and Dermographism - Gluten and Digestion. A common connection - a possible cure?

Dermographism is basically an exaggerated response of the immune system to certain substances. It is the same thing that happens with allergies - overproduction of histamines - which is why antihistamines help. It is controlled by the immune system, which is probably why it appears connected to many immune disorders.

However a common theme in many cases is antibiotics and food intolerances. Strong antibiotics destroy the bacteria cultures in your stomach - which is why you should eat yoghurt when you take them to replace these! It is entirely feasible that they have an effect on your digestion and immune system reactions.

Several anecdotes from people - and there really are only anecdotes - have had success with identifying certain foods that they are very sensitive too (sugar, dairy or gluten, tend to be the commonest) and avoiding these, or by 'cleansing' their systems, over a month or two of careful eating to purge their systems and replacing the missing bacteria or giving themselves a chance to heal (it is all speculative).

This article on just how bad gluten is for you points out that it can lead to autoimmune disorders - which is basically what dermographism is. (It's a chapter from the book The Paleo Solution, which you can find below)

The Paleo Solution - Give it thirty days.

The blurb on this is ridiculously over-promotional but the reviews bear it out and I was impressed with the chapter about gluten that I did read (linked above and again here if you're curious). Gluten is attracting an increasing amount of suspicion... sadly pasta is so is easy to cook!

Books About Allergic Urticaria and Antihistamines You Can Buy - If you need more information, or have enough to act on, these may be what you go to next

Because dermographism is such a 'straightforward' problem, there isn't much written about it. And because it is rare, non-fatal, and mostly mysterious, once you have identified it as dermographism there isn't much more information out there, except from people's experiences. These books are the only ones generally available that are of any use.

the antihistamines are a very good investment, however, if your dermographism is allergic in nature. I can't survive long without mine! I have to - depending where I'm living - take between 2 a day to one every three days, and I cannot go longer without the pain and itching coming back too strongly to cope with. I get three months supply at a time from the doctors, which is a lot of pills!

If you do decide to try the detox/bowel cleansing route, please take care - especially if you are pregnant, on medication, or have pther health issues. Also remember to take some form of probiotics (yoghurt, at the very least) to replace the bacteria cultures in your stomach afterwards. I've looked up a few books to start with - hopefully they'll help if you do try this route (and I'd be interested in hearing what happens).

The Best It Gets - Minor Urticaria - I scratched my arm just now before I started writing ten minutes ago, and got two red lines - they're just fading to pink..

The given percentage of the population with dermographism is supposed to be 5%. And yet it also appears to be a very rare condition... how can both be true?

My theory is that the 5% includes everyone who reacts in some way - not just the dramatically whealing and welting people - are included in that number. My brother and my mother both get red marks from scratching at their skin. They exhibit very minor dermographia. They do not get hives.

They look like this

In fact, they are nearly comparable to the red marks I get when on antihistamines, or when I am in an allergen-free environment (note: for the former, I do not usually itch, for the latter, I definitely do.) While my marks last longer, they look the same.

For an example of the amount of welting - the standard amount when on antihistamines or when not constantly breathing cat fluff or pollen, the video below is pretty close.

Furthermore - every time she scratches her nose, or brushes her hair back, or touches her face? Everytime that happens, there's a chance she's caused a red mark to appear. Now imagine walking around with scratches all over your face...

Natural Remedies or Go to the Doctor? - What works and what's worth it when trying to cure Dermatographic Urticaria?

While being forced to buy antihistamine medicine longterm is a pain, and possibly a strain on the wallet, at least they work. (I get mine prescribed, and therefore save through the funding for prescribed medicine and by going, as a student, to the subsidised University doctors). There are many stories floating around of miracle cures - no two alike, and more believable allevation of symptoms from homeopathic remedies or cutting certain foods out of your diet, such as milk. Some people claim that certain drugs increase and perpetuate their dermographism.

I do not know what is available in your area, but both the antihistamines I take are available both on prescription and over the counter in the UK and USA, as well as on Amazon - check the wikipedia articles or talk to your local pharmacist (chemist) or doctor for updated and relevant details. For homeopathy, I really do not know. One aspect of homepathy is that what is right for each patient can vary significantly, so even if something had worked for me, it might not be right for you.

Has anything ever worked for you? Is it worth the time and effort?

Is it worth trying a homepathic remedy?

No. I'd rather trust the antihistamines

No. I'd rather trust the antihistamines

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    • SlurpeeMonster 2 years ago

      Ive had this disorder for 25 years. Never going to shake it. Came close i thought once many years ago. Damn thing came back with a vengance!! I have always used perscribed meds. I use the generic drug hydroxozine. First the orange 10mg. Then for more years then i remember, the green 25mg and just recently went ip to the red 50mg. I would take 6 at a time of the 25mg. Usually once a week sometimes twice. Withvthe 50mg i thought inwouldnt have to take as many. WRONG!!!! In the last 24 hours alone ive taken 16 / 50mg softgels. Still very itchy!!! Keeping me awake. Gonna have to talk to walmart pharmacy tomorrow and see if they gave me older, less effective pills or find out what the hells going on. There are many worse things to suffer from, but not as you want to go to bed and sleep and your skin feels like its crawling and is itchy all over. Scratching is an extremely temporarely solution, causes more problems really. I swar if i ever win the lottery im going to have several teams study exactly how this works and the various causes and cure the damn thing

    • Fonzie 2 years ago

      Ive had the condition 25 years now. Gonna have it for life. Many years ago, it seemed to slow. Not disappear. Then it came back with a vengeance!!! Ive been on perscription hydroxozine (think that's the generic drug name) and just within the last 2 weeks went up from 25mg to 50mg. 50 isn't working at all!!! I normally take 6 / 25mg softgels a week. Usually works. Thought getting the 50mgs would mean taking fewer pills a week. This weekend has been HORRIBLE!!! In a 24 hour span ive taken 16 / 50mg softgels and i can't stop itiching!!! Gonna have to talk to walmart pharmacy tomorrow. Maybe pills i got were old and not as effective. Either way i paid a lot for something not working at all. Wanna trade them for the 25mg and ill take the 6 at a time. There are worse things in life to have but not when your skin feels like its crawling or just is so damn itchy. Skin being your biggest organ is it?? Always worse at night around bedtime. If i ever win the lottery gonna get some team on this damn issue fulltime to get it cured

    • Jody 2 years ago

      I've had dermagraphism for over 20 years. If I forget to take my antihistamine before bed I start itching by the next afternoon. I still itch some even with medicine but it's not too bad. Most of the itchiness is on my head, palms, inside nose and throat. I haven't been able to cut out sugar, dairy or gluten because I have no willpower. I just started messing with essential oils and probiotics and I think they are helping!!! I take lavender, peppermint, lemon in a capsule and it seems to soooth the burning itches. It's only been a couple days and I've heard it takes a couple weeks to make a difference. I've also rubbed some of the oils mixed in avocado oil inside my nose and it helps a lot!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      fuck only recently found out i had this, i hate it, i have no pain, but whenever i go to the beach, i usually find after emerging from the water, people looking at me like i have lepracy, i kinda hate it

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      For me it is easier to do the antihistamines, but I must say when the weather changes or I am just coming out of water using goldbond spray works wonders. It is amazing in helping with the itching and pain. Absolutely worth it. And I must say I feel so much better knowing that there are others out there just like me and that I am not alone!!!!!

    • bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I guess my biggest concern with homeopathic remedies is that I don't know enough to understand how a new concoction might interact with other medications and supplements I already take. So, I leave it to someone who is (hopefully) better educated!

    • MojoMOM 5 years ago

      Though I chose this answer, I believe in trying anything if it will work. Both I and my husband have allergies. Mine are more nasal while his are more of this skin marking, hives, and all that's here. I take antihistamine's daily now and this keeps most of my problems at bay. I do have bad flare ups occasionally and will add a decongestant for a few days to avoid sinus infections. This is as good as it gets for me. Sometimes I succeed in beating infection, others not so much. My poor husband is plagued with this skin marking and hives all the time. I am one to attest that I feel it is (or can be) diet related. When we eat healthier (by this I mean more paleo/primal) both of us feel better all the way around. After eating a bunch of processed carbs (pizza, pasta) and the like, my husband will be broken out in hives within 20 minutes and have skin marks anywhere anything has touched him. If he just leans on a counter with his elbow it looks like a bad blood red mark for awhile until he takes an antihistamine.

    • MojoMOM 5 years ago

      Though I chose this answer, I believe in trying anything if it will work. Both I and my husband have allergies. Mine are more nasal while his are more of this skin marking, hives, and all that's here. I take antihistamine's daily now and this keeps most of my problems at bay. I do have bad flare ups occasionally and will add a decongestant for a few days to avoid sinus infections. This is as good as it gets for me. Sometimes I succeed in beating infection, others not so much. My poor husband is plagued with this skin marking and hives all the time. I am one to attest that I feel it is (or can be) diet related. When we eat healthier (by this I mean more paleo/primal) both of us feel better all the way around. After eating a bunch of processed carbs (pizza, pasta) and the like, my husband will be broken out in hives within 20 minutes and have skin marks anywhere anything has touched him. If he just leans on a counter with his elbow it looks like a bad blood red mark for awhile until he takes an antihistamine.

    • Kay 5 years ago

      My first instinct is yes but, we had a bad experience with homeopathic teething drops in my son. He ended up getting quite hurt because they causes such acute dizziness. With myself I might experiment. With my children, no way. I learned my lesson.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I take Claratyne for my itch, which started around 2 years ago, i'm not really sure what it is, but it just itches like crazy and i never bleed or it never hurts, just itches and when i use Claratyne, the itch stops but i still have the dermographism. I'm not really sure what the itch is, might be hives. So i don't know if its the antihistamine thats causing it, because if i stop taking it, i will just be itching the whole day.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      if you actually homeopathic remedies then no.... would I try naturopathic remedies? Yes, I would. Homeopathic remedies are diluted over and over with water and depend on the 'natural energy' of the mixing of the solution to work... the more they are diluted, the more concentrated they become.. that's just stupid and anybody should realize the idiocy in that ( I hope).

    • madoc 5 years ago

      The prescription antihistamines are possibly derived from original herbs or other folk medicines that had the essential chemical in them. But the homeopathic stuff ALWAYS has other stuff in it too, so one should be very careful.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Homeopathy is nonsense, pseudoscience at best. It is NOT the same as natural remedies. Homeopathic "remedies" are diluted so many times that you'd be lucky if you get one molecule of the original substance. They are a waste of money. Natural remedies are usually fine, and they may work for you. Please educate yourself about homeopathy.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      It could be hurt

    • clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Most antihistamines are fairly benign and most are OTC, I'd go that route.

    • SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      If regular medicine failed, yes

    • MagpieNest 6 years ago

      Depends whether you're susceptible to the placebo effect. I'll go with antihistamines for my cat allergy (sorry Flynn ;-)

    • religions7 7 years ago

      Personally I only try homeopathic and natural remedies to complement medicine. Medicine sometimes gets rid of MOST symptoms, and natural medicine takes care of the rest. The opposite is not a scenario I've experienced.

    • justholidays 7 years ago

      I'm subject to allergies and tried homepatic remedies which didn't work at all on me - 'cause I'm a so nice person, lol. So, I rather use antihistamines... maybe less healthy but work.

    Definitely!

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      • Sara 2 years ago

        I was diagnosed with dermographism and it turns out I had Candida overgrowth too. The solution for me was to get off Zyrtec and erase ALL SUGAR from my diet. No carbs, no fruit, no alcohol, no grains... Plain and simple: eat fresh vegetables, meat, fish, Quinoa, Millet, or Amaranth. Within 2 days my dermographism was gone. My nasal was clear, better mood, more energy, and lost weight.

      • mayraborcea 4 years ago

        I love homepathic medicine! It really works!

      • rattie lm 4 years ago

        Given that you have an ongoing problem with this, I would certainly prefer homeopathy as opposed to conventional medicine. Conventional medicines can be very nasty. Have you thought about the Ketogenic diet? I am in the throes of writing a lens on it. It's a very low carb diet with NO SUGAR.

      • FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

        @rockinpicks Oh I believe you! I discovered that I'm actually allergic to the most effective antihistamine I use(d), though it's nowhere as serious as your reaction.

      • Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

        I am not trying to be funny. I am allergic to antihistamines. They have a rare side effect that causes muscles to contract. If I take them I can actually stop my heart. I think I would be in serious trouble if I had this. Fantastic lens. So much interesting info. I have heard of this as I am a Nurse but never saw it before.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have had dermographism for about 7 years. Doctors advised that I would have to take antihistamine pills daily, which I did (Allegra stopped working, switched to Zyrtec, then milder Claratin). Last year I decided to get off the pills but the itching drove me crazy after one day, no matter what I did. Tried topical stuff like tea tree oil, but I practically had to bath in it to get relief. Then last fall, a friend gave me a small bag of herbal tea purchased from a First Nations woman living nearby. She calls her business Wild Harvest Native Teas. So I tried 1/4 teaspoon twice a day and stopped the pills. I couldn't believe it! No symptoms for 3 days! Then 5, now only take half a dose 5 mg once a week. To test whether it was just my condition was getting better, I stopped the tea and within a day, the symptoms came back. The particular herbs in my tea are stinging nettle, mullein, clovers, fireweed and yarrow. I only need 1/4 teaspoon of this a day. I make sure the water is not boiling hot before steeping as I was told it destroyed the potency. This is the first relief Ive had in 7 years and now hope to eventually stop the pills altogether.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Absolutely!! I 110% believe in Oils, but you have to research the oil and get Therapeutic Grade! Oils are amazing and are even referred to in the bible! I would rather put something from a plant base on my skin, or ingest than all the chemicals that some scientist has concocted!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Clear aloe Vera gel (you can get this at Walmart) is the only topical solution that stops he intense itching and will make the raised lines or hives go away.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I read drinking vinegar and water for a few months get rid of it! I'm optimistic , so we shall see

      • Purasilk 5 years ago

        Homeopathy is a controversial topic, as no one can say with any scientific certainty exactly how it works. Skeptics have insisted that it doesn't work at all except as a placebo effect. While I tend towards the skeptic myself, I do admit that I have taken homeopathic remedies for a variety of ailments and have experienced almost miraculous relief from them -- on occasion. Sometimes, I will fully admit, they don't seem to work at all.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I cannot overly stress that when the hives/dermographism appears, rubbing Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is, for me, the best treatment to stop the itching/burning, elevated skin sensation. J L Taylor

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        A close friend contracted dermagraphism, just as I, after a regimen of Cipro. He, like myself, believe there is a correlation of sugar intake. After two years of taking a potent probiotic and avoiding sugars, he seems "cured". He still is wary of sugar intake

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I have to avoid sugar. I highly recommend trying coconut oil to stop the itching promptly.I have lived with and self researched this disease for two years thus far. JLT

      • KittySmith 5 years ago

        Absolutely. My brother in law is a pharmacist. When I saw his diploma which in Latin says he is trained in the Art of Poisons it became very clear to me. I prefer giving my body and nature the first opportunity to heal itself.

      • fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

        Yeah, I believe in these natural remedies.

      • PennyHowe 5 years ago

        Always worth a try. The fewer meds you can put in your body, the better in my opinion.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I finally found the word (urticaria) for what has been plaguing me. I get these itchy spots on my back, waist, sides of torso, shoulders - all places hard to reach! Can't find any common denominator, but I gently scrub or wash the area with tempid water with a back brush. The brush helps the itching, and the water seems to "clean" the area. Itching barely lasts a minute, but may pop up in other areas. Doesn't last long tho and I don't take any medicines for it. I thought, at first, it might be caused by nuts, then dairy, then hair sprays, then bath soap, then drying off from a bath with a coarse towel, too tight waistbands or bras, but it's so erratic to really know. Thanks for your information tho - it is really helpful.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think it's worth it to try any solution considering that there has been very little research, and as a result, very little understanding, concerning this condition. Personally, I have found that a mixture of allegra and singulair keep the actual hive formations to a minimum; though, I still get red marks from everything I touch. The itchiness is kept to a minimum unless I miss one or both medications...then it's itchy hive city! Just a note, I also have significant food allergies (gluten, corn, soy, nuts, beans, lactose, so on and so forth) and have anti-fcer1 antibodies...which means I also have inflammatory bowel disease. So, I maintain a very strict diet. Back to the point, I'd recommend you try allegra if you haven't already; but, if you find a homeopathic remedy that works, please share! :)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Once this was diagnosed I realized that I've had it for years - physical uticaria mostly resulting from pressure of an arm against a leg or against the other arm. I needed to apply a Rx cream on palms and soles, and in order to hold my foot up, I would use pressure against the arm on that side, and soon a 3.5" raised hot itching welt would bloom. It lasted 30 min, and Cortaid applied over the welt prior to doing the cream routine would prevent the welt.

        Now that I know I have it I finally found a way to save my back and still apply the cream - lying on my bed, with knee bent, holding my foot up in the air, bringing it close enough to get the cream on the sole of the foot. Looking for a cure.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I have pretty severe Dermagraphism and I can say that I have tried a natural remedy called QBC-Quercetin, Bromelain, Vitamin C Complex and I have found that it helps. It takes a while to interact with your system. I also take singulair and I find that it helps as well, especially for fast relief. Taking antihistamines for the rest of my life is not something I would like to do...so I'm always on the search for other possibilities.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Absolutely. You can always go back to the allergy meds later if the natural remedies don't work.

      • bames24 lm 5 years ago

        Homeopathy is a good way to get treatment for problems that do not seem to get better with conventional drugs...

      • jseven lm 6 years ago

        I would go natural any day over synthetic drugs. Antihistamines have side effects that can diminish your nutrients and they leave me feeling dry and groggy. I dislike drugs a lot.

      • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I think they do wonders but sometimes, I have to take antihistamines as well.

      • Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

        I would try anything to try to get rid of it. homeopathic remedies too if I thought they would work.

      • EpicFarms 6 years ago

        Absolutely! I can attest (as a scary Christian chick ;o) that God states in the Bible He gave us everything we needed on earth, and it was definitely before the pharmaceutical industry got here. Not to mention the scary side effects that go hand in hand with "modern medicine".

      • HealingOil 6 years ago

        I would go for the homeopathy myself...

      • photofk3 6 years ago

        For a thing like this, iti s definitely worth trying a hoeopathic remedy, though I must admit I never heard of dermographism before.

      • Fox Music 6 years ago

        What could it hurt

      • myneverboredhands 6 years ago

        I trust in homeopathy, it can cure everything as long as remedies are correctly, individually selected for each particular patient for each particular case.

      • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

        Sure. But then I've used homeopathic remedies for some things in the past.

      • sunnymars 6 years ago

        Eat anti-inflammatory foods instead of antihistamines... salmon, ginger, turmeric, avocados, flax seed and evening primrose oil, fish oil. Avoid inflammation-causing foods like potatoes, rice, bread, dairy and basically most white carbs.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        One should keep trying. Ayurveda and Homeopathy are the alternative remedies for skin diseases and have been successfully treated some of hte rare diseases.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        YES! Homeopathy cured me of asthma - extract of lobelia was one of the remedies.

      • norma-holt 6 years ago

        many natural products do wondrous things which medicine can't do and the medications doctors precribe are usually based on them anyway, although now artifically produced in labs.

      • jolielaide75 6 years ago

        hey I currently take the antihistamines, but if homeopathic remedies work, then I would take them instead.

      • ctavias0ffering1 6 years ago

        Homeopathy works and I far prefer my homeopathic remedies than the side effects of 'conventional' medicines.

      • solmaan 6 years ago

        very interesting lens very impressive well done.

      • Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

        If you are one of the people who has the bad side effects from antihistamines it would definitely be worth it to try natural remedies. When you're suffering sometimes you have to be open to using remedies you wouldn't have considered otherwise.

      • Delia 6 years ago

        Definitely! As an alternative it can help. This country is so behind in Homeopathic treatments. My cousin is a well known Homeopatic Doctor in Austria and has a high rate of success with his patients. It's noting new, ancients times had it and it worked. I see new articles discovering things that are homepathic, but they don't say that.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I would recommend trying Colostrum and Bee Pollen and I know both are readily available at home (NZ) and also are available in top quality. I hope you either 'grow' out of it, or find a way to manage it at least to the point where it causes you no discomfort.

      • thetruthtosixpackabs 6 years ago

        very informative lens thanks for the information. I have never heard of the term so I guess you do learn something new everyday.

      • Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

        There's no reason why one has to toss out modern medicine when supplementing with alternate methods. In a hundred years, a lot of "alternative" medicine will have undergone enough controlled testing to have entered the annals of standard medicine. You just have to be a little more careful and let your doctors know, assuming you have good ones, so you're not double-dosing (St. John's Wort + asthma inhaler, for example, can be too much stimulant). My doctor always checks current research and recommends homeopathic remedies when deciding how to treat my sinusitis or any sort of health issue. There is a ton of medical research being done right now on homeopathic remedies and alternative treatments/medicine to discover which work and why.

      • Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

        I don't have this problem, though I do have problems with gluten intolerance.

        I have used homeopathy for another condition with very positive results. I would say that if you are considering using homeopathy you don't diagnose yourself but work with a qualified homeopath.

      • sheriangell 7 years ago

        I had excellent results with homeopathic remedies for dermographia as well as other ailments!

      • Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

        A few homeopathic remedies have worked for me, but they're not the "miracle cures" that I had hoped for. I think it's hard to choose the correct homeopathic remedy but it's quite powerful when it happens.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I would say yes, if all else has failed.

      • Abseaz LM 7 years ago

        I think it's definitely worth giving homeopathic remedies a shot. I remember when I had a condition called Post Nasal Drip, I took homeopathic pills for over a year and it made a tremendous difference. It doesn't work for everyone, but it's more healthier and less expensive (usually) so I always try it first (maybe not for a year though!) and then move on to prescription drugs.

      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        We always try homeopathy first.

      Dermographism affects the skin, and its ability to be touched. - The importance of holding in our insides

      Skin

      The skin is one of our most important organs, and also possibly the most sensitive. It is vital for touching, feeling, and not leaking. Skin protects us against pathogens, and reduces dehydration. It insulates us, sweats, provides vitamin D, scars, blushes, burns and wrinkles up. It is used as a visual form of communication - we are judged by our skin, be it colour, health, attractiveness...

      Dermatographic Urticaria

      Dermographia interferes with our ability to touch and be touched. Out of control scratching can cause damage to the skin. Ugly red marks influence other people's judgements and reactions.

      Touch

      Touch is an incredibly important part of human development. Touch deprivation has a hugely negative impact on the behavioral, health and physiological development of people - up to, and including premature death in babies.

      Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin
      Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin

      This highly readable work does a wonderful job explaining the significance of touch in the physical and emotional life of humans. A better understanding of touch can alter the way we interact and is especially important to health care workers.

       

      Expressing Yourself: Body Art and Skin Writing - Body Painting, Henna (Mehandi), and Tattoos

      From henna, to tattoos; painting pictures on yourself in pregnancy to painting pictures on others in love; inscribing meaningful words on your skin in statement and in appreciation - expressing yourself through your skin has an important and beautiful role in human culture. Peter Greenaway's Pillow Book describes the story of a young woman whose life revolves around the words her lovers write on her body

      Tattoos and Dermographism - Can I get tattoos if I have Dermatographic Urticaria?

      Tattooing involves pressure on your skin. This means hives and welts will form and as the skin will distort while the tattoo is being applied. If the skin swells and bleeds too much, the tattoo will be permanently blurred and distorted. As dermographism is often due to other underlying issues, such as autoimmune disorders, there is also a higher chance of your skin rejecting the tattoo ink.

      But can you still get a tattoo if you have dermographism? The answer to this is 'maybe' and talk to your doctor and tattooist. Dermographism leads to a higher risk of distortion, scar tissue and uneven take-up of the ink.

      You will need to consider what exactly causes your dermographism and how severely you will react. You can minimise the problem by taking antihistamines beforehand, and an experienced tattoo artist can probably work around the welting. It may also be a good idea to have a small test tattoo done. Also remember that tattoos itch when healing! You will have to be very careful not to scratch it - much more careful than most people.

      Looking through the scientific and medical literature (the joys of being a student) I found one anecdotal study from 1973, which observed that dermographia was greater in tattooed areas. K. V. Thiruvengadam, K. Haranath, T. S. Sekar and K. R. Rajagopal. 1973. The British Medical Journal, (4), 5893, pp. 674-675

      And did your dermographism interfere?

      Have You Ever Gotten A Tattoo?

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      Delayed Pressure Urticaria - A Slower Form of Dermographia

      Delayed Pressure Urticaria is similar to dermographism, except that instead of an immediate to ten minute reaction, the hives may not appear for three to twelve hours after the instigation and then lasts for hours more. Because the reaction is much greater, it can also lead to generally feeling very ill for a day or two.

      I know of one person in real life who has this condition, and it appeared to be triggered by a surgical implant. He had to go on cortisone to control it, but has since switch to homeopathy.

      Can Allergies Be Cured? - Some can.

      Chronic allergies can spiral into all kinds of other health problems. While I have never tried to 'fix' mine, as they are quite bearable, this is the best book I've found on the subject of curing one's allergies.

      Please read the comments for specific cases and reviews from numerous people who have tried the NAET method. Most of them are highly positive - Be warned, though, that it is apparently designed to work in conjunction with a trained practitioner, and if you do not have access to one, I'm not sure if this will help you. (From the comments, NAET practitioners exist in the US, Australia and Britain - and probably other places as well).

      Say Good-Bye to Illness (3rd Edition)
      Say Good-Bye to Illness (3rd Edition)

      THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK as I had thought. As the doctor notes on page xxxv :The framework of this book is drawn from a formal dissertational I submitted as a basis for my doctorate degree"

      This information is not helpful for treating people who live too far from a NAET practitioner or who may not be able to afford care. As the doctor states on page 28, "This book will teach you how to test yourself and locate your problem. STEPS OF TREATMENT ARE NOT GIVEN HERE BECAUSE THAT IS BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THIS BOOK. NAET TRAINING IS LIMITED TO ACTIVELY LICENSED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS ONLY"

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      This was my second time buying this book. My first one has traveled through many hands and has yet to return. The information is so intriguing and validating. Most of my childrens allergies have been treated and elliminated and their health problems have disappeared-just as I hoped they would after reading this book and going through these treatments. The technique described (NAET) is phenomenol. It works. I just wish I didn't wait a year to call the Doctor in our area who performed it. Literally this is medicine of the future.

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      Stories of people having rid themselves of plaguing pains and illnesses and how NAET successfully eradicated health conditions like peanut anaphylaxis, allergy to shellfish, constant sciatic pain, food allergies, hives, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, colitis, lactose intolerance, hay fever, bronchitis, asthma, dust allergy, eczema, hair loss, arthritis, osteoarthritis, sports injury, psoriasis, lupus, bed wetting, allergy to dairy, PMS, sinus headaches, migraines, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, osteoporosis, diaper rash and so many more which all help the reader truly understand the miracle that is NAET.

       

      When Did Your Dermographism Appear?

      Did you first get it as a child or not notice until your forties?

      Dermographism is common in children, and early teens after which it supposedly clears up. however I have also read authoritative statements claiming that the late teens-early twenties is the mostly likely time for an outbreak. and again, it is said to be common throughout mid-late life

      Help figure this out and tell us when your dermographism appeared? (If you are answering this for another person, such as a child, please pretend you are answering AS the child, as you can only vote once per IP or Browser or Squidoo log-in)

      When did you first notice your dermographism?

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      Do You Have Gluten In Your Diet?

      Just testing a hypothesis here!

      If you read through the first section, you'd see there was a section on diet, immune disorders and gluten. It's all conjecture and people's personal stories, unfortunately. However, there does seem to be some sound science against gluten - grains, oats, quinoa, anything like that.

      So I'm curious, do you have gluten in your diet? (And most of us do, so it doesn't prove much). Did you ever try cutting it out? (And it would have had to have been about three weeks or more to count).

      Do you have gluten in your diet? Or did you cut it out and see an improvement?

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      Sweeten the Statistics: What About Sugar?

      Another common culprit. Maybe.

      Sugar's something else that often gets blamed, and a few people have said they've seen improvements - as long as they don't eat it. Or occasionally, if they don't eat it for long enough to give their body a rest or a cleanse, then they're fine.

      The problem is, people who cut out sugar are more likely to be eating more healthily anyway - and exercising! So they'll be less fatigued, possibly eating less of other foods, drinking more water... this muddles the issue somewhat.

      Have you tried not eating sugar? Did it make a difference?

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      Did Dairy Do It? - Or does your dermographism remain undecipherable?

      Have you tried not eating dairy and was a link found to your dermographism?

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      Were You On Antibiotics Before Your Dermographic Urticaria Occurred?

      Antibiotics appear to be a common 'trigger' - but how common?

      One of the things people tend to mention a lot when describing their experiences is that they were on antibiotics shortly previously - and as you may have read on the previous page, this may have an lasting effect on you by destroying your stomach cultures and from there to your immune system by increasing your 'internal' sensitivity to certain substances.

      On the other hand, it may just be coincidence. It's possible that getting sick/infected is what triggered the reaction. I don't think it was co-incidence in my case - I can't remember the last time I took antibiotics apart from the major surgery that preceded my dermographism, but one person doesn't prove anything!

      Were you taking antibiotics when, or shortly before (ie within half a year) of noticing your dermographism?

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      Do You Have Any Other Auto-Immune Disorders?

      This is an awfully vague question for a frustrating area of medicine!

      The label Autoimmune disease covers a long list of accepted, suspected and possible conditions.

      For example: Coeliac Disease, Diabetes mellitus type 1, Lupus erythematosus, Narcolepsy, Psoriasis, Ulcerative Colitis (one of two types of idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease "IBD")

      Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kawasaki's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia are all suspected Autoimmune diseases. Being on the autism spectrum has also been tentatively linked to both genetic and autoimmune disorders.

      Have you been diagnosed with any autoimmune disorders or diseases?

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      Are You Allergic to Anything Else?

      Or are spontaneous skin welts your only flaw?

      Dermographic urticaria is anecdotally linked to allergies, immune disorders and food intolerance - all issues with the immune system reacting too strongly, or against the wrong thing, but there's no common feature of all of the stories. It doesn't help that sometimes allergies and food sensitivity can be hard to identify!

      Do you have any known allergies or sensitivities?

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      Does Anyone Else In Your Family Have Dermographism? - Is yours genetic? or are you just unlucky?

      Do any of your relatives have dermographism or any (possibly) related conditions?

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      How Long Did Your Dermographism Last?

      How long have you had it for? How long until it went away?

      Outbreaks of dermatographic urticaria can last from days to years, appear once or recur frequently.

      How long did your dermographism last for? (How long have you had it for, if you still have it?)

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      Or did you find a cure?

      Do You Still Have Your Dermographism?

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      Was it worth taking antihistamines for your dermographism?

      Did Antihistamines Help You?

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      What About Gender?

      Is there a bias for dermographism sufferers?

      While most of the (very short) medical blurbs about dermographism claim that females are more likely to suffer this condition, anecdotally I haven't seen a difference (the stories online seem as likely to be from men as from women).

      Edit: The results are 3/4 female so far. Of course, that could mean women are a) more likely to be researching Dermographism and finding this page or b) to be answering polls!

      What is your biological sex?

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      Will you share your story about dermographism?

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          Christine 2 years ago

          I developed dermatographism when I started college back in the fall of 2011 and it hasn't gone away since (now April 2015). I think the stress triggered it. I seem to get more itchy when I am stressed, but any kind of physical contact that is more than usual (ex: bumping into the corner of a table, popping a zit on my face, scratching an itch, plucking my eyebrows) results in welts forming in the exact pattern in which my skin was irritated. If I write a quick note on my hand to remind me of something, the skin underneath the ink will become raised for about 30mins-an hour. When I am particularly stressed about a certain situation (ex: final exam/job interview) I develop hives on the palms of my hands and soles of my feet which are extremely painful and make it impossible to stand/walk or do anything with my hands. The worst is probably at night because the itching keeps me up, especially if i cannot reach the area like my back. I also don't think that I could have my eyebrows waxed if I needed to be in public afterwards because the swelling welts would be really strange looking.

          When I first went to the doctor, she told me it was "rare" but that there was nothing she could do for me. Another doctor just brushed it off. Since doing my own research, I have been taking OTC antihistamines when the itching and pain gets out of hand. I also try to moisturize frequently with unscented lotions, as well as take calming baths (Aveeno makes an oatmeal bath product that is very soothing).

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          tisury1 2 years ago

          In Sept 2011, I went out to California for my 3rd back surgery. Less than a month after the surgery, I start breaking out in large welty hives. I was sent to an allergist, who while taking my history, stopped and used the stick end of a Q-tip and wrote something on my arm. He didn't explain, just continued to take my history. In less than 5 minutes, it turned into a bright red itchy hive. His theory was that I had an allergic reaction to something specific (possibly the sutures used in surgery) and then my body had a hyper reaction - namely demographic urticaria. I was put on both Allegra and Zyrtec. The doctors did not seem concerned or even interested in finding out what the original reaction was to.

          Even with the antihistamines, I would have reactions, just not as frequent or severe as before. If I sat on the couch, my back would break out. If I crossed my legs, my inner thigh would be one giant hive. Brushing my hair made my scalp itch like crazy. And on and on. I tried to research this, but as you said, found very little information other than telling you what it was and some pictures of people who did skin writing or art. I guess there are varying degrees of severity, because I would not write to cause a reaction on purpose - the itchy and burning feeling were intense and would sometimes last for hours, even after the welts started calming down. I spent a small fortune trying every anti-itch spray and cream I could find. About 3 1/2 months later, it just stopped.

          I was so relieved until about a week ago. I started having mild reactions and tried to tell myself I was paranoid, it wasn't coming back. But it is back with a vengeance. Almost 3 years since the first episode !! And oddly, the first time was the end of Sept. also. I dread going through this again and not knowing how long it will last. I found your web page and was surprised how many people have this problem cause no one I know has ever heard of it. Thank you for all the information. I am hoping I can find something that will help me deal with this better.

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          xxandra 3 years ago

          oh, and i've tried drawing everything i saw on this site on me, its pretty cool... i find drawing over a drawn welt/spot/line makes the welt bolder and more pronounced. drawing small handwriting/curves is difficult though, since the skin drags..

          *** i drew a noughts and crosses game on my thigh, pretty cool...

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          xxandra 3 years ago

          oh man! i've been drinking freshly squeezed grapefruit juice like crazy (5-6 cups a day) since i threw away the alkaline water thinking the juice will restore my ph and counteract whaterver that alkaline water did to me, (i've stayed up all night trying to figure up whats wrong with me), and i just discovered grapefruit is an alkalizing fruit... :( its probably helped my making the hives worse...

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          xxandra 3 years ago

          I got mine after deciding to try alkaline water. 8.8 ph... i drank 2 tall glasses, walked into my room, and a few minutes later broke out in hives.. terribly itchy. i didnt know what it was then, i dumped the rest of the alkaline water, but the condition still persists.

          and no, drawing my skin doesnt hurt.. just a tingling sensation, and i can feel its presence.. The ones that hurt/itch are the ones that crop up by themselves.. and mine seem to be both random and pressure induced. any kind of pressure, anywhere.. say pressure from wearing socks.. or my hand on a desk..

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          imranmohd 3 years ago

          @anonymous: i m also suffering from this, i have this condition from last 13 years. not only this bcoz of this i also now have skin dryness n i mean really dry. first i have iching then it started to get red n then swell. i m looking for solution if u found it then please share with me my email id- imranmohd@yahoo.com

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Eu tenho dermografismo desde quando nasci, eu acho. Eu nunca me senti incomodada por ter a doena. uma curiosidade que, quando mostro para as pessoas, elas querem logo escrever em minha pele. Nunca tomei nenhum medicamento pra tentar controlar os verges. s vezes, meus amigos falam que tem verges em meu rosto. Eu no sinto dor ou coceira, ento eu no sei quando eles esto l. bom saber mais sobre essa reao e saber que existem outros casos como o meu. Tenho 17 anos e moro no Brasil.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have it and my brother has it too! I am 41 and he is 43.. I got it the day I gave birth to my last baby, about an hour later.. ravished by this terrible itch..i thought I might be having an allergic reaction to a medication but I went home and it didn't get any better.. I came up in huge welts that I had to take photos of so the dr could witness it.. as did my brother.. I am concerned about using anti histamines everyday of my life but can not function without them.. I have since had another baby and for about the first year of his life I didn't have it anymore!! very exciting... but its came back now and in the last 6 months I am back to a antihistamine every second day.. will be everyday soon I am sure.. I have never had an allergy of any sort, never suffered from hayfever.. or allergic to meds, animals etc.. I am concerned it might be a sign of an underlying health issue that will pop up later in life.. I am thinking about doing a immune suppressant treatment to try to rid myself of it.. I was told pregnancy is kind of like immune suppressant and it did go away but it is now coming back with a vengeance!! lucky me!!

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          Jenn Ashton 4 years ago from Canada

          Yes I have it! It developed about a year and a half ago and my allergist diagnosed it right away when he wrote his initials on my arm! ;-) I have been on Hydroxyzine ever since, it is the only things that works. When it was developing every day (and night) was a nightmare. My allergy test came back negative but for greatly increased histamine response.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I can't find it either. If someone does find it on line could you please post a source? Thank you.

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          mayraborcea 4 years ago

          I have never heard of dermographism before...I enjoyed reading your lens and I learned a lot! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have had skin Writing for approximately 3 years now.

          I have never had any allergies before this.

          I was a dedicated martial artist with training up to 25 hours a week.

          There was allot of physical contact and the training was extreme.

          I belive that I ended up with skin writing because of the pressure I put my body through.

          I dealt with it for Three years, but as I advanced and my training got even tougher so did my allergy. In the end it was unbearable. I recently had quit because of my allergies. I also notices that my skin started to react against my own sweat -.-.

          Before I knew what I had I Went to multiple skin specialists with no result. I later ended using Google to diagnose myself, and i can 100% guarantee that I do indeed have skin writing.

          I myself have done a bit of research and conducted some experiments on myself. Somehow a couple cases of skin writing (including myself) seem to have some sort of connection to the amount of sugar one eats.

          If I over consume sugar I notice that my skin becomes even more sensitive. I have also gotten more allergies after contracting skin Writing.

          At this very moment my allergy is at its worst and I will break out in hives from anything basically!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @Hiltje: where can we buy this tea? I tried to find it on the Net. I have a friend who has a bad case of dermographism and would like to get this tea for her. Lenora

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          ReaPete 4 years ago

          I've only had it for 52 days, and only known what it was for 2.

          It started on a day with high pollen in the DC area. I spend my lunch in my car with the windows down. When I went back into work, I started itching all over. Of course, I scratched. More welts. I thought it was related to pollen but then it would rain, still welts. I started taking pictures of them.

          Also, since the first day I've ran a low-grade temp. My baseline is 98.2, but I've daily had 99.8-100.8. So I'm hot AND itchy.

          Now that I know what it is, I feel a little better (reassurance wise) But it makes me nuts!!!

          Cold & heat make it worse. I go in & out of a beer cooler @ work probably 50-100x daily. Welts appear on my arms & stomach from pressure of cases of beer/wine. Alcohol consumed doesn't correlate, nothing correlates yet. Am about to do an elimination diet, made allergist appt, looking for a neurologist/immune doc.

          I have to say, it's really reassuring to know I'm not the only one. I'm very glad to find this page; I've been in minor-league hell for almost 2mo with no clue what was happening.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I don't know how many years I've been suffering from this and still

          have this. I am tired of it and it looks like embarrassing sometimes. just want to cure it don't know how??

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Im pretty sure i have this. I got it as soon as i moved to australia, im 16 and its really awkward when somone at school asks if u got punched in the eye or got scrwtched really hard on the leg... I too like most people am allergic to dust ... I do have other medical allergies to some medicenes where if i even take the slightest amount i will die ( one particular medicene makes my skin itch and pop until i die, or atleast that what doctor told me 30 minutes after he prescribed it to me lol, i had come back to him in 10 minutes with welts all over my body lol, but hell enought of that..... Well im glad i shared my story

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have had dermographism for over 30 years. I used to take megadoses of Atarax but it's probably been 10 years since I've taken anything. It's not as bad as it used to be. My dermatologist used to get out the medical books when I came to see him, trying to find another drug to help me because the itching was unbearable. When he passed away, I went to another doctor for a couple of years, but I quit going after awhile. Now I just live with it.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Well randomly in like the beginning of December 2012 I started itching and ever since then it hasn't stopped . It's so depressing dealing with this . I really hope it goes away soon . & I haven't told my parents about it I've been hiding it . Randomly they will ask what is that on my arm and ill just tell them a short story but how I got it to just kinda brush it off real quick ... But I wanna know why when all my life I've been able to scratch , now when I'm a teenager it decides to welt and itch and just be a damn mess -.- btw I'm 14

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I'm 25 and I have had extreme Dermographism for three years now. There is absolutely nothing fun about this disorder for me. My welts and hives are so uncomfortably itchy that there are times I can barely function. It seems as though it's worse at night but it's really all the time. I have "episodes" where I'll scratch an area (normally my back) and once the hives appear I'm so itchy that I find myself clawing my back, of course this makes it much worse, and more hives appear until I try and force myself to stop. It's very uncomfortable. My husband is always telling me how much it would just stop because it makes me so miserable. I've also woken up in the middle of the night covered with hives and welts from scratching in my sleep.

          The original poster did get something wrong about this disorder. Dermographism is not necessarily caused by an unknown allergen. Studies have found it is most likely a disorder of the mast cells which release histamine WHEN there is an allergic reaction, but with dermographism there may not actually be an allergy, your body just acts like there is.

          As for treatment? I take an allergy pill (before bed since they make me sleepy) and it... barely helps.

          I manage a store for a living, so I work with the general public. At this point in my dermographism I can no longer wear short sleeves, and wear a shirt that goes far up my neck.

          Between scratching the exposed skin, and the endless comments of "your neck is really red and bumpy! Are you okay?!" I just figured it wasn't worth it anymore. Once the hives subside, depending on how bad I scratched, sometimes it leaves a mark.

          Recently I got my wedding photos back and, to my dismay, the unedited copies I had huge scratch welts up and down my arm. Sad thing is, I bet I barely touched it.

          OH! And the kicker, I also have onychophagia (nail biting) so when I say I "Scratched" myself, what I really mean is I either "nubbed" or rubbed my skin with my fingertips.

          Sure is lovely, I hope I'm not a chronic case because I need relief...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I can't ever remember not having Dermographism, so think it's probably congenital (ie I was born with it) though it's gotten slightly worse as I've gotten older (I'm now middle aged). I can't see any mention here of Mast Cell Disease/Mastocytosis of which Dermographism is a symptom. Mast Cell disease means that the mast cells in the body, which produce histamine, are over-active. These can be mast cells in skin, but also in other parts of the body including the stomach, liver and spleen.

          This is relevant if you have other symptoms or health problems alongside Dermographism. I have the hypermobile type of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a genetic connective tissue disorder) which went undiagnosed until I was 42 despite having been born with it. People with Ehlers Danlos are more likely to get mast cell disease than the general population.

          Along with Dermographism I also get regular hives that come and go for no apparent reason. I also had oedema (ie swelling) in my lips for 2 years during puberty, which just diappeared. My face, chest and abdomen also 'flush' blotchy red when I'm hot, stressed, excited or if I drink alcohol. Add that to reflux/GERD, dysautonomia, mildly itchy skin and scalp all the time, nausea, loads of drug reactions, and palpitations after eating, and I'm currently waiting to see an Immunologist about Mast Cell disease. The treatment for MCAD is H1 and H2 antihistamines, plus mast cell stablizers. Also avoiding high histamine foods. So if you have symptoms such as joint pain, reflux, 'food intolerances', flushing, other kinds of hives, diarrhea etc. as well as Dermographism it might be worth investigating mast cell disease.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I developed dermograpIism after my daughter was born 9 years ago. I am now 37. I am also allergic to citrus & melon. I work in a school & the kids think It's greahen I write on myself. dev

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          Hiltje 4 years ago

          @Hiltje: Yikes, stinging nettle on its own did not work. Weird. Went back to the combo of herbs in tea made from clover, dandelion, horsetail, Labrador Tea, yarrow, mullein, and fireweed. About 1/2 tsp of these dried herbs per day, steeped in hot, not boiling water seems to keep the symptoms at bay.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Auto immune disorders ruin in my family. I have psoriasis and ibs. About 6 mos ago i found my palms and fingers would get really itchy and it seemed to happen at night. The following couple of weeks I realized I was also getting hives but no idea why. My skin is now to the point where I can write my name onIt is kind of near and doesn't cause much discomfort, they just itch. I take Zyrtec daily and it helps quite a bit. I will be visiting my Dr. next month.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have had this since I was 12 and I am 28 now. Everyone is right, you have to just live with it. If I take a Zyrtec every day it does help a lot, but it's not 100%. But I know if I miss a day, everything I seem to touch will leave a mark. I like Benadryl cream for when I start to break out, it keeps me from itching a lot. And I like to carry a scarf on me in case I accidentally scratch my neck.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Hi! I've had Demographism since I was 12 and this year I'm turning 29. I diagnosed myself and there is nothing else really to do then live with it! As some of u have written I think it really helps to put something on if ur body is really itchy. When u go to bed and u can't stop itching, put on a t-shirt. Sometimes during the day if it gets itchy around my neck and neckline I usually have a scarf available and put that on. It helps! Otherwise just try and keep ur body moist with cream and don't put on too tight clothing. I have other allergies against dog, cat, dust, fungus, house dust mite etc... It seems like most people with this condition also have other allergies, correct me if I' wrong. Good luck to everyone! Still hoping for mine to disappear one day! :)

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          Hiltje 4 years ago

          @FlynntheCat1: I've ordered a batch of Stinging Nettle straight up. I'll let you know how it goes...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have had Dermographism for the last 6-7 years and I have learned to live with it. I'm 19 and have spent most of my teen life with this. It can be fun and annoying at the same time. It becomes a neat trick to show new people you meet. At the same time it itches like hell and makes it a pain in the ass to go to bed. I have to wear a shirt to bed in order to get a good nights sleep. But it's nice to see other people out there who share my same issue.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have had dermographia for about four or five years now. I self diagnosed it and started taking antihistamines (cetirazine) to treat it.

          When I visited my GP for help I was told that there was no point investigating the underlying causes as it was probably a combination of factors and would be impossible to pin it down. At times I have been taking up to 6 of my one-a-day antihistamines to try to keep it under control.

          It is incredibly depressing at times, although I know it can be much worse than I have it! The worse times are when it affects my genital area if I am stupid enough to wear too tight clothes.

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          FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

          @Hiltje: Stinging nettle - urtica urens - is supposed to be good for this sort of thing (I tried drinking it once, but didn't like the taste, and couldn't stay off the pills long enough to see if it worked).

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          Hiltje 4 years ago

          I was diagnosed with dermographism about 7 years ago. The dermatologist told me that there is no known cause or cure but that it is most common in young women and can last anywhere from 5 months to 5 years. From reading these posts, I can see there are many more people for longer periods affected. I was 52 when diagnosed. I was told to take antihistamines daily. I started taking Allegra 10mg daily. It stopped working about 2 years later, when the vicious cycle of itching, welts, scratching began again. I switched to reactin. This worked well, but gradually I began to worry about side effects of long term use and did some homework. I started learning about things like cardiac problems, weight gain, etc., never having connected the dots to my own health concerns before this. I tried stopping altogether (drove me crazy after one day), then finally a year ago switching to a milder antihistamine, Claratin. It didn't work as well, but at least the symptoms were more bearable, only occasional bouts of itching, welts, etc., usually worse in the morning. So last fall, I was talking to a friend about my condition and she gave me a small package of herbal tea that she had purchase from a local Native woman in our area. It was called the Skin Your In by Wild Harvest Native Teas. I figured what the heck, but was more than a little sceptical as I had tried so many different thing over the years, like diet changes and topical ointments, which only gave temporary relief. The package said to use only a 1/4 tsp in hot, not boiling water. So I tried it the next day with no pills. And no itching. Could it be? Next day, same thing. I started getting excited.. Long story short, I reduced the Claratin by half, gradually reducing the times I needed the Claritin to 5mg every 3 days, then every 5 days, now only once a week. I find I only need to have 1/4 tsp of tea every day to be symptom free. Just to be sure that my condition was not changed, i tried stopping the tea. The symptoms returned after 24 hours. In Dec, The lady from Wild Harvest Native Teas had a booth in our community fair and I bought a similar tea called Kettle of Nettles to compare. It had many of the same herbs as the previous one and worked just as well. The herbs are stinging nettle, mullein, clover, fire week and yarrow. I am still hoping against hope that this is truly the miracle cure that will rid me once and for all of this condition. I hope to get rid of the pills altogether. This site is the first time I've ever posted anything anywhere, but I felt this was important.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I started getting welts wherever I scratched my skin about 10 days ago. I noticed that the places that itched were mostly under any elastic from underwear and only bothers me late in the day. I was on Augmentin for 15 days to treat a sinus infection and finished it up about 2 days after this rash started. I am 62. I am taking Allegra every night and by morning my skin is fine. Then by evening, it starts all over again. I think after reading some other posts that it all started from the antibiotic.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          In 2005, when I was 21, I started itching all the time and noticing large red scratches that would come and go. I would start scratching where I bumped into something and then end up with angry red welts. My doctor prescribed me Zyrtec over the phone (this is before it was OTC). The Zyrtec helped immensly. Although I had to take it at least once a day. After 6 months a pharmicist listened to my symptoms and told me I had dermographism. I immediately googled it when I got home and sure enough, that's just what I had. Zyrtec controlled my symptoms fine until this last year. I noticed I was itching my faster than every 24-36 hours per Zyrtec. I went to a dermatologist and he officially diagnosed me and told me I can take 2 Zyrtec a day for now and if things aren't getting better then we can try a different kind of antihistamine such as Prilosec (an antacid, I know, weird, right?) The only triggers I've been able to defineitly identify is stress. Good luck getting rid of that with 2 children under 2!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          2-12-13- I''ve had Dermographism as soon as I stepped onto American soil, so when I was about five. I come from a Chinese background and now I am 15 years old. I've been dealing with Dermographism for the last 10 years basically and it's not all that bad. It's cool freaking out people with it, only one other person in my grade has this condition. It's honestly not that bad. I've not allergic to anything but pollen and no one else in my family has this condition, so I'm special lol.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Alisha, I'm allergic to Keflex, too. My dermographism just started 2 weeks ago, and is super annoying. I am itching right now. Let me know what you find out. I'll keep you posted on what I find out. I'll see a dr next week.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Feb 1, 2013 - About 2 weeks ago, my skin started itching badly. My wife thought it was dry skin, which is normal here in Arizona. I put tons of lotion on, but that didn't help. I noticed that I could scratch my skin lightly with my fingernail and a few minutes later would have a nice red welt line...I can now write any message I want on my back! It lasts for about 5-15 mins and then goes away. At night, I itch much worse than during the day. I haven't seen a doctor yet, but about a month ago I started on a 10 mg daily dose of paroxetine. I stopped using that two days ago to see if that was the cause, but my skin still itches greatly. I will go see a doctor on Monday, hopefully. I know that my diet has gone to crap since just after Christmas, so seeing some people write about food allergies is making me wonder if I should go back to a more healthy diet! Anyway, I'll try and write more when I find out more...and if my itching/dermographism goes away. Hopefully it does...this sucks!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          My 3 year old has just been told she has dermographia but only on her face apparently(much to the amusement of her siblings). The doctor said it is due to her being run down as she has been ill. I have also been told it won't last so hope that is the case. It doesn't seem to irritate her but she constantly looks like she's been slapped due to it being on her face. :-(

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Try getting ride of wheat. I have been trying to figure out why i have this issue. I went through everything so far the one thing i have come up with is wheat. I am usually good when i don't have wheat. I had been wheat free for 5 days and just had a doughnut and right away my back flared up. My skin everywhere is itchy.

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          FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

          @MinnieSaga: From the little I've read about the UV treatment (most of the stuff available is from the companies doing it), it's short term relief for people with temporary hives, rather than a great cure for dermographism.

          I do disclaimer that with "I really can't find much about it, even less from dermatographic people"

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          MinnieSaga 4 years ago

          I was diagnosed with dermographism after dealing with the itching, swelling and welts for neatly six month. I had no idea what was going on, and the itching was making me CRAZY! I finally went to the dermotologist who took one looks at the marks that had formed while I was scratching on the drive to her office 40 minutes earlier and pronounced dermographism. I had never heard of it. She said that it can be caused by a number of things - stress, underlying infection, or something as serious as cancer. Blood tests and urinalysis were ordered to find a root cause, and I was told to come back in a week. The tests came back with a UTI with eColi persent. Blood work was negative. She prescribed hydroxyzine and a strong antibiotic for the infection. We hoped that the antibiotic would take care of everything - that the skin condition would go away once the infection was cleared up. No such luck. Six months later, I am still on the antihistamine, have gained weight (which I didn't know was a side effect of antihistamines), and still have the red marks but no welts. I tried to wean myself off the meds, but after a couple days, the symptoms return in full force. I tried a natural antihistamine (HistaBlock), to try to get away from the chemicals in the meds, but it didn't help at all. It was $18 wasted. I am the only person I know with this condition, adn information online was scarce. It was a relief to find this blog, and to know I'm not alone. I've read that UV light therapy may help with dermographism. I generally tan a little bit in the winter. I'm wondering if anyone has tried it and had success with it, without medication.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          The first time I noticed the scratch marks on my arm was in grade 9 during a school field trip across the country. When I came back home it went away within a couple weeks. The 2nd time it came back was in grade 12. This time I couldn't withstand the itchiness. I knew it wasn't allergies, because the only time my skin became itchy was when something brushed/scratched my skin. I googled it up, came across dermatographism, and mentioned it to my dermatologist. He took the end of a pen and made a scratch mark. Sure enough,he said I had dermographism. I was prescribed Benadryl and Reactine, as well as one more pill (I'm having trouble recalling what it was). I took the pills for about a year to control the swelling, redness and itchiness. They worked very well for me. The source to my dermographism may have been because of stress from school. The summer after grade 12 I took a vacation to Japan. I continued to take the pills, but then I missed one by accident. I then thought that id try scratching myself without taking the pill. I was overjoyed that I didn't swell up. So I continued to reduce the number of pills I took from once every day, to every second day, then every week, and to none at all. I completely rid of my stress in japan. I'm now in my 3rd year of university, and haven't had dermographism for 3 years. I am not entirely sure if it had to do with stress, but that may be my trigger for this skin condition.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I am a 54 year old female, and my problems with pressure-related welts started in college after a terrible reaction to antibiotics. Ever since that episode, pressure or rubbing of any kind will cause my skin to itch and welt. Even tying my shoes too tightly will drive me insane after I remove them. I'm glad to see this site, because I never had a name for this. I will try to eliminate gulten and sugar to see if that helps. It is a pain to hate socks or anything with elastic. I might try the antihistamine as well. This is obviously a bunch of overly-active histamine reactions. I do not expect to ever be rid of this (after 34 years of it, so far). Interesting information here. I also have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and never would have thought these two things to be related in any way. The IBS was years before the skin issue.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          My 5 month old son has dermatographism. He has had it since he was just a few weeks old. His allergist says he was born with too much histamine in his body and if we r lucky it will go away by his prom. I feel that God blessed him with this condition to show the world how special he is. I am disappointed that there is so little awareness about this. My husband and I had to take him to the ER because he was running a high fever. The nurse or the Dr had never heard if it and asked us multiple times "why is his leg red?" Or "is his face ok?" Almost suspiciously. We have good and bad days with it, but my baby boy is absolutely perfect!!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          My dermographism formed after a summer of never ending antibiotics. I am allergic to dogs, cats, dust, yeast, gluten, and dairy - no I'm not kidding. I try my best to avoid the food but I do live with animals. We assume it was triggered by the combination of my allergies and the medications. I now am unable to walk on gravel or hives form on my feet but the worst for me is hives as a result of dry skin or cuts. I do find that applying ice helps a lot with making the itching go away!! Good luck all and remain positive - it could always be worse!!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This has really been a life long thing for me. I am pale. My skin is thin. I have hayfever allergies and allergies to acidic fruits and vegetables. I also have had bouts of allergic eczema. A slap, a bump, a scratch....all turn into whelps that can last from a few minutes to a few days. I'm a 45 year old female with at least a 40 year history. I never really thought much about this as in feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable. It has just been this way as long as I can remember and is part of who I am. I did not even know this was a real condition until I read this article. Nice to know this has a name, but really it is not altering my lifestyle or keeping me from being me.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have just been diagnosed with dermographism. I believe I "got" it when I was attempting to right my son's bee hive that had been tipped by a bear. I was bitten multiple times through protective clothing. The dermographism started some time after that. Not sure when. I was treating it with Benadryl, but my dermatologist recommended loratidine or another long lasting antihistamine. He indicated that the cause and duration of this infirmary is unclear, but identifying it was easy. Oh well, I'll see what develops.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I first remember seeing my condition when I was in junior high. Not sure how or why it started. I just noticed that when someone would grab my arm or smack me my skin would raise. It would get hot and start itching. Classmates would write messgaes on my arm and they would stay for about an hour. It was kinda cool at first. Then later in life it became a hassle. If I would scratch my face or neck it would welt up. Even someone putting thier hand on my neck would do it. Then people would ask if I got into some and had a rash. I had no explanation for this for a very long time. Then within the last couple of weeks I finally figured out what it was. I never asked a doctor what it was. I guess I was to embarrased to ask. I have had this condition for about 15 years. I am glad I found this website. I now know there are more people out there with this. I would like to see a forum or community where we could all talk and share stories and maybe get together.

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          CristianStan 4 years ago

          Very informational, skin problems are very common these days, I wish the lens would give some natural ways on how to cure it

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          dawn-breck 4 years ago

          @anonymous: it does make me drowsy. iHave to be careful when ITake it. If I only take one, I can fight it. First you have to get medication to knock it out. I take methotrexate. This isn't permanent, it's meant to help you wait it out. Dermatagraphisim does go away. I've been on mods for five years, but I can finally take a shower or bath without hours o agony after. He's weaning me off now in a few months I should be hive free. See a good dermatologist. Only 1percent of the world has this condition. Most doctors have never seen it. Call several, ask if they've ever treated patients with it. Don't be intimidated. Good luck, Hon.

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          FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I think that's one that isn''t offered in NZ. The only two currently funded for cheap prescriptions are Clartyne and Cetirizine. There was a third one I tried but I don't remember what it was and it didn't do anything for me.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Does benadryl work for you? I haven't tried that one yet. I tried claritin, but that didn't work. Also, doesn't benadryl make you drowsy?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Oh thank god I found this post...I was beginning to think I was insane. I've only had it for a year now, and it's just plain annoying. My doctor didn't seem too concerned and told me to start taking Claritin. That didn't work. So now I'm taking Quercetin, trying to build up my own antihistamine response. It doesn't show signs of working either, but I'll give it some time.

          I can't do anything at my desk without it flaring up. Holding notebooks, leaning on my desk or the cube wall. I feel like I need to bubble wrap myself. And then you get questions like "what happened to your arm?" At which point I realize my arm is full of reds welts that I was absently scratching.

          I've been looking all over the internet trying to find ways to prevent the welts and redness instead of just carrying cortisone around and slathering myself with it after the fact,,,any suggestions?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I ha it since birth and I was't ashamed to it, well sometimes I am when I get allergy outbreaks. At first, I thought I was the only one in family who has it, until I found out that my cousin on my father's side has it too. My skin is always a long explanation for me to let people to understand that it's normal and it's not contagious. My sister even plays with my skin writing her name and drawing on my back. I just hate it when it has the burning sensation and sometimes would take hours before the marks and bumps to fade away. Until now that I am in high school I still have it and my classmates would sometime play with skin my too. But still, there are really times where I am ashamed of my condition especially when people react negatively to my skin and would even be disgusted with my condition. Actually, I dont know what my condition was all I knew was that it was normal for me and that it's not contagious until I w'atched a health program on TV and it had made me curious of what was my condition. That's when I found out that it was called dermographism. And this articler really helped me to learn more about my condition. Although this condition is really rare, I have met two people with the same condition as me. And they both don't know what it's called that's why I did my own research. I'm actually just 15.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I seemed to get it after I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic Kflex and after a pretty yucky gallbladder removal. I've also started a pinterest board for sufferers. Pinterest search "Dermatographic Urticaria Sufferers" in Boards, or Alisha & Leighann under people. I can't post the link here.

          At the same time, I have also seemed to get a breathing condition, that isn't asthma. Just random intervals of very bad breathing, that may be voice box related. I'm undergoing tests on this now.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I had this when I was really young in gradeschool. My parents had me tested for allergens but they couldnt figure out what was wrong with me. It was very embarrising at the time. I can remember being in gym class and being hit by a ball on my arm and it swelling up on that spot. I have grown out of it considerably. I have reactions to tape but other than that I do not swell like I used to. It is so relieving to see that I wasnt the only one and they finally know what it is now. Good luck to anyone who has it....in my case it eventually goes away.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          My name is Autumn. I'm 22 and I've had dermographism since I was 20. For the longest time I thought I was allergic to laundry detergent or something I was eating. I tried everything to get rid of it & the out breaks just never went away. My friends would look at me like I was a freak show. It was a itch so deep under my skin that I just HAD to scratch. and scratch. and scratch. Anywhere I would scratch, I would scratch would welt in hives. I worked with a nurse and she would put Benadryl on my back and it would make it better. I started to realize that this was happening when I was getting hot, overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed out, or nervous. Even getting out of the hot shower would make me welt up. So my mom and I started googling & I without a doubt, definitely have dermographism. I hive on my tummy & back the most. Sometimes on my arms, side of my face, and even my forehead! I can even take my finger nail or something to draw on my skin with and whatever I write will welt up in minutes. Any kind of pressure on my skin welts up. Even if my dog jumps and her claws get me, it hives up. Ive learned to live with it & that its probably not going away anytime soon. I'm glad I found this website with recent posts. Most of the posts Ive seen are from 2010 so I figured it was pointless to even share my story.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @Earthwormick: Im a 25 years old south african and I have to say that I can relate to most of these stories because my 16 year old sister and I were born with this interesting skin condition.For years i always thought and felt like i was the odd one because of this condition and growing up in the rural streets of south africa did not make it easy,I dont know how many times i had to hide as a young boy from my friends because i had "somethin strange" on my skin after scratching myself or after falling while playing football.I'm really glad that there are so many people out ther just like me who go through what I go through on a daily basis.Dermographism is not a disease,it's a unique featue that some of us have and although it makes us a bit different from the rest,who cares.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Hi my name is Chris and I'm 17 I'm not sure if this is what I truly have but it looks very similar to what I get it doesn't happen very often but I don't do anything to trigger it every now and then I get this thing that looks like a welt on my arm and it itches and kind of burns it almost looks like poison oak but then almost as quickly as it came it goes away it last about 10 minutes sometimes even 30 minutes I don't really know if this is what it is or not but I think that there is a good possibility that could very well be what you described(dermographism) so I'd like to thank you for shedding some light on this and easing my concern about this.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Let me know if you had success with an acupucturist? I'm going to get consulted this week and would love to hear success stories!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          My son will be 2 on the 23rd of September 2012 and he has dermographism. I am almost positive it is in reaction to ant bites. We just saw a dermatologist 4 days ago and they tested 20 different common allergens and he didn't react to any of them. But he got bit by an ant yesterday and the resulting hive is huge. I will be calling his allergist first thing Monday morning to let them know what I've seen and we'll see what they say. I was a little disconcerted at the allergists though, I had lightly drawn my sons name on his arm for the, to see and when the allergist saw it he said "wow I have never seen a true case of dermographism in person, can I take a picture of his arm?" however, I was encouraged by his "figure it out" attitude. As we learn more I will come back and share it with you.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I am a 33 yr old felmale and was diagnosed with Dermographism about ten yrs ago. One night laying in bed I stared itching and kept itching and then kept itching. My husband about threw me out of bed. I got up took a shower and when I came back to bed my husband was horrified at the marks all over me. I didn't think anything of it and eventually they went away. The itching sensation didn't. So after two weeks of sleepless itchy nights Icouldn't take it anymore! I was fed up no cream I use worked and being 23 who new a simple thing like Benadryl would take care of it. I got out of bed and went to the emergency room because there was something soooo wrong with me I was going to have a breakdown if I didn't stop itching! The Doc was great! He clicked his pen so the ink was in and drew an X on the back of my arm. Guess what the X showed itself in less the a few mins. He told me I had Dermographism and to take Benadryl. I said "dermawhat" . He explained it simply by saying my body produces too much histamine between the layers of skin so when the skin gets irritated (ie. scratch) the histamine will inflame the irritation. So now ten yrs later I am still taking an antihistamine and getting some weird looks. Friends and family always say "stop sraching" I will then ask th if they have ever had poison ivy and tell them this can something be 100x worse.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I'm 22 years old and I've been having this condition for 3 years now. I remember the first year it was very painful to scratch wherever my body was itchy but now I learned to deal with it a lot better. There are times when I wished I didn't have this condition because it gets really painful on my hands and simple things like changing leaves me with marks and hives on my face and body. I just recently found out my grandmother has been having this condition for years now and my fear is that it will never go away. We just gotta stay positive and hope that there's a cure to treat this so I can live a normal life like before.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm 15 and have had this condition for a while. I can swear its not allergies though. I believe my 'trigger' is stress. I will be fine for weeks and the. I get in some sort of trouble and get yelled at by my parents and it back. Poof. My dad wants to take me to an allergist but if I know its stress why would I go and get forty scratches on me?? Anyways I welt up after a little pressure or scratch. Oh and I get these crazy itches and I'll start to scratch and the next thing I know is I got a little carried away and there is this huge red area about to welt up. I hate it but I can live with it. So can you :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My dermographism showed up 31 years ago after I was treated with a cortizone shot following an allergic reaction to a bug bite (I went to the ER for the bite as my entire body started to swell.) I was 17 years old. It was awful the first 10 years. I was very embarrassed by it and took Seldane every day to minimize the reactions. I eventually became concerned about taking drugs every day and just tried to avoid itching when it started up! After about 22 years it mostly went away. THEN I had five blissful years without it. Unfortunately, I had a cortizone shot for an injury and it CAME BACK!!! For me, I know that I am allergic to cortizone. I will never use it again. TRY, TRY, TRY to trace what triggered your condition and avoid those triggers for the rest of your life. I am now 48 and am dealing with this again (although it isn't as bad or as itchy.)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I had this dermographism for about a few years now. I am only 14 and I'm not that concerned. I started to notice the problem at school. While I was putting on my back-bag, holding my books, playing sports and doing many other things I started to notice red marks. My friend would get so disgusted and ask me what kind of disease I have... Then I went to my doctors and he told me its just sensitive skin. I still don't know how to get rid of it. I continue life with red marks and big bumps. Some people are fascinate and some are disgusted.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I just discovered this year that I have Dermographism, although I have been having periods where I have to scratch uncontrolably for the past two years. I don't have any allergies that I know of, so I am not sure what the cause of my Dermographism is. I do have a theory that it may be due to the fact that I had anorexia nervosa for about a year and my diet had been drastically changed. I don't know if that could be the cause or not. Has anyone else developed Dermographism after an extremem change in diet?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I was diagnosed with dermographism about four years ago. I am on ceterizine daily which controls the itching to a large extent. I use it to take loretidine but It's not as effective. When I forget to take antihistimines apart from the itching mainly on my arms legs and torso I eventually get numb lips. Itching is worst when it's hot and at night. It many ways it's not that big a deal but I do worry about the long term use of antihistimines.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am 43 yrs old and aquired this rarity after having Pnuemonia last November, i have been through the hives, severe itching, asthma, and discovered with my case that my symtoms with my Acid Reflux seem to have gotten worse. My daily Routine consist of 2-24hr antihistamine tablets 3 Acid Reflux medicines and oral asthma medication an inhaler and an epi-pen !!! I not once growing up had any allergies and dealing with this is crazy tiring !!! The explaining of scratches the itching like you have fleas the being worn out from the antihistimine. If anyone has had any other types of treatment such as allergy shots for this I would like to know how they effected the dermographism ! For this to last for years is crazy and I hope eventually there will be more research done towards this condition ! If anyone would like to email me send to goldmine3899@yahoo.com with any additional info that would be great !!! Thanks Tammy

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My 9 month old baby was diagnosed with this condition recently by an allergist. We originally thought she was allergic to carpeting because she got hives or welts when crawling. She would also get them on her face after eating. They did not seem to itch, but I was constantly carrying Benadryl and epi pens just in case. We were pretty relieved at the diagnosis because it is so benign. She is having problems digesting food as well. I had never considered a connection until reading this. She is getting an upper GI this week. after, they want to do a scope, but i want to wait because i am not anxious to put her under so young.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          First heard the word today from a new doctor. My foes are shoes , watches, bracelets, desks, keyboards, chairs with arms, bras, waistbands, cold. Heat, anything too hoot, cold or hot.. Shoes are miserable, as is typing or wearing a watch. I scratch, as my grandmother said, like an old dog. Recommend today, 4x Allegra and renigan? We' ll see

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          The last time I posted on a message board I had suffered from dermographism for twenty years. It has now been thirty-one years. I itch twenty-four hours a day. When i scratch I get long hives or welts. Sometimes it's more of a bumpy patch of round hives. This continued until about two years ago. I still itch 24/7 but don't get the hives as much anymore. When it first started thirty-one years ago it started in my feet and slowly worked its way up my body to my head and then it started all over my body all the time. I was treated for nerves and dry skin to no avail. No one knew what it was. I was not diagnosed until about ten years ago. When it first started and for about five years I thought I was going to lose my mind from the constant itching but I was finally able to learn with it. Nothing really helps me . If I itch really at night I take an allergy tablet to calm it down so that I can sleep. At this time my hands are giving me a lot of trouble. All I can do is use a rough towel(wet or dry) and squeeze and rub them. Most people thought I was crazy so it was great to finally have a diagnosis

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: You should

          1. get this book: Hives: The Road To Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria

          you can pick it up at Barnes and Nobel or order it from Amazon at this link: Hives: The Road To Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria

          2. go to this international site for help with the urticaria diet etc that can give you some much needed relief.

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          deb-souther-7 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I have been plaqued with this for 15 years now....Makes me think I'm crazy sometimes because the itchy feelings through your head,hair,hands,toes,etc. can make you scratch until you bleed and sting. I was given Doxepin as a low dose antidepressant to only calm down my intestines and it cured my dermagraphism. Too big a dose doesn't work for me and makes me tired,but 10mg. seems to work best. I also suffer from ibs and diverticulitus so I have figured through all research that somehow their all connected. Diet,artificial sweetners,processed foods,caffiene,we're all at different stages of this disease,the body needs pro-biotics as the good bacteria to ward off the extra bad bacterias. Doxepin is key to this and you won't evn know your on it. Start with small doss to calm down your intestines.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've had it now for 4 years. I am now 52. I was under stress, because I am always the go-to-gal. I also had recently switched back to 'normal' food, after being a strict vegetarian for a few months. Baths/Hot Showers make it worse;now I just use room temp. water. I have never had any allergies to anything ! Sometimes, even my scalp and soles of my feet begin to itch, just by words-not touch. Heat makes it worse, too. I have taken Benedryl or generic allergy medications and no itching--but it makes me soooo sleepy. So, I believe it is stress, or the fact I changed my diet, since I never was allergic to anything. No change in soap, etc.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Research Zyrtecs side effects. I took it for years and my doctor thought I was getting early Alzheimer's. Turns out Zyrtec makes you forgetful and stupid. I detox'd it out of my system ( was really hard) and I'm back to normal mentally. I deal with itching with menthol lotion and cold compresses. Occasional anti-anxiety meds help in severe times of skin itching but I've learned to live with it. Good luck.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Yes. Take an anti-anxiety med (or 1/2of one) to calm you and the itching. Works better than Zyrtec. Cool compresses too. Menthol lotion helps with the socks, they have elastic which makes dermatographic skin worse.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: You are addicted to the meds. I was in the same boat. I took Zyrtec for 10 years until my doctor thought I was getting Alzheimer's . Turns out Zyrtec makes you stupid (goggle it). Once I went off it, I got better. It was a real bitch getting off it. The drugs made it a hundred times worse. I had to be strong, the first two weeks were the worst. But now I take maybe one Clarinex a month. Menthol lotions, Aveeno cool baths help a lot. You'll be surprised how much you rely on a medicine that is only making you worse. Plus now I have a lot more money. I hope the best for you. Good luck.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I've had this for over 20 years. I've tried elimiation diets ( wheat, sugar, diary, nuts, fruit, processed foods) and combinations of them as well. I got rid of every chemical in my house. I gave my dog to my parents. I wore natural fabrics ( no elastic of any kind) After 2 years and 15 doctors later, nothing changed. I took Zyrtec for 10 years until a doctor thought I was getting Alzheimer's (I was 42). My intern neighbor told me that Zyrtec makes you stupid. I researched it and the info was startling. I went cold turkey off Zyrtec and had the worst detoxing experience. I thought Id die. Eventually (3months) I got my memory back, and my symptoms were easier to manage with menthol lotions, cool compresses, Aveeno baths. I take a anti-anxiety pill as needed to calm the my nerves (and skin) but I try to get calm on my own. It sucks but after 20 years this is the best I've come up with. Be careful of steroids, they knock out your immune system and you trade one condition for another. Trust me on the Zyrtec. Try Clarinex and then only if you have to. Best of luck. You are not alone. :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Wow. I thought I was the only one who looked like that after trying on clothes. I find that I have to take everything in at once and I only get one shot in the dressing room. I leave before the welts get too red and large.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am 14 years old and discovered I had Dermographism last year. When my skin gets scratched it pops up. My only complaint is that it burns a lot. Now im going off to high school and am going to play wrestling so wish me luck

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I was on Seroquel for some time and never noticed if it had helped. It may have, I just wasn't observant enough. Unfortunately, my psychiatrist has switched me to Trazadone, so I will not be able to look for the connection in my specific case. It is great you found something that helps though.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had Dermographism for as long as I can remember. It has caused me many years of embarrassment. When trying on clothes in a store, I always come out looking like someone in there had assaulted me. People always ask me if I am in an abusive relationship because I will rub my eyes, and it looks like I was hit. If I brush my hair and the bristles catch my neck, people will ask me what happened. I get frustrated with having to explain on a daily basis to total strangers that it is an allergic reaction. They look at me in disbelief. Eventually, I will demonstrate. It is wonderful that so many people can embrace the fact that it sets them apart and makes them unique. I do not think I will ever be able to feel that way.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've recently turned 18 & I have Dermographism. Althroughout high school, my skin would randomly show welts that have occurred because I either bumped my arm on a corner, or because I was running in gym class & the contact with the air which has been mixed in with numerous amounts of perfumes & hair spray caused my skin to break out. Students & even teachers would freak out as they've never come across something like it before. However, after gaining the proper knowledge about it & learning that it would not cause any harm to my general health, I've learned to deal with it & embrace the fact that no matter how weird it was, it made me stand out as an individual.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had it since 1991. I have a friend who is a Chinese Herbist and also Licenesed acupuncturist. I am going to let her give it a shot. For everybody out there thinking how will you deal with it. You will be fine /blood sugar/ blood pressure/ cholestrial all good. I mark, so what alot of people are worst off then me. But yes I wish it wasn't happening to me and I understand. When you go on vacation scratch all over get in the pool and yell "damn herpes won't go away" and enjoy the pool for yourself.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: been dealing with it since 1991 I am considered chronic. I have a friend who is a Chinese herbist and licensed acupuncturist going to give it a shot she is good and I will let people know if I have any success. And you will be able to deal with it, really when you think of all the other people with life threatining issues this is small . I have felt the exact same way you do and I HOPE it goes away for you. Steve

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i have had dermographism from two and a half years. My doctor used to give me antihistamines but it wasnt much help coz when the dose was reduced the hives appeared. Everyone told me to switch to homeopathy as it has no side effects and it cures the root of the problem they say so i thought its worth a try.. so I went to Dr. Rajesh Shah (a homeopathic doctor) in Mumbai and in the first two months of medication nothing much happened. i dont know whether the medicines were changed or what its been another month after that and the frequency of the hives has noticeaby reduced. I mean my treatment is going on so cant really say it will be cured or not and in how much time but i thought it was worth sharing. here is the link

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have the condition to what I consider to be severe itching and even pain. Mine feels like insects are stinging me and there is no amount of scratching that ends it. I've scratched until I bleed and the skin on my back has permanently changed texture due to using every kind of weapon on it. The most important thing I have to say in hopes of helping anyone else that has it as severe, constant and tormenting as it is to me---is that totally accidentally I learned, by extensive experimentation that small doses of the drug Seroquel miraculously turns it off like a light. This is a heavy duty drug classification and it was given to me because I'm bipolar. I want to stop the drug, however the absolute cessation of any symptoms of dermatographia is far too much of a value to me and I feel I need to keep taking it, at least until I can figure out if something else could be that good. Antihistimines do virtually nothing for me. Not lately, but I have already researched in the past and tried just about everything. With the medication--I don't have to worry about anything topical at all because bad erruptions basically don't exist anymore. Oh I can still write on my skin if I want to, but I'm talking about torturous symptoms that take place in bed, trying to sleep, clothing, anything at all touching me much. I told my psyciatrist about it and he had no clue as to why that med would essentially cure it. He's not a big talker and he just said: "Go figure". He probably thinks I'm crazy and I am a little nuts, but I know what I'm talking about on this. I'm not using the word 'cure' in the most pure sense of medical meaning. I'm just talking about suffering severe, incessant, life-ruining, tormenting symptoms and no symptoms. That's been miraculous enough for me to call it a 'cure'. I have not been able yet to visit a dermatologist and tell them this so I've no idea what they would say. I've had d. most of my life, but it became severe after heavy chemotherapy which damages your autoimmune system. I've been experimenting and working with the Seroquel for four years. I've experienced complete relief with a relatively small dose of 100mg a day. Maybe even smaller would work but I've not had the opportunity to try smaller doses and those are the kinds of pills that can't be split. My p

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had this for about ten years now and the worst part for me is the prickly/itchy sensation after my skin reacts to certain contacts. My friends do enjoy the whole skin writing thing, and over the years I've pretty much learned to ignore it. I've gotten so used to the symptoms of dermographism that when I scratch my face or brush my face I forget that I welt and someone makes a comment and I have to explain that I welt and it is normal. Kind of nice to know that there are other people who have similar symptoms. Now I'm left wondering what the cause really is.....and is there something I can change to make it go away. I've never had any dietary problems but as a nursing student and having a nurse for a father I believe it has something to do with histamines and inflammatory reactions. The membranes of the cells are weak, and easily broken and that's what causes the increase in reaction. Not sure if that is really the case but its what I've found when looking it up.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had itchy skin since i was about 15, not during the day. But only at night when I would be sitting still or in my sleep, i would just scratch and scratch my legs all night. Im 21 now and i have been diagnosed with celiac disease and a gluten intolerance. My skin is the worse its ever been, I can barley touch my face without turning beat read, i cant wear jewlery cause it leaves marks. If anyone accidentally rubs up against me there will be marks. basically anything that touches my skin leaves a mark for hours. I always wear long sleeves, tank tops are impossible to wear if anything touches my skin there will be marks that look like welts from being whipped. Its embarassing in public and at work because not only do people stare they point it out and ask questions. I can write my name clearly on my arm. This disease is extremely hard to live with and embarassing. hope a cure can be found its a terrible thing to live with.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had dermatagraphia for about 5 years now . it took awhile to figure out what it was exactly. I have been on all the over the counter med for allergies and have had very little success with them. what works for me is doxepin hydrochloride 25 mg once a day at bedtime. it makes me very tired and I think has caused some weight gain. it works well and now i only have to take it every 3-4 days. it is very inexpensive and easy to get from a doctor. I am currently looking for a natural cure or looking for the trigger so I can get off the doxepin as i am opposed to all prescription drugs for depression.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Everything I have learned about Dermatographism says there is no cure and seldom goes away. I can't even find the fun in having it as it feels sort of freakish when I do show someone what happens when write my name on my arm. I took Claritin as it claims to be non-drowsy and it helps as long as you take it daily but as a triathlete and personal fitness trainer I felt that the Claritin was slowing my heartrate and making drowsy. I stopped taking it and have my energy back but itch all the time. All the time I am touching or trying my best to resist the urge to scratch or lightly rub my skin. From my scalp to between my toes. I have read where some people took a certain antibiotic before their dermatography struck but I didn't. I did however take Rosephin, infuses for 15 days, 20 years ago for Lymes Disease. I looked all over the internet for clinical trials or studies but nothing. In my mind I want to say some kind of dialysis might help, cleansing the blood but not sure. And from the onset of the itch has came reflux or heartburn that is incredible from the histamine that my body produces from the allergic reaction or whelps, my feet swell and I choke more frequently than normal. I am honestly nervous about the future and if this is the start to something more debilitating. I KNOW it could be worse and I am greatful its not but there is just so many WHY'S and can this be cured?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          hi. I was diagnosed with dermagraphic skin when i was 26. i was told i would grow out of it but, at 50, I'm still waiting. I take 180mg Telfast (Fexofenadine) every day of my life. It doesn't completely control it but it helps. It's always worse during menstruation. l have no diagnosed allergies. I got asthma at 40 but no identifiable allergy triggers. It's a good party trick - skin drawing. It also gives my Year 7 students a work-avoidance strategy: "Why is your neck all red, Miss?" But I wish it could be cured because I'm bored now.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am 29, female, have had symptoms since i was 5 or 6.pediatrician at the time acknowledged but not diagnosed my condition. I've had it for so long, I've gotten used to it. Not ashamed, but it's a long story to explain to worried people. Most oh the time, my hives are not itchy, nor sore. Ido get itchy when it's cold sometimes, though that could be attributed to dry skin. I've never taken medication for it. If it may be related at all, i have had asthma since middle school. I have a daughter, 2.5yrs old, and i have observed same symptoms when she scratches her skin. My mother had also had this condition as a child, but hers went away when she was 19. My brother seems to have cold water dermatitis? I think it's genetic. I have not met one person who is not family, who had this condition. I am somewhat relieved that now i know the name of this condition for the first time in 24 years.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: im 13 and have dermographism. i take benadryl everyday for it. it works for me.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: hi im 13. im a girl. i have dermographism. i use the benadryl gel sometimes but the pills work a lot better. i take 2 every morning and every night. i still itch and it still pops up a little and if you stop taking it for a day it gets bad but the pill helps a lot

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          im 13 ive had it for about 8 months. since the first day ive had it ive had whelps, hives and it hurts and itches. i knew what it was called because in the first month me and my dad searched it but i never knew this much about it. ive been taking medicine since the first month and it helps but it still drives me crazy. i have it really bad. thanks to this page i know a lot more about it and what might be causing it. thank you so much. im gonna ask my dad if we can go to the doctor soon. :) as im righting this i feel the scratches on my face swelling up and it itches lol

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had demographia for about a year now and it can be very iterating and itchy. reading this article has definitely helped along with some of the other comments. I welt when I touch anything. I'm hoping an antihistamine will fix the problem. it's cool to write on yourself but I'm not sure how much longer I can deal with it.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          A get-away trip to Memphis and came home scratching thinking I had brought home bed bugs. I was scratching like crazy. Head to toe, palms of hands, ear drums and eye balls itched, as well. Doctor checked me for Scabies, Bed Bugs and decided that I had ingested or put something on my skin to cause this horrible allergic reaction so a steriod shot in the booty and should be a lot better in 24 hours. Well, in 24 hours it was worse and I thought well maybe it has to get worse before it gets better. It never got better. I was stressed as I turned 40, career change and kids needing me less and less. This itching/scratching viscious cycle caused me to litterly crash & burn mentally. My doctor prescribed me a low dose prescription for anxiety, Lexapro 10mg, as I could not stop the tears and just felt that I was drove batty. That weekend I searched the internet high and low on itchy skin and hives and found the simple skin test of taking your fingernail and barely writing your name on your forearm and if your name appeared then you have Dermographism. Well, my name came up and I was shocked! Why does it seem like I get the crazy stuff in my family? Some things I did that could of contributed to this condition:

          I ate nuts like crazy. Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, TOO MUCH AND I KNOW IT.

          I use Almond Oil on my skin. I exercise and personal train 5 days per week, probably too much. I have had Melanoma Skin Cancer. I had 15 days of infused Rosephin Antibiotics 20 years ago for Lymes Disease. I used a bronzing lotion and had my hair colored a few days prior to my first outbreak. I drink Whey Protein Powder and consume a good bit of Aspartame and other artificial sweetners. I feel like a poison is in my blood because the itching starts where there are many veins then the welts sort of follow the veins. My ankle is swelled and from the Claritin and Lexapro that I take daily, I barely have the energy to make it through the day much less exercise myself or train others. Besides who wants a trainer with a funky skin condition?

          Who knows maybe someone else may say "oh I did that, too." Then we might can find a trigger for Dermographism then hopefully a cure.

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          avigarret 5 years ago

          The most fascinating lens I've come across in ages.

          I had never heard of dermographism before, but I sincerely hope for a better understanding of the condition from the proffesionals, so you and everyone else suffering from the condition can be more at ease.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i didnt know i had it till recently i had always wondered why almost any fabric of my clothes or sheets on my bed made deep lines on my skin

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had this for many years. Any contact with my skin and I come out in hives. I find that stress and nerves makes mine worse. I am always having to explain to people that I've not been scratched or hit, and someone once told me how brave I was for showing off my burns scars! It really annoys me when I am shopping for cloths or when I have a nice outfit on that is ruined by itchy lines all over me!

        Have you ever seen anyone with dermographism? Does yours vary from what I have described?

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            thomas 21 months ago

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            tisury1 2 years ago

            This is a follow up to my previous post. After reading through all these comments, I had some things similar to other people. I will be 54 this week. When I was 26, it was discovered I had a high white blood count. Still do. They just consider it the norm for me. Right before I developed the dermatographia symptoms, I suddenly became allergic to medical tape. Can only use fabric tapes now. I do not know of any allergies, except an allergy to the antibiotic Augmentin many many years ago. Although when I was 35 - 19 years ago, I was sent to the hospital 2 times in one week, once by ambulance, because I was covered in hives and they were afraid my breathing would be cut off. Never did find out what caused that. Recently I have had severe edema twice in my feet and legs that they could find no reason for. I also have a hiatal hernia and take Prilosec everyday for it. But have found when the hives flare up, I still get horrible heart burn and indigestion. I don't know if any of this has anything to with the dermographic urticaria, but I saw that other people mentioned these things.

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            skinwriteranonymous 3 years ago

            I spend much time going through all message boards, articles and publications since the day i discovered i had dermatographia, trying to find a solution or at least a clue that would cause some relief. I feel obligated to type out my own experience and add a possible solution (or at least a clue) to what is already known about this condition.

            * Just skip to the last 3 paragraphs if you want to avoid my tearjerker life history ramblings:

            A little history. Im a 30 year old male and about 1.5 years ago amidst a very stressful period i developed dermatographia.

            It started on a random day: someone noticed my face and neck were red. I looked in the mirror and it was swollen. I figured an insect bit me or some other allergic reaction. Later that day i found out that wherever i would touch myself: it would get red, swell and start itching. A mosquito bite type of itch, impossible to ignore.

            Not familiar with dermatographia and having a history with allergies i figured some substance was on my hands or in my direct environment that caused all this.

            For a week i spend most of my time washing all things in my environment, my clothes, my bed and so on to get this stuff that made me allergic out of my environment and system.

            It didnt help, my skin condition only got worse: the smallest touch (where before i had to scratch) would make my skin itchy and swell like an insect bite for 30-45 minutes. After a week it got so bad that changing clothes, walking, sitting, shaking someones hand or anything else that created pressure on the body would cause itching and swelling from hell on and near the area touched.

            Sometimes at night i would scratch myself by accident causing swelling and itching, i would scratch more, more swelling and itching and by the time i realized what i was doing of my body would be swollen (legs, back, bottocks, stomach area!): the appearance identical to that of someone who had scartissue from a severe fire accident. Swollen, thick, itchy hot skin. Terrible.

            By then i realized it was not a normal allergy, not caused by some external factors and the internet taught me about Dermtographia. I could write texts on my skin! After hours (days!) of obsessive internet research most people seem to indicate it is food related so the months that followed i focussed on food: changing diets, leaving out certain ingredients, trying oats, adding vitamins, trying different brands of mineral water: all ideas and tips available on the net i tried them. Nothing worked.

            (Only thing i did notice that for some reason my symptoms got worse after eating a lot of processed sugars. Drinking cola or eating mcdonalds for example would almost instantly create an itch-attack causing my skin to swell much faster than normal.).

            After some month where i could find nothing that would make any _substantial_ difference i decided to move on to the next phase: anti-histamines:

            I bought a random type of antihistamine (first generation as i later learned) and wow: no more swelling and itching after 30 minutes taking a small pill! What a relief! No more itching!

            But within a few hours i learned about the downsides: i got tired, decided to take a small nap.. and woke up 24 hours later! Heavy sedation from a pill just a few millimeters big for almost 48 hours. Not good!

            Second disadvantage: although no more itching and swelling: the anti histamine seemed to make my skin even more red when touched and not just red: a more unnatural type of red that would last for an hour instead of 30 minutes: touching my face, neck or hands by accident during the day really made me look like a clown.

            During this period i also did several blood and urine tests even an allround STD test: all came out normal.

            I soon discovered second generation antihistamines (that would still make me tired but not as much) but unfortunately they all caused my skin to turn orange instead of red when touched.

            (Note for antihistamine users: i experimented with 8 different antihistamines: the one most effective and least sedative was Loratadine / Lorano. If you intend to take antihistamine daily take a half or even of a pill instead of 1. Same effect after a week of buildup, your body will not become resistent to it as fast as when you take 1 a day and less side effects (sedation).

            Hard to believe such small pill can be so powerful but it works.... If after some months the effects of your antihistamine become less: switch to another one.)

            After 9 months or so i got used to my condition, quit using antihistamines and trained myself enough to avoid most things that would cause symptoms. (interesting how your brain adapts, from how you shave, sit down, take of your tshirt, touch your neck, learn to not scratch yourself when you itchy etc. You automatically adapt your habits to avoid skin pressure).

            Except for public embarrassment (shopping for clothes and trying them on in the shop? or getting a haircut anyone..?) i got used to it.

            A month ago i developed a urinal tract/bladder infection. Nothing special, just painful when peeing. So i went to the doctor and he prescribed me an antibiotic (Norfloxacin 400mg). 2 pills a day for 7 days. Simple treatment. I took the pills, 3 days later my bladder infection symptoms went away. All good.

            Next day i walk on the street with a girl and we were fooling around and as a joke she grabbed me by my neck with her hand. She didnt know i have dermatographia but i ofcourse knew that 3 minutes later my neck would be so swollen and red it would look as if someone had tried to strangle me...oh boy.

            3 minutes later i looked into a mirror to see how bad the damage was and i was stunned: just a few spots where her fingers touched my neck but nothing severe!

            5 minutes later even those spots were already gone and my neck was back normal!

            I quickly found myself a paperclip and did some scratchtests on my arms and hands: skin would still become a bit more red compared to a normal person but no more swelling and itching!! And 5 minutes later the red would already dissapear. Conclusion: my Dermatographia dissapeared for at least 90% compared to a week earlier!!

            My obvious conclusion is that there is a relationship between the antibiotic treatment and the disappearance of most of my Dermatographia symptoms. During my research days i did find a few messages on several messageboards claiming peoples symptoms went away after their infection was healed but didnt put much weight to it.

            Another thing that changed since my small antibiotics treatment that could be a clue: bowel movements. I wasnt really aware i had a problem with this (they were irregular and i always had issues with my bowels but i have a terrible diet and fast lifestyle so i figured this was the cause) but since my antibiotics treatment i am regular and somewhat normal again.

            This leads me to 2 conclusions:

            Although no signs of any infection, viruses, yeast fungal issues or other things were found during labtests i did earlier:

            Maybe somewhere in my system there is/was a bacterial infection that also caused my dermatographia symptoms and it got fixed with the antibiotics treatment.

            Maybe it was a bacterial imbalance in my bowel system causing my Dermatographia symptoms and it got fixed with the antibiotics treatment. The latter seems most logical because i suppose any other infection in the body for over 1.5 years would have caused some symptoms (pain).

            I hope this information may be useful or a piece of the puzzle for someone out there trying to solve the mystery of this condition that seems to come and go without a clear reason.

            Sincerely,

            Skinwriter Anonymous

            19 july 2014

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            @anonymous: this is really interesting.. I want to try this too.. I don't want to take drugs everyday.. do you think its one more than the other.. maybe sugar??

            thanks

            tanya

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            lauxeck 4 years ago

            I really didn't know about Dermographism (and apparently nor google since it suggests me to put Demographics Lol), but I got to say I'm tremendously impressed with your research and findings! One thing to be real proud of is your will to dig deeper into this and show its nature to people!

            Even though you put a lot in curing/treating dermographism I'd like to suggest you Chapter 2 of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill... There is a true story there about his son and I think you'll be amazingly surprised by that book!

            I wish you the best for your health!

            -Rodolpho

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            we have overcome it,..

            After 18 months of pain and no answers from our Doctor (who just prescribed more antihistamines) a dermatologist diagnosed my 12 year old daughter with dermagraphism.. he said "read as much as u can and decide your own route from here". My daughter's skin got really itchy in the evenings, reduced to tears and we even resorted to her bathing in our swimming pool in the middle of winter.. freezing, but soothed her skin which she couldn't "climb out of". After reading many blogs we told her she was allergic to: wheat, dairy and SUGAR and we were not going to give her drugs to help as those who's blogs we had read, said that, had they know now what damage the drugs did, they wouldn't have taken the drugs (antihistamines). So we stopped wheat, dairy and sugar.. COLD TURKEY. We are 11 months down the road and she has had two mild recurrences ... and we know why its happened when it's come back. At a cake sale at school, a mom who's daughter is gluten intolerant told her that their cakes were safe.. forgetting the sugar issue! and the other time, she ate pre-marinated meat.

            The hardest thing to watch out for is sugar, because it is in everything ! literally every boxed thing out of the shops has sugar in it. I use xylitol, agarve, honey as sweeteners now.. baking is very difficult as the gluten free flours just don't bind! But that is it for her.. no sugar, no wheat and no dairy. simple really. she lost 8kg in 3 months - she had it to loose. She looks much better for it. Her blocked sinuses are no longer blocked. She has just recently had a few sneezy days, but that must be our dry, dusty winter air.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            ANSWERS! IT FEELS SO GOOD TO HAVE ANSWERS! A few years ago, my skin began breaking out into hives. Whenever I scratched my skin, it would look like I was attacked! Last year, I did finally go to an allergist and he didn't really know what to say, except for that it was definitely urticaria (and to avoid stress, ibuprofen, and excessive heat). I did some research on it and saw dermographic urticaria, but I felt as if it was too extreme for what was happening to me....until today (9 months later), when I decided to look up what else could be the cause and actually READ the information on dermographism....and everything I have read is exactly me! My skin begins to tingle a little, as if I have an itch, followed by a warm sensation, then it puffs up in the form of whatever scratched it. If I am accidentally slapped, the lines form in that hand shape (working with little kids, I have received handprint tattoos for an hour), or pressure against my skin causes it to swell up. I have also noticed it mostly happens when I am stressed or enter a warm climate (thus whenever my external body temperature is raised). It also lasts for 20-40 minutes, causing people to freak out and ask if I am ok! It never hurts either, just really uncomfortable. It's amazing what the human body can do!

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            amosvee 4 years ago

            I am sorry you suffer from this, but it is fascinating, and you covered it very thoroughly and engagingly. I am starting to think that many people are pre-disposed to have trouble with grains and gluten, and I'm trying (for other ailments) to rid my diet of them.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            Onset for me was s semester into medical school- my advisor says it is stress but I'm not entirely convinced thats it. I take an OTC antihistamine everyday but it still happens in the evenings. My back, stomach, knees, ankles, and elbows are the worst. Acquired a gluten intolerance 6 mo prior. Really distracting at night when I need to study. Thank God for antihistamines though- I can at least fall asleep now. Was allergy symptom free after 5 yrs of allergy shots, for at least a year until Med School. Looking forward to the Skin, Blood, and Lymph blockthis fall- perhaps it will provide some insight?

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            I got diagnosed with Dermographism almost a year ago. I am 24 years old. The only thing I can contribute it to is STESS! I have been under tremendous stress and it has led to other medical issues as well. My Dr. Prescribed 2 antihistamines. 1 in the morn and 1 at night cuz it was pretty severe. Absolutely anything that touched my body anywhere would cause a scratch and then a welt and extreme itchiness!

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            touchreader 4 years ago

            I've never known anyone with dermographism. This is the first I have heard of it. I'm sure I've met people that had the condition but I just didn't know it. This has been very information. Thank you for the lens.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            Hi and thanks for this site - it's been so helpful! I've been suffering with breakouts of hives for the past several months - I've recently bought a house, and many people have suggested that the hives were the result of stress from the move. I do believe that's what triggered it, but after seeing this site and a few more I'm convinced I have dermographism! I have no other allergies that I know of, but I do suffer from low thyroid function, which I've seen in a few places may be linked to dermographism. Since a bad flare-up a few days ago, I've been photographing and documenting my hives pretty well - I guess I should go to the doctor and get an official diagnosis, even though there's no doubt in my mind that I've got dermographism. I'm also going to try researching the link between dermography and thyroid. Thanks so much, you've been so helpful! And if you'd like photos, I've taken a few this weekend.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            I have had this since I was a child. I am now 43. I scratch, I welt, & people freak out. It goes away within 30 mins., so no big deal. I am an elementary school teacher and have to explain to my students every year about my skin. When they first see it, they get worried. I just laugh it off. It goes away. I have met one other person (another teacher) with the same disorder. I have my ears pierced (since I was 7), no problems. No tattoos...my choice though. This is just something I have always lived with & when I welt, my kids tell me to stop scratching ( I don't even realize it), but it goes away & life goes on. :)

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            I'm 15, i can't remember when i exactly developed it but i think it was just after i broke my left wrist. it was a bad break as the tenant got trapped between the bone and i had ro endure a two and a half hour operation. My hives constantly bug me although they seem to be improving. I am constantly getting embarrassed at school if i get hit with the ball in p.e or something and i suddenly develop a huge red mark. i have perviously researched it but i do not want to take tablets because they make me feel hazy. I have just started researching again recently because i'm looking into getting a nose piercing but i don't want to take an allergic reaction. does anyone have problems with piercings?

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            I developed this condition when I was about 14 years old (I am now almost 25). I first noticed it while I was trying on clothes with a friend at the mall, who pointed it out to me. I was immediately embarrassed. I have seen one dermatologist, who told me that I might grow out of it - clearly that hasn't happened. My father has Celiac disease so it's possible he passed that on to me, but I haven't been tested for it yet. I don't have any other symptoms of the disease, however, I understand it can present very differently in everyone. I have not tried taking anti-histamines because they make me feel like a zombie. I wish the medical world had a better understanding of this disease. I realize it's not life threatening, but it's a constant nuisance. I hate when people point out welts to me (that I didn't even know were there) and ask about it. I was so worried about welts being noticeable in my wedding photos (luckily I was welt free during photos). I have been doing research on this disease for years and still feel like I don't completely understand it.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            I developed Dermographism after I was diagnosed with Crohns disease. I just live with it, but do have to take an antihistamine every day. If I miss a day, it's okay, but if I miss two days without the antihistamine then I am itching from the top of my head to my toes. I just live with it. It is what it is. It does get some screwed up faces from the people I come into contact with when I'm welted up, but I try to explain as best I can. I have so far not have anybody say that they know anyone else with it, so it must not be all that common....

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            A long time member of the itchy club I have been on generic ATARAX LIQUID, about 1/8+ tsp at night. Skip a night? OK. Skip two and I'll suffer, head to toe. After almost 40 years- that's what I said- it is the only thing that works consistently. Oatmeal baths, Calydryl lotion, Benadryl, etc. are all short, short term band aids. Current P.A. Thinks I should wean from it as I have been on it soooooooo long. I found a new health care provider! Don't know of underlying conditions other than personal experience: thyroid disease and thyroid cancer, skin cancer and possible glycogen storage disease.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I am in agony. I am having to take fexo180 every day to reduce the itching and the embarrassing welts. My partner and I are wanting to start a family and I am scared that the tablets I am taking is going to affect this(says not to take when pregnant or trying to concieve)? I am over weight, and I suspect that this disease has something to do with my rapid weight gain. PLEASE PLEASE, Someone help me work this out. Its driving me insane! :(

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            LovelyMom77 5 years ago

            I never knew of this and it was a VERY interesting read. BEST of LUCK!

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I'm thirty one years old. I've never had skin problems other than acne all my life. After four kids all of a sudden I've been itching terrible so,my chest, my arms, head, back, my chin and neck. I welt so bad till it looks like Braille, sometimes like scratchirri marks but most areas just looked all blotchy n red n sitting up from myn skin like minor keloids. I'm so happy I'm not alone,I pray constantly about this matter n in faith hope for healing. Its embarrassing nirritating

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            oiloflife 5 years ago

            Terrific lens! Thanks for all of the other lens references and online resources.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @anonymous: sorry to say topical treatments dont help at all, at least for me. believe me, i've tried them all! i got a tattoo and i had no problems, but it was also a small tattoo so it didnt take long. hope this helps

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I am 25 now, i first started getting symptoms when i was 21, just 5 months after i had my oldest son. i would get insanely itchy and i couldn't resist scratching, it was especially bad on my back, head and my stomach, my back would look like one of those bumby topagraphical maps. sometimes it would only last for a couple hours, sometimes for a day or 2. my doc and i did the whole, eliminating riggers thing and nothing worked, benedryl didnt work. she gave me an antihistemine that knocked me out for a day or 2 but i couldnt really take them because i have kids, not sure if they even stopped the itching, i was passed out,lol. i was miserable, stress makes it worse. i hated bringing groceries inside because the plastic handles would leave red welted stripes all over my wrists for hours. i went to a dermatologist and she diagnosed me with dermographism. i take zyrtec once a day and it helps, but not as much as it used to. especially if i'm stressed out or overtired or sick. I've resigned myself to being itchy and bumpy for the rest of my life, with a small glimmer of hope that it will just go away someday,like they say it can

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Ive come across this site , i was wondering if anybody knew of anyone doing this to themselves? im constantley digging objects into my arm and legs to make imprints , i absoloutley love the feel of the texture of it, I take pictures after just to look back on . When i finish making patterns ect, irl just rub my hand over the patch and it just gives me shivers . i love it so much . everybody i know just thinks im a complete nutter, i cant find anything on the internet anywere about it . its frustrating it would be a huge comfort to get more information on this PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! :(

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            TeamEdward10120 5 years ago

            I was diagnosed with Dermographism when i was just a baby. i have had it all my life. over the years, it seems to me that it has indeed gotten worse. i think about acupuncture, hiding myself, and covering my face everywhere i go. i am 12 years old, and school doesn't help. people who have asked before, but don't remember always ask "omg! what is that!?! r u OK? who hit u?" when i know no one has hit me, i cannot even feel pain. i cannot play around without having welts and red splotches all over me. i get so embarrassed, so after every class i go to the bathroom just to see if i am covered in red and ugly marks that have invaded my life. i know it must seem not so bad but walking around with marks, bumps, welts and not knowing y people look at u is truly terrible. i should have gotten used to it, but no i havent! im glad to finally know that other people have this skin syndrome other than my cousin.- she got acupuncture and says it works.

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            Willow Wood 5 years ago

            Wow, this was incredibly interesting. I'd never heard of Dermographism before, I didn't even know Urticaria branched out into so many different areas. My cousin has severe Cold Urticaria and I have Raynaud's phenomenon, but I've never looked into the different skin syndromes. This was seriously fascinating and I've learnt a lot. Thank you!

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @anonymous: David

            My youngest daughter also has dermatographia for her entire life. Contact pressure causes hives and welts. When she scratches, which she rarely allows herself to do, her back looks like drawings and paintings I have seen of slaves that were whipped. When people stare at her back, legs, arms, chest whatever part that is affected that hour from contact pressure she would say to us if people do not want to see it, then they should not look. Their staring never bothered her, but the worse was yet to come.

            At 15, she started to itch and burn spontaneously with no rash or hives present. She would sit on the couch and cry from the hours of discomfort and pain. Presently, she is 19 years old. She cannot go more than 48 hours without an itching episode. We feel bad for her as her family, but she does not feel bad for herself. She never asks, Why me? Instead she asks someone has to get, so why not me? She also tells us that they are 1000s of teens that would trade conditions with her. At least in between episodes she has a completely normal life and even during episodes she can do more that most teens with medical conditions. Her attitude came from volunteering as a tertiary care hospital for two years. From the ages of 14-16, she worked with people who had the most horrible injuries or birth defects. She admits every time she would feel down, her volunteer work would make her realize how silly she was being. She wrote her college entrance essay on the amazing residences of that hospital doing the best you can because there is no other choice.

            She does not think of herself as a freak! Perhaps you should seriously consider stepping outside your own problem. Ask your parent to help you. You need to find positive inspiration and direction. You can do it!!!

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I was diagnosed today by a dermatologist with dermagraphism and a google search led me here. After reading many of your stories I believe ive just put together a puzzle about myself overt the last hour.

            I believe I have had this my entire life (I'm 44). As a kid my friends made me a human etch a sketch. And an hour later they'd do it all over again. In those days I didn't have any of the hives and itching that have have bothered me over the past decade.

            The rash seems to effect my entire my entire body to some degree except my face. Perhaps my face just receives less contact. My arms legs trunk Burt and back are the worst areas. For years my Dr. Has believed that I had allergies to adhesives and latex. Now I'm wondering if perhaps I'm breaking out from the pressure behind the proceduce rather than the adhesives/latex/bandaids. Ive also nooticed hives after carrying wood folders and paper realms (previously assuming a wood allergy) now considering it was the pressure from carrying/touching these items that caused the rash. Baths are a terrible trigger for me. I almost dread bathing because its always followed two hours of painful misery. Heat and sun affect me the same as bathing.

            I have very dry skin with eczema. The eczema cream does tend to calm to welter from this disorder slightly as well. I scar very easily and develop large keloid on my skin from stitches which I'm told is rare for caucasion skin. I have I high degree of stretch marks and scar very easily. I also bruise easily. Does anyone else notice any of these other strange symptoms?

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            FlynntheCat1 5 years ago

            @anonymous: I'm no sure you've read the article properly; I do not describe those symptoms anywhere and do not suffer from them, and nor do any of the commentors so far. If you ARE talking about dermographism, then UV light has been shown to only provide temporary relief, if that.

            I see you have been leaving variations on this comment on articles about allergies all over the internet; if you are genuine, that isn't really the best way to get responses, and it makes you look like a spammer or a scammer, or just very confused.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Who ever has this problem, don't give up. There is a remedy for this. Please let me know the calcium content in your blood. I feel the skin surface is tough and hard and stiff bone too. You will be having itching in bone (inside) and pain too. I am having a solution in the form of Light rays that can be passed through Silver vessel that contains certain herbals. No oral medicine. Please mail me!

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            ive had this for all of my life people call me a freak or say thats cool but people except it and im glad its hard to live with this im 15 almost 16 and its still hard sometimes i dont know what to think because i sometimes wonder why me i find myself as a freak.

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            AnnMarie7 5 years ago

            I have never seen or heard of this skin condition before. This lens was fascinating to read. I know that it hurts you, which is awful, but I think it's kind of neat for the people it doesn't hurt. The lens photo is what caught my eye and made me decide to read this. Great lens!

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            MissChassit 5 years ago

            I saw stuff about the artist on tumblr! As soon as I saw the word and the picture on the lens, I knew I wanted to read this.

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            JustOneGuy 5 years ago

            An absolutely beautiful lens. I'm an old man and the two kids in the videos break my heart. I wish I could help them somehow.

            Maybe I can. I am pretty damn good with databases and would volunteer to collect metrics (measurements) of blood test information, prescriptions and consequences, that sort of thing.

            I have glaucoma and the doctors know how to treat it and delay subsequent damage somewhat but have absolutely no idea about what causes it. It could be related to uticaria, for all we know. In a study performed at the Mayo Clinic using a database containing information about glaucoma patients, a correlation was stumbled on which seemed to connect retinal damage (which is technically what you have to have to be diagnosed with glaucoma) with low spinal fluid pressure. A high percentage of people with glaucoma damage also have low spinal fluid pressure, but not all. Again, no clue as to cause so they deal with the effect.

            Without the data, none of this stuff will get handled properly and the causes will not be identified. The incentive for solutions is not in curing and dealing with the cause, it's in dealing with producing bandaids. So, we need to do it ourselves.

            Thanks to the creator of the lens and the two kids, the beautiful girl and the guy with the incredible voice who looks so sad. (I don't do beauty judgements on guys, sorry, not my thing).

            Please pass along any ideas for measurements to flynn the cat and if he wants me to lay out a database for this or collaborate with him, I will. And maybe something already exists that we could plug into. If I can help before I go blind, I will..

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            flycatcherrr 5 years ago

            What a remarkable condition! I'm very sorry you have to live with this complication, but grateful you shared this information. I would have assumed such markings were intentionally made... wow, the human body is truly astonishing.

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            RaidaMoon 5 years ago

            Wow! As someone who's been on the other end of daily allergy shots, I'm sorry that you have to go through this but great job on writing about it. This article it very well thought out and put together. Very interesting read.

            ~Cheers

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I have had dermographia for at least 8 years. I say at least because I've had it for as long as I can really remember (I'm 21 now), but I always thought it was a normal reaction. Originally I thought that i had an allergy to adhesives, because contact with adhesives would make me break out into hives. It didn't take long to realize that any pressure, whether from myself, from carrying something, or even from clothing would give me hives. Mine seems to be especially pronounced when I am hot or when I am under a lot of stress. My doctor prescribed Allegra and initially I had some success with it, but now it doesn't really seem to help. Unfortunately, my doctor doesn't seem to think it's a big deal. Although I wouldn't necessarily describe mine as painful, it is extremely itchy. Once I get a breakout it is a constant struggle to not scratch because of course scratching only makes it spread. It is extremely uncomfortable and sometimes makes it impossible for me to sleep or participate in normal activities.

            I'm curious to know if any of you have had more success seeing a dermatologist versus a general practioner. My doctor said a referral was not necessary because she doesn't believe its a serious problem, but somedays the symptoms are almost unbearable. I am particularly interested in finding something topical that would help with the itchiness once an outbreak occurs.

            Another slightly random question for those with this condition. Have any of you every gotten a tattoo? I am very interesting in getting a tattoo, but I am concerned about how my skin would react given my condition. Just wondering if anyone has tried it, and what the results were.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @MissRiss2012: Yes to everything you said and i also have keratosis pilaris

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @anonymous: Try ALOT of lotion. I get pretty itchy too especially at night when I try to go to sleep. So I just Lather up on the lotion and it seems to help. i recommend gold bond. smells like old man but it works.haha

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I had this condition for quite sometime now 4 or 5 years. it usually gets worse in the winter when my skin gets dry but it is consistent all year round. I don't have any allergies to anything that i know of nor do i have any other conditions, skin or otherwise. I do constantly get a friendly teasing that i have been getting hickeys or someones been beating me haha but turns out i just ended up accidentally scratching my neck, swiped my arm against the corner of the countertop or something equally trivial. I've heard that some people only have certain triggers such as a pencil tip, some sort of metal, or fingernails but mine seems to happen with, well, anything. sometimes if someone grips my arm for long enough i get the swelling a bit.

            I don't take anything for it because I am only 18 and I really don't care to use medication in the first place. It doesn't seem to affect my life enough for me to really feel the need to be medicated. There isn't any pain with it, I'm not terribly embarrassed by it either. people ask questions but they are usually fairly understanding once you say noncommunicable haha.

            I know that all our conditions are different, some more or less severe than others but I was wondering if any one would be able to answer a question for me.

            Is it wise for people with this skin condition to get tattoos??

            I should probably ask a doctor but I thought I would get if first hand from those who live with this.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I have chicken skin (keratosis pilaris) on my upper arms and backs of my thighs, dandruff (treated with Nioxin a few years back and I'm currently on Head and Shoulders dandruff control shampoos to keep it from recurring), eczema ( though nearly cured, it flares up every two months or so), and moderate acne around my nose and hairline.

            I used to get rashes when I'd wash dishes because of the soapy water and when I was younger I'd get itchy elbows from eating apples (that's just freaking weird). (I also have dark, dramatic stretch marks on my stomach, sides, arms, hips, backs of my knees and armpits from a mishap where a doctor prescribed me an antidipressant that they also prescribe for people with eating disorders who need to gain lots of weight quickly...)

            So it's safe to say I have sensitive skin. Plus, I hardly ever get out in the sun, so I'm rather pale and almost sickly looking right now.

            I just turned 18 a month ago and one day out of the blue I started to get a super itchy back. And everywhere I scratch, there's lines of red, raised bumps where my nails have scratched. My grandma (who was a nurse for thirty years) told me that they were allergic reactions to something and that the bumps were definitely hives.

            I read up on it and did a few tests and I can write my name on my forearm with a fingernail and it will puff and stay visible for nearly twenty minutes. Fight before writing this I wrote a few letters on my arm to test it out and forty-five minutes later, there are still white, raised mounds where the letters were.

            I haven't been diagnosed, and the lines only occur with slightly sharp objects like pencils and my fingernails but I'm fairly certain that I've got some form of dermoghraphism.

            It's mostly on my back, forearms and shoulders, but I've noticed it on my feet, sides of my hands and the insides of my knees.

            Is there some other explaination for it? Thanks.

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            MissRiss2012 5 years ago

            I have a quick question. Do any of you, particularly those that have had dermographism since they were children, have extra difficulty managing in-grown hair? How about stretch marks? I have difficulty managing both but the in-grown hair in particular is a nightmare ... in order to get the skin to release the hair trapped below it it means, you guessed it, provoking a welt to appear which further exacerbates the problem.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I HAD same problem with that, i and now i am thinking that maybe it's the allergy reaction to vaccine or maybe some usual production like shampoo, soap or food with those nitrates and everything else who cause it, or we are victims of pharmacy. I had same problem, i think it was even bigger than yours, yes i was scratching like hell, after every single scratch itching was even worse, my illness was a little harder than yours (hope so), do u imagine when u scratch with your nail a certain place, and that small place starts to be itchy right? Well imagine how do i had to feel when my all legs was itching, i mean all legs area except feet's, i went to do allergy reaction survey witch didn't gave me any result, what my doctor did they even didn't know what illness is that, they writed recipe which was cream who has to be applied to reduce itching, i never used it cause i wanted to HEAL my self, not to make my itching temporarily decrease till my organism get used to it i don't recommend for u too people use that medication which only reduces disease not heals it because that's body poisoning. Oi i forgot to say that they did take my blood samples my hemoglobin was pretty high 184+~, so after few months i after father encouragement started to drink more water to decrease my hemoglobin , and i did, it was relief, itching decreased like to 2% from 100%, and by that time little by little disease was falling away, however disease appeared to me from time to time, and i still have those small, very small scratch marks, its for me only noticeable cause i did know about my disease. So i never did take any medication or anything it go away by itself, i hope it will happen to u too, i am from Lithuania, my first disease appeared 13 or less old, now i am 19 and i am healthy. Sorry for my English, i hope u did understand what i had in my mind, things like that wont leave with some kind medication which does practically nothing only harm. Have hope in yourself, don't drink, buy healthy food, eat healthy, sleep well, do gym, love yourself.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Omg I can't belive other ppl have this it started about a month ago an won't go away I can't wear anything that my skin will show an now its starting to come on my face more. The medicines work except for the fact they make me sleepy so I can't take them when I'm at work or wanna not b groggy this sucks I'm itchy all the time an look like freddy kruger attacted me

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I have had it for about 8 years. My drug of choice is Waltin (Clearitin knock off). If I don't take my pill every morning, by about noon I feel like I am going to crawl out of my skin, almost like that chill through your body when you first get the goose bumps? It is enough to drive you CRAZY. When I first got it, I didn't know what was wrong with me until I could not stand the ichy feeling anymore so I saw my doctor. He had no clue why I would have got it. I have no allergy that I am aware of, dark hair, not fair skinned, and was not too stressed out at the time, well maybe a little, but who isn't. I have by now just learned to not touch my skin much (but my friends love to write notes on my back in the summer). The only time I have to explain my sittuation is when I get a hair cut and they use the clippers on my neck, they freak out everytime, then I have to expain its not them and I am ok, but it looks like they were tourchering me. No way am I changing my diet and trying to figure this thing out, I will just keep taking my pill every day and wait for it to go away.... I hope, but if it doesn't I have leared to cope.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Since I was 6, I have had dermographism. I have been able to control the disease for a majority of my life, but sometimes I just want to scream it itches so bad. Should I try to change my diet? I heard that could help.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Four months ago I started getting extremly itchy skin and welts to the point where I just couldnt take it anymore. I went to the doctor and he told me I have dermographism. I wish I could say it was just visual but its not. Let me tell you, the itching can be unbarable! It has affected my life dramatically. I do take an antihistamine which helps, but it never completely controls it. Im so glad to have found other people who can relate because no one ever seems to understand. They just say quit itching it (its not that easy).

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @SCStrat: I did try the diet for urticaria when first found out about it and did seem to work, though I did not start introducing things back in to see which one it was. There were lots of things on the diet; yeast (bread, wine and beer), citric acid (remarkably in lots of things including most soups!), caramel colouring (coke, sweets, etc - there were specific e numbers 101 as I remember) and much more. I found it hard but did it; I ate wraps instead of bread, I made my own soup, I gave up alchohol for a month (what a killer!) and made various amendments to follow this and I didn't get any recurrances within the month. Quite randomly last night a friend was drinking tonic water and remarked it had quinine and said its good for you, I said yes I think it helps with my restless legs at night (see restless leg syndrome!) I said its what they used to combat malaria in old India and how gin & tonic came about (a tonic for malaria). Anyway (long story this one), I did further investigating as it came up with this Restless leg thing which I knew vaguely about, said quinine did help for this, but one of the causes was use of anti histamenes. This tied in with the start of me using them on a regular basis, so did more digging. So now I am going to go back to the diet thing, try to cut out anti histamenes and see where I go from there. It also went on about a link with RLS and parkinsons and further on ADHD and further on alkheimers. Well it started me thinking, as I feel I have soem of the symptons of early onset Parkinsons, but may just be a paranoid hypocondriac! However, all the preventative stuff goes down to diet and exercise and vitaimins, especially iron, sodium, vit K... so i'm trying to get hold of the sheet from my doc with the diet stuff on, so I can start back on it and then start to eliminate the foods one by one. Hope this helps. PS Mine is triggered by heat. I don't have to be touching hot stuff, just hot, though not after exercise (not that I do much), nor from showers (they sometimes help!). My ex used to play noughts and crosses on my arm when she knew I was hot, knowing it would come up! Its not very nice and its hard not to have anti histamenes when you're getting blotches all over your face (i'm a teacher) and the kids are asking if alright or more generally what's up with your face urrrr.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I have chronic urticaria with dermographismd and have had it for over 5 years. When I first found out about it I was given a strict diet and this seemed to work, however was very limiting and involved no alchohol! I decided to go back to a normal diet after a month and not so long after they came back. I was told they should disappear within months, at most 2 years. I also spoke to a different Dr recently, who has urticarea, who said it never goes away. Mine is brought on by heat, not touching heat, just being hot, though funnily enough not particularly after exercise? I have recently started getting restless leg syndrome, which I have just found out can be brought on by anti-histmines! SO now I have to go back to the diet or other things??? Anyone any herbal remedies??

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            SCStrat 5 years ago

            This is so weird. I have had Dermographism since I was 13, I am now 29. I was about 14 when I finally went to the doctor and he told me that I had dermographism, but at that time he could not explain my itching. He just gave a prescription to Claritin, (now I just buy my pills from Costco). This is the first time I have read about anybody else having dermographism and the itching. It actually makes me feel a little knowing that there are other people going through the same issues that i am dealing with. When I was reading this lens, it felt like someone was writing about me and my own experiences.

            So far I have not been able to find anything that makes me feel better. I did the Atkins Diet a few years back, erasing gluten and most dairy from my diet, I lost a lot of weight, but it did not help my itching or welting. I live in the great state of Washington (the great northwest), so it can probably be an endless amount of allergy triggers. I am still waiting for a cure, even as I am writing this comment, I am itching, which means I need to go take my pills.

            Thank you for writing this lens, I will probably try to see if I can change anything in my diet again, to see if that will help get rid of this itching and welting.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Hi, so I read you story and I just found out about it today. I have had this my whole life but the chronic itching is driving me insane I start twitching because if I keep scratching it can go on for hours, so I bite on something drink some Clarityne and twitch and go through it with out scratching although it get pretty hot and itchy it ends in about 20-30min if I don't touch myself or anything sharp till it ends. I should start drinking the pill everyday...you know what they say prevention is better then cure (well not cure but hey)! Thanks for all the info though.

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            ngio64 5 years ago

            Thanks for the info. My kids all have this, without itching just red marks and raised hives. They liked to write on their stomachs and watch it pop up after they were first diagnosed. I am so grateful it is only visual with them, it does not itch or burn them.

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            FlynntheCat1 5 years ago

            @anonymous: Hi oneanjel - I'm afraid I have nothing to do with that, and I can't even see your email. The people to contact would be the actual staff of Squidoo - http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo/65431441-Help-Feedb...

            I've never heard of anyone getting spammed after commenting here before though - you don't use this email for Facebook or anywhere else, by any chance? FB has led to spammers/hackers getting hold of people's emails en masse at least twice in the last year. Maybe try googling your email to see if it's showing anywhere?

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Hi, is there some way to remove my email from your system or whereever it's stored, maybe remove my comments? This is the only site I've posted to with this email and ever since then I have recieved over 300 spam. previously I had NO spam so I know it's connected to my comments here somehow and leaving my email address for updates. Thanks.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            For several years I had a classic case of dermographism which was treated by antihistamine prescribed by my doctor. After about six months the condition persisted so I attended a skin specialist in Manchester, UK. She confirmed my demographism, but said that my only solution was to discover the cause and eliminate it. After about three years, by chance, I found that it was caused by instant coffee. Now I totally avoid instant coffee and am completely free of dermographism. The only time I get it is if I inadvertently consume instant coffee, when it has been put in a cake for instance. A friend has also narrowed down a gum inflammation to instant coffee.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            If you are on daily Cetirizine, and you go to a place that is allergen free as far as you can tell. Be really sure to step down from the Cetirizine slowly. One of its commonly known but unlisted withdrawal symptoms is allergic itchiness, for months after use. (Read: How to confuse an allergy sufferer for years) For me this presented as dermographism for months following years of use. I am no longer on antihistamines, but at least now when I know when I'm in an environment that is causing my allergies and when I am not.

            Good luck!

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            Loveyourshoes 5 years ago

            just stumbled onto this lens after seeing you leave some harsh but fair(contradiction in terms?) comments on a spammers lens. The depth and scope of this lens is very impressive and I was never aware of the existence of Dermographism.

            Time to stop complaining about dry skin then.....

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            Frank Edens 5 years ago

            Now i know what you get the purple star for this! I know someone in my family who has the same problem for 2,5 years, and suddenly it stopped and he said : I won't do it anymore, i want to live further. amazing... Thanx for the lens...

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Update: Due to a feeling of hunger after eating I discovered I have something called Candidas Albicans. This is a yeast overgrowth in the organs and can cause several similar symtoms to Celiac Disease (and is associated with Celiac Disease) such as fatigue, muscle weakness, and also can cause skin abnormalities such as intense itching (although it doesn't specify Dermography). This happens when the yeast are very active after they are fed by the person consuming sugars, yeasts, or milk. I have gone on a very strict diet (look up Candidas Diet) and my dermography has subsided completely so far as well as much of the fatigue and weakness. You have to follow the diet very strictly for 6 weeks and then you can start adding foods back (dairy, sugars, grain) one by one to see if you have a reaction.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I am a 16 year old male

            The first that I can remember having the condition was a couple of years ago, I might have had it since birth but I don't think so. It is sometimes good but ussually annoying, all I have to do to turn red is jsut rest my hand on my skin, but if I scratch it breaks out and puffs up. It seems to be increased when I'm nervous. It is very bad on my neck, it barely happens on face on feet or anything like that. It is quite embarrasing, people ask to draw on me and stuff, which is a bit funny but it is mostly embarrasing.

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            CofCJenny LM 5 years ago

            Wow! I've never heard or seen anything like this. I wanted to check it out because my brother has serious skin issues that the doctors can't seem to figure out, but it's nothing like this.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            @anonymous: I was not officially diagnosed but I believe I have Celiac Disease and the symptoms were greatly reduced by eliminating all forms of gluten. It took me some time to realize all the hidden gluten in processed foods so it was several months that I had no relief. Then I started reading ingredients very carefully. Unfortunately anything labeled "natural/artificial flavors" usually means a good chance it has gluten. Go for fresh unprocessed food that have all pure ingredients. Also keep in mind that some people actually think that only Whole Wheat has gluten (I have no idea why) so if you're eating with friends who tell you they did not put gluten in the food ask what exactly is in it instead so you can determine for yourself. If they used a certain seasoning or sauce it might have gluten. Read the label. Also most potato chips have some form of gluten. For the same reason don't trust restaurants that you have not researched yourself. Even corn tortillas are sometimes made with added ingredients that contain gluten; and some restaurants add pancake batter to their eggs, and so forth. Be very diligent and then see if your symptoms are not greatly reduced. Mine still come a few times a week but they used to be several times a day! Good luck.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I do believe I have Celiac Disease. I did take antibiotics at different points & but I can't attribute my symptoms to that. Mine began in my 40s. Eventually I found that Celiac Disease listed all of my symptoms. Cutting out gluten entirely (one must take there diet to whole natural foods completely, and this is an easy way of life with lots of food choices when you get used to it) took my dermographic symptoms from several times a day down to several times a week, and reduced or eliminated several other Celiac Disease symptoms such as muscle weakness and fatigue, but I still have some unexplained fatigue often. It also eliminated snoring & heartburn completely & I lost 10 lbs within a few months. I still consume oats since most studies now show oats do not have gluten naturally. As far as the hives and intense itching, it seems to just show up one day and not another. At times I have intense itching where scratching causes the writing welts; other times it begins when I take off clothing, then I see the redness and the itching and welts just appear (in the shape of buckles of bra straps, etc.)

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Wow, thanks for putting this page up. I've had this about 7 yrs & had no idea what it was other than "hives." The link for sharing a story doesn't give me anything but Squidoo's home page so I'll leave a bit more info here. Mine isn't as constant as yours but I had thought it was a food allergy gluten & I went to every measure to avoid all forms of gluten (hidden in almost every processed food on the shelf of your local market!) yet the intense itching and skin writing hives still occured though much less frequently. The thing that I find relieves the itching and pain oddly enough is rubbing alcohol, although it burns for a second.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, then told I didnt have it, and am now told I may actually have it. My Dermatographism is getting worse, for sure, and Im afraid it may actually be a gluten allergy. I was gluten free for three years and I know I can do it again, but Im just not convinced that gluten is the culprit. Does anyoe have any experience with eliminating the skin symptoms after riding themselves of gluten? If so, how long did it take? Thanks!

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            I have dermatographia. I got it about 4 years ago, I had no idea why all of a sudden my skin was itchy and would welt up with hives. It became so terrible I ended up going to the doctors and he knew what it was right away, but he didn't have a cause. He perscribed me zyrtec 10mg and cimetidine 800mg, one tablet of each, once a day. I took these until the perscription wore out. Amazing, the symptons went away and I didn't have it anymore. Until....I gave birth to my son, out of no where, the itching, and swelling of my lips from hives came back. So, I went back on the perscriptions and it kept the welts and itching at bay (only if I took them every day, missing one day, would bring it right back). I thought I might be allergic to something, because I also have very bad sinus problems, headaches and ear pressure, bad enough to make me feel like I have a mashmellow for a brain. So, I finally went to see an allergist last week. Turns out I have food allergies to many many foods (chocolate, wheat, oat, malt, rice, chicken, corn, tomatoes, etc.), basically every basic food that is in everything. For the past week I cleansed my body (usually takes up to one week), of all the foods I have sensitivites to. I also stopped taking my meds just to see if the hives would go away too. So far the hives are not bad, still there but not as severe. Since the allergist couldn't test me every food (because there are too many), I have to now monitor everything I eat and journal how I feel. I am not a doctor or anything, but it seems like dermographism is associated with many of us who have food sensitivities/allergies. It is a strange condition, but it fun to watch people freak out when you write something in your arm. It was great to hear other peoples stories, since the research on dermotographia is limited. Best of luck to everyone!

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            bames24 lm 5 years ago

            I have to admit that I have never heard of that before. Great lens... very informative.

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            i first had dermatographism 3 years ago and il lasted foe about an year..durring that year i took 5 kinds of drugs but none of them worked, i mean it didn`t each but the redness was still there.. after a year it just disappeared..don`t know why,don`t know how..

            now,about a mounth ago it came back worst :(

            what i actually wanted to say is that the doctors i`ve seen told me it is caused by stress and for me it was a good explation because both of the times it appeared i was under a lot of stress..i mean a lot!!! BUT when i started to make a research i couldn`t find anything about the link between stress and the disease.. so i don`t know if they told me that just because they didn`t have a clue to what i am allergic at or if it really is stress that makes my skin each :)

            the doctors also told me to cut off caffeine,chocolate or alcohol...

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            Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

            When my daughter was in her early teens, she started developing intensely itchy welts wherever she scratched. We were so confused and tried so hard to figure out what the problem was. Then we found a photograph in one of our medical books that showed what dermographism looked like - and we knew we had a diagnosis. It couldn't be anything else. We never found the cause of it - until maybe now - because my daughter (now 31) has been diagnosed with Celiac. I have no idea how long she's had it. Wow. Thank you for this fascinating lens. I'm going to share it with my girl.

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            jseven lm 6 years ago

            Interesting lens. I am interested in building up my immunity to allergies through minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It seems that the histamines are on high alert because of the enzymes in the digestive tract not being activated and certain enzymes will help that.

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            sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            wow! my husband has it. he"ll suddenly start itching ( usually on his upper back and upper arms.) he starts scratching uncontrollably and within minutes looks like someone whipped him repeatedly! he also is always taking off his watch and scratching though that doesnt get such dramatic welts. a trip to the allergist confirmed dermographism but the testing didn't help much since he reacted to every single thing they pricked him for! (due to the skin sensitivity) he basically just lives with it

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            Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

            Thanks for these info. I often have hives which I blame on strawberries or wine but just a bit pressure on my skin gives me rashes but I don`t think it is dermographism. My skin is just more sensitive.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I had this condition with overwhelming uticaria - it was driving me nuts. Usually worse just on getting into bed at night the overwhelming urge to scratch would make every nighttime a nightmare before sleep. I've had this for over 10 years with no cause although have often thought it was associated with a food allergy - I don't have any other allergies. Recently I did a lifestyle change to a primal diet and cut out grains altogether - no bread, rice, pasta, flour etc. That was 6 weeks ago and over the past few weeks I noticed the bouts of itching just stopped. The weals still come up but not as often and they go quicker. I'm not holding my breath but maybe this is my cure!

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I have had dermographism for about a year and a half now. It took a while to accept it and learn to live with it. Summertime is the worst, since heat seems to make it worse. The hardest part is the itchiness and burning. I'm used to the welts. I'm hoping one day it will disappear, but I'm not holding my breath.

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            AgingIntoDisabi 6 years ago

            Live and learn - never heard of this until now.

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            stylishimo1 6 years ago

            Wow, I never knew about this condition until now, this is a very interesting lens, thanks for educating me on the subject.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            @anonymous: Mine does. There are times when i have extreme prickly feelings without a rash. Feels alot like mosquitos biting-It hurts then itches and is migrative, affecting random places.

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @anonymous: Hi Jana. It really depends on what's causing it - one of those would be good, and a GP could run basic 'are you allergic' tests and refer you.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            Would you recommend seeing a General Practitioner, dermatologist or an allergist to discuss this problem?

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            ViJuvenate 6 years ago

            Very interesting. I've never seen this on the internet before. There were some young teen girls that would do this occasionally for fun, but it was much milder than the welts shown here, and their skin seemed to grow out of it. I hope this is not too uncomfortable for you.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            thank you so much for writing about your experiences. I was just told I have dermographism and have dealt with comments from friends/coworkers for years about marks on my skin that I rarely even notice. Turns out my boss has the same thing. zyrtec for a month works for her to clear it up. Not sure what works for me, but zyrtec seems to help. I'm almost afraid it gets worse when I stop taking the pills, but we'll see how it goes. A dog said trying zantac could help as well. Will keep on trucking. Thanks again!

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            vkumar05 6 years ago

            Excellent Squid. I don't think better information on this topic is available anywhere else. Great work. Thanks for putting it up.

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            wheelbound 6 years ago

            Have never heard of this before this post. Thank you for sharing it with us. Very informative.

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            tuesdayblues 6 years ago

            wow that is weird but kinda cool :/

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @rorymullen lm: Haha, not yet - I do get various 'OMG WHAT HAPPENED' comments, but anyone who knows me well enough to ask me about it usually knows me well enough to know that it wasn't there earlier, so clearly isn't an old injury but something that must have 'just happened to me'

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            rorymullen lm 6 years ago

            I feel soo bad for these people.I do not have this condition but I feel for the people who do. Question, Do you get blamed for self mutilation at times?

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            scar4 6 years ago

            This is such as long lens:) well done! Good to know something about Dermographism.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I daughter has dermatographia since she was young (about 10 years old). About the age of 15 she started itching and burning with and without the presents of raised marks. Mostly without. She can itch 20 minutes to 72 hours. The doctors tell us she just has a very bad case of dermatographia. I am not sure I believe them. Does anyone's skin burn and itch without the presents of red raise lines or wheals?

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            nenierhea 6 years ago

            This lens got my attention. Amazing! As I read your lens, I can't imagine that this happens also. I thank God that He blessed me to have a good health. I can't imagine what they are doing to those people who have this kind of skin allergy..

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I was diagnosed with dermographism several years ago. I slowly began to get this unrelenting itch starting on my scalp and hands, which eventually was all over my body! It was 24-7, I couldn't sleep and had no idea what it was. When I went to the clinic at my university, they had no idea what it was, and told me to take antihistamines and use moisturizers. I was able to get a referral to a dermatologist and she diagnosed me right away (she herself had the condition as well).

            This condition doesn't go away. For years now Ive taken an extra strength antihistamine every day, and if I stop, the itch comes back. Even when I am medicated, any pressure from brushing up against something or scratching myself reveals an angry red welt.

            Thank you for all the info you have here about the condition, it was a very good read! ^^

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            pixelposy 6 years ago

            The only time my skin will do that is if a cat scratches me and it doesn't feel good. Very interesting and well put together lens. I loved the video of the artist. How cool to turn something that embarrassed her into her lively hood.

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            CoolFoto 6 years ago

            And blessed by a Travel neighborhood Angel. :)

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            CoolFoto 6 years ago

            I have never seen anyone with this condition. But, I have all the allergies mentioned. At about age 30 I had the full allergy test and then 1 year of doctor given injections. My allergy symptoms have been much reduced since then. Maybe those shots saved me from developing this condition.

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            natashaely 6 years ago

            This is a truly incredible page, a lot of clear and concise information, well written and very useful. I had severe dermographia as a baby, huge blisters all over my body and although i cannot remember it, I know when mistakes have been made with my food, usually by well meaning people and a couple of times myself that it flares up and it is horrible.

            Thank you for this wonderful page. I have added a link onto a page i have created as I think people should read this. Thank you again. Natasha

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            JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

            Wow!

            Very thorough lens!

            With Love and Gratitude,

            Jeremiah

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            crazycuriosity 6 years ago

            Interesting Lens. I have something going on with my skin, and I recently seem to be getting more and more allergic reactions to foods or something. I need to get tested. Thanks for the Lens. I am new to Squidoo and appreciate ideas.

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            calliemorris lm 6 years ago

            Really really interesting lens... Thanks for all the information! Will be checking out your other lenses now :)

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            Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

            Great lens on the subject. Looked very thorough.

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            lasertek lm 6 years ago

            I have not heard about this condition as well. But I may have encountered a number of people having the symptoms. Great information by the way!

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              anonymous 4 years ago

              Hi All

              first episode about 6yrs old when a rubber bike tube snapped and whipped my leg suffered every day until 30 when a doctor finally said "just take claryntine" I take one and usually go 3 to 4 days depending on the time of the year before needing another some times up to a week before I start getting itchy again. iam now 41

              24 years before I could wear shorts. people would be bemused at why I would have jeans on in the middle of summer., When I think of all the nights I itched myself to sleep. It was novel through my school days though.

              Cheers

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              thesoundman 4 years ago

              I've had dermographism twice, many years ago. Each time it was after I had taken the drug flexeril for a number of months for chronic muscle pain. As soon as I came off the drug I'd get dermographism for a number of months and then it was done. Ofcourse, the doctors said there could be no connection, but I KNOW it was part of my body detoxing that drug.

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              TapIn2U 4 years ago

              This looks painful. Sundae ;-)

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              FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

              @rosiembanks: YES YOU CAN. So stop it.

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              rosiembanks 4 years ago

              @FlynntheCat1: Um... lots. It's lots. Look, I can't help it if I'm awesome!

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              FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

              @rosiembanks: Okay, you're getting creepy now :D Next thing, you're going to start telling me how many Discworld books you've read more than four times.

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              rosiembanks 4 years ago

              My skin does this! I didn't realise it was a condition until I stumbled on the Wikipedia article a while ago. I just use it as a weird trick to freak people out or, occasionally, a way to entertain myself when I'm bored :P I must have the mild form because it doesn't itch or hurt (beyond the pain of having scratched myself), just goes red and puffs up in the shape of the scratch. But then I have pretty bad eczema so my skin is itchy and sore a lot of the time anyway, so I guess I wouldn't necessarily notice. Bookmarking this for future reference!

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              drmork 4 years ago

              Great lens! This is interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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              dellgirl 4 years ago

              ~SquidAngel Blessings~ for this wonderful lens on Dermographism - The Skin Writing Allergy.Thanks for sharing this.

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              anonymous 4 years ago

              Thank goodness other people have this. I think I also got it after a bout of antibiotics about 9 years ago but I also have a Liver disorder and I have excess bile salts that cause me to itch and therefore I itch a lot!!! I have days that I call "red days" when I am really bad and other days when I am just bad. I take Loratadine when I am really bad cause I get that grumpy I don't know what to do with myself. My Liver drugs apparently also help. It takes 20 min for the Loratadine to work and in this time, I go by myself somewhere as I get that grumpy with the itch and the tablets last about 3-7 days when I am really bad. We need a cure! Creams rubbed on, only cause more itch!!

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              Dawn Lasmanis 4 years ago from Ocala, Florida

              Wow. I stumbled on your lens quite by accident and found myself reading up on this condition I had never even heard of until now! Excellent source of information. Great lens!

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              JoshK47 5 years ago

              Fascinating - I'd never heard of this before, and you covered it so well here. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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              ChenB 5 years ago

              Thank you for shedding light on skin writing. I had no idea this condition exists. Thank you for making this wonderful lens and enlightening me on the topic!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              This is the first time I am see skin writing... Amazing...

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              KittySmith 5 years ago

              I don't know it I have a mild form of it, but occasionally my skin welts. I have never heard about this before. The art with dermographia is fascinating.

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              fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

              This is quite fascinating. I had never heard of this condition. It's actually kind of cool! But i guess some people "suffer" from it. Have you tried fish oil? It's anti-inflammatory.

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              periwinklekitty 5 years ago

              "High Five" for creating this lens. My husband has the condition, and as you said, there is truly not much information out there about it. Thanks for making the lens, it is very helpful. I did not know all those things are suspect to causing the skin problem.

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              PennyHowe 5 years ago

              I am here to "High Five" your lens. For me it was very informative and I love the way you have presented this unique topic. I have asthma and lots of allergies. Many times my skin gets welts, but I have never seen this. Again, my heart goes out to those of you who have to deal with this. I wish you the best and hang in there the best you can. Thanks again for this great lens and have a great day! Muchas gracias y que tenga un buen dia.

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              linkreggie 5 years ago

              very informative lens.. liked!

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              gottaloveit2 5 years ago

              Fascinating lens. Blessed!

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              Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              I have allergies and excema and I get allergic reations with hives and itches and all the other stuff. But, not this.

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              Rose Jones 5 years ago

              What an incredible being the body is, it certainly does exactly what it wants to. I am glad you are feeling better. Angel Blessed for getting the word out, I had a bout of garden variety hives for about six months when I moved to New England - stopped when I took allergy shots for the yeast syndrome, and also went on the diet. And I had tons of antihistamines as well. So my answer is to use the medical system with allergies to make sure it does not go on to asthma or anaphylaxis - or you have some treatment if it does, and by all means try whatever you want otherwise, because sometimes alternative methods do help.

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              Northwestphotos 5 years ago

              Wow! I had never heard of this condition before and never knew how many people were afflicted with this condition. Thumbs up for this lens!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Thought I was going crazy when I started getting hives about a year ago (im 30)...at first they would appear out of nowhere, usually on my back and were hardly itchy...eventually it became an everyday thing...it would itch more and I would get these welts in the shape of scratches...i went to the doctor and showed him pictures and he explained to me that often times hives have no real cause...he said unless I can pinpoint a specific cause, there is really nothing that can be done but take antihistamines to mask the symptoms...he prescribed hydroxyzine, but, being a pharmacist, I know that I wouldnt be able to take that everyday because it has a highly drowsy effect...i started taking cetirizine everday and it has helped with breakouts...i still get dermographic hives with certain ttiggers even while on an antihistamine- example...carrying a stack of magazines will create an abstract painting on my arm....its pretty annoying. Thank you for this website and information. Now I can better understand what I believe I have and I know im not alone. Hang in there everyone...<3

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              Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

              Didn't have my wings wjhen I first admired this lens - Angel Blessed now.

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              victoriainthesea 5 years ago

              Oh my goodness, it was wonderful reading through this article, I feel as though I'm not alone. I remember being the loneliest kid- I was eleven when I started getting huge welts from any type of pressure applied to my skin. I went through multiple trial-and-error 'tests' from my doctor, trying to figure out what my 'trigger' was. I missed so much school because the itching and embarrassment was so intense from this condition. Now, I've found antihistamines that work great for me, and have found that living a healthy lifestyle helped as well. Thanks for the informative article, I wish more people were educated on this condition!

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              I have demographia as well and so does my father. It started when I was around 12 and I still have it to this day and I'm 29. I've never met anybody with it. I welt up when I am scratched, but also swell to the extreme when I get hit or bitten by a mosquito. My friends used to write all over me when we were kids, they thought it was hilarious. Sometimes it is worse than other times, I have no idea what triggers it, but it never goes away, just my level of swelling differs. Do you have any suggestions or have you tried different things to lessen the severity of the swelling???

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              FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

              @kislanyk: I'm on Zyrtec! I never really noticed any problems, though.

              I stopped taking it twice - once about half a year ago (it was worse than ever) and once a month ago, and it cleared right up (but I think the fact I was taking Zyrtec had masked the fact it was fading). I'm currently waiting to see if it comes back when winter ends and the pollen returns!

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              Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

              Yep, I have it too (unfortunately). A couple of years ago my dermatologist told me I have urticaria and prescribed me something we can buy here called Zyrtec (antihistamine pills).

              I've been on them for 2 years until eventually I stopped taking them as they were making me extremely dizzy and sleepy during the day. A few days after, urticaria really stopped in its tracks.

              Now, I only get it very seldomly, but I've noticed that I can still 'write on my skin' as I used to call it, whenever i want. For example I write the letter A and at first there's nothing. After a few minutes, I get a slight red line, but after about 8-10 minutes, the letter A is deeply 'engraved' with a thick skin-raise and it's there for quite a while. Until today, however, I didn't know that this particular form is called dermographism.

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              MaxL 6 years ago

              Interesting lens, didn't know anything about the topic (I don't have any allergy what-so-ever, not that I know about at least). I guess I'm lucky.

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              Krafick 6 years ago

              I don't have dermographism but I have a few minor allergies. Once I had a severe medicinal allergy. I also had, a few years ago, a very rare skin disease (not allergy), Pemphigus Vulgaris, and nearly died because it took doctors 3 months to diagnose it. Fortunately all the anti-bodies in my blood have disappeared. Rafick