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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 3 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 3 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.

      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"

      ----------------------

      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.

      ---

      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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      Dermatographism on DeviantART

      Dermographism on the inside of my wrist
      Dermographism on the inside of my wrist

      Please leave others a comment below.

      Will you share your story about dermographism?

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      What's Your Experience With Dermographism?

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          sheriangell 7 years ago

          Oh boy, where to start. Yes, I sure have had dermographism. Long story short..... Several years ago I noticed what appeared to be a circular patch on my hip that itched. At first I thought ringworm, but the patch grew and then a red line that itched progressed down my thigh. Then the inside of my forearms began itching, then my back and neck. Several days progressed and the itch became hives that came and went at will along with crazy, wake up in the middle of the night, lose my mind itching.

          First I tried over-the-counter remedies, the went to the doctor. One doctor led to the next and to the next with a mis-diagnosis of Lyme Disease, doctors scratching heads and saying "sometimes we just can't explain these things, but we are happy to give you drugs." I was prescribed antihistamines, antibiotics, and one doctor thought maybe I needed antidepressants. For what, an itch? I had a hydrocortizone injection, and still itched.

          One day I was in the shower, itching away and wrote "Help" with my fingernail and was amazed when I exited the shower and saw the word "help" there on my leg plain as day. Kind of creepy too. So I wrote more words and yep, I could write on myself.

          Fed up with doctors, I began researching my issues and learned about dermographism. I also explored alternative solutions for my itching. Eventually I threw away all my medication, both OTC and prescription, began taking supplements and have never re-visited that horrible time again. I also haven't had to take any medication for anything at all since I began taking alternative "stuff".

          Thanks for letting my share my story on your lens!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          After struggling for a cure for this particular and very peculiar skin allergy I consulted the best of the doctors for a remedy but the only answer I would get is, we need to test your blood, urine, blah, blah, blah.

          Then I consulted another skin specialist who said "Lab test will cost you a lot of money let me prescribe you some medicine and lets see how good your situation will be, cause we cannot cure this allergy in a day or two but if these medicines work then you will need to continue taking these pill for more than a couple of years"

          Which I did follow the advice for my benefit, But the pills were of heavy dose and I would get a massive head ache for at least 6 hours from morning to noon these were the know side effects forget about the unknown ones but I still continued but no respite from the pills either, this was affecting my work too then one fine day I started browsing the internet for answers and I was shocked to see the fact especially help section on dermographism in this web site that there are a lot of people suffering from this chronic itch from 20 long years, for example and still looking forward to take pill. I don't know when it will end for me that's what I was thinking back of my mind until I saw a particular message that says

          "causes for dermographism" There was a list of food items and medicines that can cause all this starting from antibiotic medicine for ear infection and painkiller like aspirin etc and foods like sugar, wheat, bread, alcohol, pickle, honey, fruits etc.. This shows that either your allergy is caused due to sugary food or sweets, sweets fruits, honey, chocolates; avoid them. Bread, alcohol, anything that is fermented cause it has yeast which is a good bacteria for humans but the antibodies in your body are either not resistant to them or they are dead. All milk products these also has lot of good bacteria that is good if consumed but your body is rejecting them and thus all the itch and allergy so try to avoid all these foods for a couple of days and eat anything apart from them like cooked rice but not fermented ones and avoid eating sugar right from morning in your coffee, tea, milk etc, then your breakfast could ideally be corn flakes and lunch could contain barley, corn, leafy vegetables etc.

          This is what I did finally I tried eating the one which I should not like wheat, bread, milk, one by one on a daily basic until I came till sugar yes this was the culprit for me. on a sunny afternoon after traveling for about 1 1/2 hour ride to remote place I was offered coke and I could not resist and within minutes I got the disgusting itch back on my body and I concluded the study as sugar is the main reason for the problem. Today I eat every thing except my medicines and sugar. yes you need to give up all these at least for some time else you will end up looking like a pink baboon which i was and u might be after itching all over your body.

          Take this advise as second had experience if you are also allergic to sugar than don't consume any ,for minimum 6 months and try again and the same for any other foods also and try not to take any medicine prescribed for dermographism by doing this you will be improving your natural immune system and back to normal. I know it is very easy to advise someone and difficult to follow but this procedure will not only help you to be independent away from allopathic medicine which is sometime too much is too bad and can lead to unknown side effects which any will cause another two or three side effects sounds like a chain reaction but this is the hard fact of today's modern world and there's much to be done to educate people. If you look back to history and see how our ancestors were able to cope up with all these kind of diseases the answer is natural medicine which is 100% accurate and 100% no side effects but in fact they act as a good immune builder not as a destroyer which is what we have excepted in our modern day life which a busy and end up paying our hard earned money into the doctors pocket...

          So I wish you all the best and I am open for feedback and you can mail me at

          Ravisgoyal@gmail.com

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          FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

          My Dermographism: Looking back, I always had a mild form (my feet would hurt if I ran around on gravel, and I had an itchy head that I attributed to nits for years) as well as allergies that I blamed on constant colds.

          When I was 18 (almost eactly) I had semi-major surgery (maxillo-facial surgery - both jaws broken and moved) which meant my system was in shocl, so to speak, and I was on powerful antibiotics for weeks afterwards. At some poit in the following month or two I noticed that I could draw red welts onto myself. I considered it a curiousty, resolved to ask my surgeon about it and forgot it. A few months after that, I discovered that the lines were now full blown itchy welts - quite fascinating, but very frustrating. I was scratching my back madly in the kitchen when my mother had a look and was horrified at the weird mutant mass of welts all over my back!

          After that, we tried to figure out what it was - I was using violet and chamomile salves, but gave up because while they soothed, they didn't prevent; and urticaria drops (from stinging nettles) but saw no noticeable effect. Eventually I found the answer in an old medical encyclopeadia, went to the doctors, got an allergy test and antihistamines and never looked back - so to speak. It is definitely tied to environmental allergens as it improves when I travel, and moved out of home, but doesn't go away. I haven't looked at dairy or gluten intolerances, and may investigate some time. I'm currently 23, and have lived with it for five years. I'm now watching my brother to see if he gets it, as he just passed 18! (Like allergies, it has genetic factors and is more common in families with psoriasis, eczema, hayfever and similar conditions, all of which have turned up in recent family history.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          @FlynntheCat1: Hummmm... Well I don't think its allergens or food is the culprit. Antibiotics which suppress natural antibodies in the system should be blamed. Stop eating sugar and oily stuff and you will see the difference and also salt as it has sodium. Stress can also aggravate the condition.

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          FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

          @anonymous: In my case, I assure you allergens are a major culprit. They may not be the ONLY thing, but my welts clear up a lot - or reappear - if I stay a few days in a place that does or doesn't make me sneeze! It's also completely controlled by the antihistamines.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          My baby has it too! Does any have any advise?

          I started with an itch in my back 3 years ago, then I noticed that every time I scratched my skin I got welts. I have seen 2 dermatologists and one allergist but no one has an answer or a cure. I stopped taking antihistamines long time ago, I just live with it. I am extra careful so i don't get this embarrassing and uncomfortable burning itchiness...

          My worry now is that it appears that my baby has it too. She is 6 months old. I didn't see any problem with her skin until recently. I am mortified that my little baby has it. I must have passed it on to her some how, but since there is no good answer on how it is transmited or why it happens I don't know what to do about it.

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          FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

          @anonymous: Hi Vanessa - it is apparently genetic, like most allergies. It isn't contagious, and there's nothing you could have done. Also, it might be temporary for her, it does turn up in small children and then disappears later. Or maybe she's sensitive to the same thing(s) you are and where you are living or what you are eating is what's setting you both off.

          The only things you can do, that I know of are:

          1) try to find out what might be setting it off (this could be anything from dairy to dust, as far as I can tell)

          2) antihistamines are probably a good idea, she's going to be very uncomfortable otherwise. You should probably try and talk to a doctor to find out what is safe for her to take and if there's anything else you can do. Allergies are common in small children and babies, and there are ways for them to take antihistamines

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I am 12 years old. I've had dermatographism for as long as I can remember. I accepted that it was just something that separated my skin from others. I wore long sleeved shirts and jackets a lot because my friends told me that it looked like someone had hit me or that I had some type of rash.

          I didn't know what I had. My dad thought it was a type of edema. But my symptoms were nothing like those of edema. So I began researching and came across a website that was for people who had been diagnosed wrongly by their doctors. I read an article about a woman whose friend said that she had dermatographism. I was intrigued.

          I Googled it and found that was also appropraitely called the skin writing disease. It listed the same symptoms that I was experiencing. To my chagrin though there was no cure and I found that it could be linked to other diseases. There was antihistamines but I didn't like them.

          I now take 2 Vitamin C pills early in the morning before meals with one Goldenseal Root pill before breakfast and dinner. My dermatographism is still a major annoyance in my life but it has been reduced greatly.

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          Trekkiemelissa 7 years ago

          Actually this sounds like something I have gone through since high school. If I get scratched, I would break out in hives. One of the biggest breakouts has happened when I had picked up books from school and carrying a whole bunch of them. After carrying them, even for a short time, both arms were all broken out in hives. So now, I pretty much try to stay away from anything that would cause the breakouts. Any little thing could make me break out. They do itch. I still break out from time to time, but not as often, but that is only because I try to stay away from anything that would cause it. I was always told that it could be related to having Asthma.

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          FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

          @Trekkiemelissa: That is exactly what happens to me - I work in the library and have to carry books around a fair bit, so I really notice it if I haven't been taking my anti-histamines!

          And yeah - it could be, it seems to be a generic 'immune/allergy-related' condition, so most people have something else as well.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Very interesting stories, and no two alike.

          I believe I had my first experience with Dermographism over 4 years ago (at age 31,) in my first trimester of preganancy. It eventually went away after about 3 months of agonizing itching and scratching. I thought I was having an allergic reaction to the pregnancy (which happens in rare cases) and always told the story that way, until about two months ago...I'm definitely not pregnant.

          I started itching the same way as I did before, with the welts and hives that rose above my skin with every scratch. It started shortly after I took two precriptions for antibiotics for a bad cough, and I was under a lot of stress.

          I tried applying hydrocortizone cream from head to toe, and took oatmeal baths (which soothed my skin temporarily.) I've been taking an OTC antihistamine twice a day, which helps with the itching, but I still get the welts. In my case, certain parts of my body is more sensative than others. For instance, I don't itch or get the welts on my face, yet the slightest stroke of my hair on the back of my neck causes a hive outbreak.

          I can't imagine living with this for years, as some people have.

          @ Flynn, thanks for sharing your experience and providing helpful information.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Ever since I was a kid, I would get hives and angiodema (swelling) for no one knows why. My mother reminded me recently that I was constantly given Atarax as a kid when I woke up with a swollen face or hives. I had allergy testing (in the 70's) and it was determined I was allergic to Maple trees and grass. The doctor for some reason also told my mother I was "allergic to asprin" but there is no test for it, and I've never taken it, so I don't know.

          Since then, whenever a flareup or "the itchies" would arrive, I would take a benadryl - usually worked every time. I would get hives from pressure (socks, underwear, shoes, anything too tight), and mosquito bites were and are the worst. Not putting moisturizer on legs after shaving, going out into the cold and coming back in, my thighs would itch so badly. I had always noticed if I ever scratched myself (dull or sharp) my skin would inflame and be itchy, but I just thought that was normal!! Usually, scratching the itchies, hives, etc just made it worse, and MORE itchy. It was and is a losing battle every time, and VERY distracting.

          In my twenties, I was getting sick and tired of taking a Benadryl every time I had the itchies, it makes me so tired but was the only sure fire way to get rid of and prevent the itchies. I also tried Claritin and although it worked it wasn't AS effective... I went through a "snobby red wine" period and every single time I drank any, the next morning I would have swollen face/lips/hands. I went to an allergist and had more allergy testing done. He told me not to take ANY antihistamines for 3 days - this was HORRIBLE and everything itched. Neck, face, hands, back, legs, ankles, feet, scalp... When I got there he took blood and did more allergy testing. We can now add dust mites to the list of allergies (whoopdy doo), but not much else. He said I was probably allergic to the Sulphites in Red Wine and advised against drinking it. He did take a somewhat sharp wooden stick and draw a large X on the inside of my forearm. He said "we'll come back to that". He started to talk to me about histamines, and the only slightly concerning count on my bloodwork was borderline anemic. We come back to the forearm and the X is swollen, red, and definitely itchy. He told me I had "Too much Histamine" in my blood, and that I would probably need to take an antihistamine daily. He prescribed Allegra and I was gold for a few years.

          Fast forward about 6-7 years, I got married and pregnant. My doctor told me it was probably safter to take Zyrtec instead of Allegra. I agreed since Allegra was no longer being covered by insurance anyway (it was a $40 prescription to boot!). The zyrtec worked better than taking anything, but I equate it to only being slightly better than claritin. I'm still taking Zyrtec now.

          At age 34, during the middle of the 2nd trimester, the doctors caught an "unusually high" elevated white blood cell count. I was referred to a hemotologist and had to have blood drawn twice a month to "keep an eye on it". It went up to almost "20" (normal is between 7 and 9) and levelled off. Had I not been pregnant, the next "test" was to be a bone marrow to test for Leukemia. (Like I didn't have enough to freak out about having a baby!). Also, when I was pregnant, I had every "symptom", "reaction", and "discomfort" under the sun. I really hated being pregnant! I could not breathe, constantly congested, I had horrible heartburn, I had developed "skin tags" (which I still have remnants of on my neck and armpits), a large amount of leukorrhea, insomnia, depression, swelling, etc.

          Other than the high white blood cell count, the pregnancy was relatively uneventful. She remained in Frank Breach position so I had to have a C-section. My water broke 2 weeks early, and I had horrible reactions to the epidural meds, (not entirely sure what they were) and started shaking badly like I was shivering. They then gave me demerol which calmed me down but I was so high I started to freak out about surgery. (I have never done drugs except smoke some pot in college because I've also been so worried about allergic reactions!). The epidural didn't seem to work completely, so they gave me a spinal and started the incision. I could still feel it, so they gave me some ketamine and knocked me out. I was the last one to meet my daughter! (Not sure if all of this is relevant, but thought I would share anyway).

          I had almost immediate relief from most of my pregnancy symptoms (raging hormones aside) after her birth. I was relieved of the congestion and heartburn, and my swelling really subsided.

          When they took out the epidural, I had a very bad reaction to the tape that was holding the epidural in place on my back. Completely swelled and was insanely itchy so they allowed me a benadryl, which seemed to help.

          3 months after having my daughter, I had the WBC test again and it was back to normal!

          I am CONVINCED this "reaction" to pregnancy is related to the histamine/allergy issues.

          I am going to make an appointment with an allergist soon to see if I can get back on the Allegra. It really provides me with the most relief.

          When I am actively taking allergy meds daily, the dermagraphism is pretty much nonexistent.

          When I try to explain my "skin allergies" to people, I tell them, literally, that I will break out if you 'RUB ME THE WRONG WAY'.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          My video showed up on the main page, haha, how surprising.

          I've had this "skin condition" for as long as I can remember. It's never really bothered me, and it doesn't hurt. A little scratch on my skin will well up, and for me the harder the pressure, the thicker and more defined the well would be. The only time it can get really irritating is if a friend of mine decides to be really immature and draw inappropriate things on my skin...

          Another thing is, I really would like to get a tattoo, but now that I think about it, I don't know if I can because of this. These are the only problems I have with it.

          Other than that, it can be a great conversation topic, just something interesting to share with someone when getting to know them.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Ok I am Arun Sekhar from India and Im 22. I was born in New Delhi and lived there for my first 18 years and I got used to the extreme hot and cold climates of Delhi. Then I got admit in a college in Chennai, which is a city near the beach and has a hot and humid climate. I lived there for 3.5 years and didn't face any alleric problems apart from sneezing which I believe is a dust allergy due to my smoking. Then after 3.5 years, I came back to Delhi during the winter (4-15 degrees celsius) to do a project for 4 months in a laboratory with harmful chemicals. These chemicals include, Dimethyl formamide, Dicholomethane, Triflouroacetic acid, DIPCDI, Bacterial cultures, acetone, chromic acid, ethanol, starch, etc. Due to the winters, I had to wear my old winter clothes which were pretty tight after 3.5 years. Also I in the meantime my uncle passed away, and that was the first time I touched a dead body. Also, in these 4 months, I started eating a type of mouth freshner almost everyday. In the middle of these four months, I was sometimes under emotional stress due to my family. One day, i rubbed a wooden round cylinder like thingy on my hand and pop. Everywhere there was contact on skin, the skin popped out! I was literally freaked out. My mother told me she had had such a problem before. Then with a few more experiments and research on the internet I discovered that it was dermatographic ulticaria. Its sure hell irritating and I wish it goes away soon. Then after 4 months when i went back to chennai, it was showing signs of reduced inflammation. But now when Im back to delhi, its chronic again. Specially in the evenings. And the worst part is its too damn itchy on your legs. I consulted a dermatologist, and looking at it for 3-5 seconds he said i should take Allegra (Fexofenadine) which is an antihistamine for 1 month. It apparently had negligible effects on my skin, but it took away most of my sleep at night! Then i tried to self medicate myself with some cetrizine which is also an antihistamine which i had in my refrigirator. CETRIZINE sucks! it made me so drowsy, i couldn't work the next day at all. Now Im deprived of my usual sleep routine too.. I badly need a cure for this as its been almost 6 months. I am planning to visit my dermatologist again to get a better antihistamine cuz that's the only cure i could find. As far as the causes go, Ive put down a few possibilities:

          1. The shift to Delhi's cold weather

          2. The harmful chemicals in my laboratory

          3. The tight winter clothes.

          4. Touching the corpse(which was the first time).

          5. The mouth freshner.

          6. Emotional stress.

          7. Allergic reaction to wood which started it all!

          8. Inherited from my mother.

          Im not working in that lab anymore, and Im planning to shift to chennai soon. I haven't been near that mouth freshner and Im staying away from wood!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Hi Arun,

          I know how disconcerting it is with itchiness you cannot get rid of. I have a few suggestions for you I hope something may help.

          For itchiness and to help you sleep, have you tried Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) at night? It causes drowsiness (and usually helps me sleep very well), and I found it to be the most effective itch reducer. If it is an allergy of some type, this SHOULD help tremendously. I could not take Benadryl every night because I would be a bit groggy the next day, but I am also extremely sensitive to medications.

          2nd, although stress most definitely and different climate can all contribute to senstivity in allergens and skin, have you thought about laundry detergent? I had to switch to the sensitive, dye-free detergents, because some of the soap and sometimes fabric softener would make me itch and break out in hives. You may be using a better detergent at school?

          Also, although my mother is not dermographic, she has been known to get severe hives mostly from emotional stress. So I do believe it is hereditary.

          I would recommend going to your allergist and having a full blood workup. Also, I find using a sensitive skin soap and also an anti-itch moisturizer (especially in colder climates) immediately after showering helps with overall itch.

          I hope some of this helps you, I can definitely sympathize with chronic itch. Mosquito bites are the worst (so always lather up with bug repellent at night if you are out) - I cannot help but scratch and my legs look awful because of that. Right now I take Zyrtec (certirizine) and it only barely helps keep the "itch" away, but I really want to be put back on Allegra, I definitely thought that worked much better.

          Please feel free to email me if you would like to talk more.

          Good luck, feel better

          KL

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: I never thought about the laundry detergents.. Ill be sure to pick a non- dye one tomorrow.. and i wanted to ask one thing, have you identified anything in the diet that causes it? cuz i eat a wide variety of food and im a big foodie. so i have to cut down on certain things.. Allegra didn't work for me.. although cetrizine did work, but it makes me super drowsy! and groggy the next day... I will suggest benadryl or hydroxyzine to my dermatologist and lets see what he says. is the blood work up necessary? cuz in india u have to do a lot more to convince a dermatologist to blood tests for a skin allergy..

          The most saddest part is, now I know I am trapped in this disease and i can't do anything about it. its life a sentence in jail, absolutely for no specific reason.. and the worst part is, it last last from 1-2 years to decades!! So u never know when its gonna go :( I still haven't made up my mind to live with it.. so i will continue fighting it with all the medications.. I cannot let a idiopathic disease rule over me for no reason...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Hi there - I have had this "itchy" issue my whole life, I have had to take antihistamines since I can remember (my story is below). I am definitely allergic to the Sulfites (preservatives) in red wine, they make me blow up like a balloon. Also, some beer (dark beer and stouts, ales ie, Bass, Newcastle, Guinness, etc) also did not bode well for my skin. I don't eat seafood so I don't know if I have any other real food allergies. That is odd that cetrazine makes you drowsy, it's supposed to be a non-drowsy one. (That's how they market that and Claritin here). Sometimes too much salt also gives me some itchies but nothing too bad.

          The blood work up is usually done to discount some other issues. I was also borderline anemic and sometimes that can also be a cause of itchiness. So it's mostly to discount but if it was something worse then they would be able to catch it. Here it was the allergist that ordered the bloodwork.

          I know I wish I felt some hope for myself but since I've lived like this my whole life, I'm used to it I guess - I'm stressing right now about something and now my head and neck and shoulders are very itchy. Very tight things, socks, shoes, rings, even turtlenecks I can't wear much anymore because anything too tight or on my skin for too long makes me itch. If you are swelling and you can ice it give that a try too, sometimes it helps the swelling go down.

          I also use Benadryl anti-itch cream and carry it and regular Benadryl medicine with me, I know the Benadryl pills help within an hour if I think I'm having a reaction to anything, but then I am ready for bed!

          Warm (not hot) milk baths can help calm the skin down, but don't use scented anything (irritates skin) - chlorine ih pools and hot tubs too is bad. Always rinse off after swimming. That's all I can think of for now.

          Believe me it's p*ssed me off for a long time now that I have never been diagnosed with anything - people ask me if I have allergies, I say yes bad skin allergies, they say what are you allergic to, and I don't have an answer except "everything"!! I tell them LITERALLY I will break out and get itchy if you rub me the wrong way. ;-) The closest I got to a diagnosis was from the allergist just telling me I had "too much histamine" in my blood. The scratch and reaction on my arm (after 3 days of no antihistamines) was his "proof" ... When I was pregnant with my daughter I had a very high white blood cell count throughout my pregnancy and then it went back to normal after I had her - was I allergic to being pregnant???

          I also have issues with anxiety and depression - although a lot of itchy can cause anxiety and sometimes anxiety can cause some itchy

          Keep us posted and let us know how everything turns out.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I really feel sorry for your situation after having read your story.. But also what terrifies me is that Im in the beginning stage of where you were years ago. Its hard to imagine how u went through pregnancy and all with dermatographism.. I hope ur shifted back to allegra soon!..

          So here is my story after that. I thought why not give it a try, and i took cetrizine for a couple of days. It literally knocked me off. It's a SLEEPING PILL!! but it did prove better for the inflammations as there were only red spots (no inflammation) in my skin when scratched. So I went to a hospital to check up with a dermatologist. He simply prescribed Cetrizine and some other medicine which i couldn't spell. when i told him cetrizine makes me drowsy, he cut it off and prescribed Levocetrizine which is supposed to be a non- sedating version. And even before i could ask for blood work up, he dismissed me and moved on to the next patient. (I had to wait for 3 hours to get to him and I had to wait 1 hour to get my car out of parking!). Frustrated by all this, i decided ill consult my previous skin specialist.

          So i went to my doc today. He gave me Atarax and Montek LC (Montelukast and levocetrizine) and ordered a full blood work up immediately! Now that's what u call a concerned doctor.. I have changed my detergent and i went for shopping and got all loose fitting clothes. Im starting the fresh rounds of medicine from today. Lets see how they turn up...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          My dermatographism started about seven years ago when I was working in a chemistry lab. Theorizing that I was prone to it and it was brought out by repeated daily exposure to high heat and chemicals in the air. I first noticed it when I would take off my goggles and go into the bathroom to splash water on my face and dry it with a paper towel. When I would walk out of the bathroom and down the hall my co-workers would gasp and say "What happened to you?!?!" I had no idea what they were talking about. Without me knowing it my face all around my eyes where I had rubbed it was red and welted.

          I went a few years thinking I just had sensitive skin. But then the red welts that appeared started to itch, to the point where I was scratching until I bled or caused bruises. Finally I was diagnosed by an allergist who suggested Zyrtec daily and year round. It helps, but certainly hasn't stopped the problem. Sometimes I find myself having to take Benedyrl round the clock (on top of the daily Zyrtec) just to get through the day without scratching my skin off. I'm now trying prescription Allegra but not seeing much of a difference.

          It's a difficult condition to have and hard to make others understand. "Just don't itch" is what my family tells me. They don't understand that I have these outbreaks almost 24 hours a day and, as hard as I try to ignore them, sometimes I give in and scratch. For me, socks are the worst thing. I have welts around my ankles all day long from the socks and when I take them off at the end of the day, the itching sensation is so intense.

          Although I'm learning to deal with my dermographism, it doesn't seem to be improving at all, it actually seems to be getting worse. I'm always looking for alternative therapies that may help more.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: I'm sorry to hear and can definitely sympathize with the itch! If I don't take zyrtec every day, something, will itch - it can be anywhere on my body. I found Allegra worked better than Zyrtec for me, but Zyrtec is over the counter. Sometimes, if I'm having a really bad "itch" day, I'll take 2 Zyrtec - one in the morning and one at night. I too take Benadryl as my "go to" anti-itch - if that is working for you, I would definitely think you have allergies. In my case, I've had this all my life, and feel SO badly for anyone who develops this later on when they never did before. I do know as we get older our bodies change, metabolism, etc. Have you tried different laundry detergent? I know exactly what you mean about the socks - tight shoes do it too - if I come home and take them off it's unbelieveable how itchy it is - and when I do scratch, I immediately start to break out in hives - they usually last several hours. I make sure to wear lots of loose fitting clothing and only wear socks with either no elastic or a loose one (hint: stretch them out manually. I also stopped wearing jewelry except for my wedding rings (white gold - hypoallergenic). After a shower, make sure to keep yourself really moisturized, and don't buy anything with perfume in it. I absolutely HATE the people who say "well just don't scratch it". Not a choice! It's agonizing and cannot be ignored. Feel free to contact me if you need to chat. klyn610@yahoo.com

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: That's great news Arun! At least a blood workup will help discount anything more serious. I was given Atarax as a child all the time - all sorts of things would make me break out, swell and itch. My mother just told me a story of when I was younger I woke up on a holiday morning looking like I got punched in the face several times - she had to give me Atarax and wait for it to work before taking holiday pictures!

          They are all basically "anti-histamines" - some affect other people differently. For me, Zyrtec and Claritin barely worked and just helped a little, and never made me drowsy. Allegra seemed to have worked better and also didn't make me drowsy. The best is Benadryl, but it puts me to sleep. I would not drive after taking Benadryl!

          Recently, when I am frustrated with the Zyrtec, I will take another one in the same 24 hour period. That seems to help better and doesn't seem to have any ill side effects.

          I hope the combination of Atarax and Montek work well for you! Keep me posted. Also let us know what your bloodwork indicates. klyn610 @ yahoo.com

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for the suggestions Keri-Lyn. I have tried several different laundry detergents over the years, as well as fabric softeners, moisturizers, and cleansers. I do find that those with strong fragrences make things worse for me. I also do have allergies to pollens and molds so my skin goes even more haywire during allergy season. I plan on making another appointment with my allergist to talk about possible food allergies. The anti-histamines make life bearable, but I still itch all the time every day. Hoping to find a better solution or maybe just the right combination. It's nice to have someone else understand this condition and be able to sympathize. Thanks.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          My dermographism started very suddenly on Boxing Day 1996 - I remember it clearly. I was wearing a blue mohair jumper and it was hot thanks to the open fire. The attack went on for days and was unbearable - the only relief was intense cold, and my parents would often be disturbed in the night by me ferretting around in the freezer for yet more ice.

          My first appointment with the doctor 10 days later started me off down a long and winding path with many false turns. I'd had Scarlet Fever a year earlier so that was their first avenue of exploration. At the time, the condition was even less understood than now and they next assumed I had an allergy. A very long food elimination diet seemed to show that avoiding Azo Dyes and Benzoates did help the condition, and I was told I was allergic to them.

          The attacks often started in the middle of the night, and I quickly realised that it wasn't just the food additives causing it. I was fobbed off for years with different types of antihistamines, but last year I had an attack lasting for over 6 months and pestered the doctors regularly. I was finally told it was likely to an auto-immune disorder and given immuno-suppressants, and whilst it definitely made the itching calm down massively, I caught every bug going and ended up feeling so ill I stopped the treatment.

          I then went private (I live in the UK) and a fabulous specialist pored over my medical history with me, did extensive tests, proved I'm not allergic to anything, and has said that my particular flavour of dermographism is a bit unusual, although I've found similar stories of seemingly 'unprovoked' or non-contact attacks - changes in heat can trigger it, as can the food additives I'm not supposed to be allergic to. However, they think they're unlikely to track down the cause, so I'm pretty much back to square one. I understand it a lot more, but can't fix it.

          I can manage it pretty well when it starts with anti-histamines (as long as I swap types every few months) but waking up with skin under your fingernails on a regular basis does become rather tiresome after nearly 14 years.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          My dermographism started out of the blue. Over a series of days I realized that my arms were very itchy and that when I scratched the itch spread, got hot, sometimes little bumps appeared and the reddened skin rose up a bit. The itching intensified and spread all over. I searched the web and read about dermographism. I saw pictures of people writing on their skin and traced "hello" on my arm. Two seconds later I had my answer. I called the doctor and explained that I was getting these itchy hives that lasted for about 30 minutes. He asked about laundry soaps, changes in diet, pets, etc. I said, "here let me show you" and scratched my arm. The welts rose instantly and he said "you have dermographia and your only the second patient I've had with this." He ordered allergy RAST tests and prescribed some antihistamines and cortisone cream. The allergy tests haven't lead to any conclusions. I keep going back, hoping we'll narrow in on the cause.

          After reading many other posts and articles I wondered if it might be yeast related, namely candida, and for about three weeks I have been on a "modified" yeast-free diet--I say "modified" because the real diet is too stringent. I'm taking a middle ground approach and drastically reducing my sugar and simple carb intake. I'm about 75% veggies, 25% grains (mainly millet and quinoa), fish, and am limiting fruit to green apples and lemons/limes. I'm also drinking kefir and taking a probiotic (15 billion), eating fresh garlic (about 3 times a week, daily is too much to handle), virgin coconut oil, psyillum fiber capsules (to help move toxins out) and actually remembering to take a multivitamin. I try to include other antifungals in my diet: organic apple cider vinegar, oil of oregano capsules, and grapefruit seed extract oil. So far the diet change has made some difference--for instance, I'm able to tolerate perfume odors and three weeks ago that triggered a full blown sinus-migraine attack, and the welts take a little longer to surface after I scratch. I still have the dermo hives when I scratch, but the antihistamine controls the itching. If I miss a day--the itch returns.

          Still working on this mystery...two months

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Ive had it for as long as I can remember, Im now 33, anything and everything can activate it, from brushing my hair, (if the brush goes on my forehead, changing clothes and pulling them over my head, wicker chairs leave my legs with the whole pattern imprinted on my leg from grass and even jam stuck on my arm, even soft touches or brushes to my skin, I find it more painful at night after baths, and bedtime , the itch is unbearable to the point i asked the doctor to see if i had scabies! that's not the case, to feeling like you have nits in your head, I think dust mites must play an effect so i don't like carpets, and use throws for my sofas, so they can be watched regularly, dogs jumping up cause freedie krugger marks all on my skin and even if a dog licks my leg or arms , burning patches appear.

          Some times its so painful you want to rip your own skin off, other times you can tolerate it and is bearable, at night while im asleep i have scratched myself so much , I have woken up to see my legs have drawn blood ,at its worst it feels like i have fallen in a bunch of stinging nettles , I found my skin at its best when I lived in a hotter climate,

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Hi. I started to notice I had Dermographism in my early teens. My doctor didn't recognise it until I was 24 (i'm now 26). I did go for a chemical patch test not knowing what it was and I was told that it was due to an overactive immune system. It doesn't really bother me on a day to day basis, its kind of more embaressing than anything (other people notice it more than I do and they think something is wrong). I tend to acidentially rub my neck or brush up against something and my skin rises up very dramatically with lots of redness but its very defined. I just look as though i've been attacked but it takes a while to feel anything.

          My main problem at the moment is that I've been biten by an insect and instead of just getting a small mark I get massive swelling and its really painful. I haven't been able to find out if this is linked to Dermographism but at the moment my ankle is about twice the size due to a bite (it can't be a normal reaction). Its sore and my ankle looks deformed because of it. Antihistamines don't seem to work on my dermographism and generally its not ichy just very hot and it feels as though its burning. Worse when i'm hot.

          Does anyone know if there a way of calming it down? My swelling just seems to get worse. I feel a bit stupid going to the doctors for an insect bite but its getting unbearable. Oh and incase anyone wondered, i was told by my doctor that dermographism makes acne worse.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          if i'm cold i just have to scratch to warm up!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          i just realised i have this today, i'm 19 yrs old and my skin has been forming welts when scratched for as long as i can remember, but i didn't think much of it and never tried writing on myself till now. people ask me all the time what the fuck happened to my arm/leg/whatever when i have them, and i've always said that i'm just an itchy person. i wrote a bunch of expletives on myself today and they're still legible (though less raised) after about 8 hours. being itchy all the time is pretty irritating but not unbearable, and i find dermographism to be pretty entertaining, i might even miss it if it goes away..

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I developed it around the same time i developed an allergy to sulfur, crab and shrimp. Sigh i love crab and shrimp :( but i remember i was sick and my doc gave me a sulfur-based antibiotic and i had a really bad reaction where my skin felt like billions of needles were sticking me, i got an injection to counteract that reaction. around the same time i did a lot of tests where i was diagnosed with severe migraine. but it was after all that excitement i realized tht anything could irritate my skin and i have eczema as well sigh...thts just life rite but i try to control the scratching now i rub instead but in private i scratch like crazy lol its been 8yrs now.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am Ryan priest i what to kown if you can clam DLA if you have DERMOGRAPHISM because i have had it all my life and i am 16 now

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          FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Hi Ryan - by DLA do you mean the Disability Living Allowance in the UK? http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Financi...

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disability_Living_All...

          I very much doubt it as dermographism isn't actually a disability, but you'd have to contact someone directly involved. ("A claim is normally initiated by telephoning the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200")

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I just want to say that sometimes dermographism is confused with scratching swelling however is something completely different. Try touching me, try writing your name on my back with your finger.. it will appear in seconds, first the skin is red and then bam, it gets swelly and your name is crystal clear. I have it for at least 7 years now, and I live quite normal, except of the fact that in my country no doctor has seen dermographism patients before so ill propably visit a gp for fever and become an dermoexperiment with pictures etc. And the fact that people make experiments for fun, or science etc is the most annoying thing in this situation! However we are healthy, and dermogr is something that cannot actually intervene with our normal lives (except the fact that you swell being in public, which however you can control with cold water - it eases the skin and makes the mark disappear in seconds)...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: There are some kind of antihistamins that help with itchy dermogr.. I would strongly recommend xyzal, however im not sure if you can find it in your local pharmacy.. you could try though and also contact your GP or something who can give you something alike. No worries, you are NOT alone :p

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I have had dermographism for about 5years. The only thing that stops my itching and welts is Zyrtec...I have tried other allergy meds but zyrtec is the only one that stops the itching and welts. I hope this helps someone out there :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: i have this , i seemed to have developed this after the birth of my son who is now three. it was really bad for about a year i still have it but its not as bad , but i have had a few miscarriages i don't know if this is related or not nothing seems to be wrong with me medicaley all test come back neg. has any one had this experience if so please help!!! beachbunny024@yahoo.com thanks

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Hello so here is my story, I am 24 years old and my dermographism began last year at 23. I was never allergic to any foods, dogs, cats, trees, anything at all until early 2009. I began working at an office that was never cleaned so one day as I began purging old files and carrying them to the back room I noticed a huge red spot in my chest and itch so bad!!! I also ate some type of sushi for lunch and I also think that it contributed to the allergic reaction. After that day anything that touched, or rubbed my skin would set me off into an itch marathon. I even cried my self to sleep one day as I laid in bed and my ENTIRE body itched and burned, the next day I woke up and notice how bad I had scratched as I had bruises all over my body. It got to the point where I ended up in the ER because my mom noticed how bad it was and made me go.. the doctors in the ER just game me Benadryl and said it would help... on the contrary it just made me itchier and it only made me drowsy. I went to a dermatologist that told me I had dermographism and gave me Zyrtec. I was happy to at least know what it was but he didn't tell me if there was a cure for it and if it would ever go away. I took the Zyrtec but stopped as I noticed that it didn't help at all. The doctor also drew blood for an allergy test and it turned out that I have 31+ allergies including; dog dander, cat dander, dust mites, all kinds of grass and tress, soy beans, milk, crab, cockaroaches, and sooo many other foods and animals. I was sad when I got the results because I have a dog and now every time she touches me or licks me my skin rises, burns and itches uncontrollably. I have learned to live with it the only thing that bugs me is the onlookers and the "OMG! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?? YOU'RE A FREAK!" comments by ignorant people. oh and the "is it contagious?" questions.... at which point I just teach them about dermographism and tell them NO!! its not contagious!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I have had dermographism for 4 years now. I started off by taking claritin, then allegra, and tons benadryl...finally I settled on zyrtec which for the most part keeps the itching away but at times I have break outs. I attempted to stop taking the zyrtec as I wasn't feeling the itch (hoping I was cured) and my hands started to get really itchy and I developed lower back pain...this has happened more than once. Has anyone ever heard of this? I wondered if it was a zyrtec withdrawl. I am currently 4 months pregnant and scared to death that I am going to pass this on to my child. Has anyone had children while they had dermographism and if so did they experience these symptoms? ---wish there was a cure....hmmm I wonder about steroids??

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: I developed dermographism in my 1st trimester of pregnancy with my first child. It went away in my 2nd trimester, and I didn't get it again for another 3 years. I've been dealing with it since about April of this year. I haven't heard anyone say they've had it, went away, then got it again.

          Anyway, my son does not currently have any of the symptoms, and I hope he never will. No one else in my family has it either. It's a mystery.

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          FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

          @anonymous: The insect bite sounds completely unrelated - and I have never heard of dermographism making acne worse! It certainly didn't seem to make mine an worse than usual (I may have just been lucky though)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I've always had inflammation problems. When I was a child, I would break out in hives all over my body for unknown reasons. I also had severe environmental allergies that left me with a permanently stuffed nose and red eyes. When I turned 21, I developed some joint problems that have still gone undiagnosed. Some dr's say arthritis, some say fibromyalgia. Who knows.

          I'd always noticed that, when scratched with something, even lightly, raised, red welts would appear. When I started going to nursing school and had to page through endless medical texts, I finally got a name to put on it.

          My dermographia is relatively painless. I can draw words (and sentences) into my arms, legs, etc. It will itch and feel noticeably "THERE" but I'm not crying from pain or anything. I'll get itching 'spells' on my back and outer thighs that will leave huge, red, raised welts that make me look like a bear mauling victim, but it's more itchy than painful.

          I'd say the biggest trigger is stress. I will develop red welts wherever I am touched when I'm majorly stressed. Then I get to deal with people going "OH DEAR LORD! What is WRONG with you?!" I use this as an opportunity to tell them that I am carrying an alien in my stomach and it's going to rupture out and eat them at any second.

          I haven't tried anything to control or cure my Dermographia. It's not that bothersome to me, and kind of makes for a cool party trick.

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          tealmermaid 6 years ago

          Mine has been clearing up since going gluten-free -- along with clearing up my environmental allergies. It's gone from severe welts to slightly pink marks on my skin. I'm hoping things will continue to improve as my immune system calms down.

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          NHgal LM 6 years ago

          I never heard of dermographism before, but I think I had some of the symptoms. When I was about 8, I had really bad hives on my thighs. I used to wear cut off pajamas under my skirts so my legs wouldn't rub together. And in HS it got so bad sometimes that I didn't have to take gym class. Finally it was traced to an allergy to aspirin. My family didn't use aspirin, but my dentist did. He gave it to me after my many fillings. I never took aspirin again, and never had any more hives. My mother said I also was allergic to sulfa. I got a rash that outlasted whatever I had taken the sulfa for. So I have always avoided sulfa containing medicines (Celebrex). I also thought I was allergic to strawberries back then, and also broke out in a rash from them. I used to eat several strawberry shortcakes in June when they were in season, just to be able to enjoy them, and get the rash (hives?) over with all at once. I have since outgrown that allergy and can eat strawberries again.

          In college I had a summer job that required putting my hands daily in water that had been sanitized with Chlorox. That fall I developed a red, swollen, raised itchy area around my HS ring. Soon it spread to the two adjoining fingers. I couldn't hold a pen or take a written test. A doctor called it contact dermatitus, and prescribed cortisone, which cleared it up. I never wore that ring again. I was always careful to dry under my wedding ring. I never wear any other rings on either hand. I haven't seen that anyone else has mentioned contact dermatitus. And that only two people have mentioned using cortisone cream. You can get it OTC today. Try it.

          In my 30s I did a lot of jogging, and developed raised red welts where my clothes or underwear rubbed. A doctor prescribed Eucerin, which helped some. But I found that Caldesene powder worked best. Other powders didn't work. And Gold Bond burned! Since then I am careful not to sit around in damp clothes (or bathing suits), and always keep a can of Caldesene handy.

          Some of my allergies/sensitivities are genetic. My mother gets bad hayfever, and is allergic to cats and phenol.

          I also get some raised red welts when I get scratched by low branches when walking in the woods. And my hands get a burning sensation when I spread fertilizer powder in the garden, or when I used to can tomatoes. So I don't do either anymore.

          I have never scratched myself on purpose to see what happens, but I suspect I would get a raised red welt. And I never thought of my various allergies/sensitivities as a separate disease, but I guess they might be. I had some allergy tests a few months ago because of occasional dry coughing, and found out that I am allergic to 11 things, including dust mites and several pollens. We also discovered that some of the coughing is because of GERD, and I am now taking Prevacid or Prilosec, and feel better. I am now putting a little Chlorox in the washer when doing our sheets. And I put the blanket and spread in the dryer occasionally. And I vacuum more often. Between doing that, and taking Prevacid, I don't cough anymore.

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          FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

          @NHgal LM: The welts from scratching/rubbing is probably dermographism, but it sounds like it might just be actual reactions to skin damage rather than just pressure.

          Many people with dermographism also have a lot of other allergies and problems, but it doesn't necessarily come as part of the package - just something you're more likely to get ^_^

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          Rachel Field 6 years ago

          I didn't connect it with gluten before but I also wondered about having coeliac's so I stopped having wheat for about 2 years - I didn't notice the "skin writing" much but then I don't think it's as bad now as it was when I was younger (I'm in my late 20s).

          My face is still pretty reactive but I've not noticed the huge welts on my arms/back that I used to have and I haven't written on my hand for years.

          I suffer from pretty bad hayfever too - sometimes it's almost like I can feel the pollen hitting my face with little stings.

          I got tested for a gluten allergy and it came back negative but I hadn't actually been eating wheat for 2 years - you'd think the Dr would have known that was a useless test :/

          I've never had treatment for "skin writing" - just kept it to myself. I used to get those huge welts on my back that looked like Freddy Kruger had been scratching me and whenever I wrote on my hand you could wash the pen away and still read it - I don't think it's like that anymore.

          Oh, but I do still get really red marks on my skin from heat.

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          puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

          Well, Flynn this is interesting. When I was in my teenage years I always avoided walking on gravel or rough ground when possible because my feet would itch horrifically for about 20-30 minutes afterward. I'd NEVER heard anyone else mention this until just now reading your article. And another thing I've just realized and remembered is how trying on clothes and shopping was always an issue when I was younger. The sharp tags on the clothes tags and labels always left thick white and swollen lines on my neck. When we left clothes stores I looked like I'd been whipped on my neck. I never knew there was a name for it. I don't have these issues any more. I can't remember the last time my feet itched. Now I'm wondering if growing up in a "smoking" home had anything to do with it since other recurring illnesses stopped as well when I left home. Hummm.

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          FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

          @puzzlerpaige: Hah, yes! Clothes shopping! I always end up looking like some kind of Frankenstein zombie with lines all over me when I try clothes on :D

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          Jen 6 years ago from California

          My 4 yr old son has dermographism. He's had it since he was born. His skin is incredibly sensitive to everything - fragrance, clothes, chemicals, scratches - he reacts to everything. I had never heard of dermographism until his allergist explained it to me when he was about 4 months old. He is also very allergic to eggs and peanuts, and has food sensitivities to a variety of fruits. He's on the Feingold Diet (no salicytes, dyes, or colorings, and we also do gluten, casein, & whey free), but honestly, it doesn't seem to have helped his skin reactions (although the diet has really helped his behavioral problems and seasonal allergies). I'm hoping that as he gets older his skin will be less sensitive. I was also born with incredibly sensitive skin, but as I've gotten older, the sensitivity has dwindled, so I'm hoping the same will be true for him!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @sheriangell: Hey everyone,

          I actually just heard about this from my cousins wife, who is a doctor. I've always had crazy reactions to things. For example, my chicken pox was 100x worse than my older brothers. I have eczema and my family and doctors just attributed my extremely sensitive skin to that. I know right away if one of my articles of clothing ends up with the other detergent. (I use Tide free...it works well enough). I've been using aveeno my whole life because of dry and sensitive skin. I'm a psych student so I know that when people use that ANNOYING phrase "stop scratching" or digging as my family called it, it just makes you wanna scratch more. I wake up in the morning sometimes with blood under my fingernails and scabs on either my legs, hips, arms or neck. I think I'm allergic to milk products but only certain ones. No one has every diagnosed me with demographia, but a friend of mine wrote I <3 you on my forearm and it was there for 4 days...Shopping for clothing does that same thing to me, the tags attack me and bra shopping is just a horrible experience. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for telling me more about this. It's nice knowing I'm not the only "freak" out there. Oh and I've never heard of anyone else having itchy feet after walking on gravel, everyone thought i was crazy.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          When I was about 32 I had oral surgery to remove 2 wisdom teeth. Shortly after I got an infection in my jaw and was given antibiotics to treat the infection which was fairly serious since I could barely open my mouth. The first symptoms I noticed was an itching at the wrists. I recall it vividly as I was at the theater watching a movie and had taken one of the antibiotic tablets while there.

          Some weeks later I began to notice itching on my forearms as well. I didn't think much of it until one day I was playing with my children and slid down the back of the couch. My legs were on fire. When I looked, the backs of my legs were covered in welts which ran the entire width of both thighs.

          I had never suffered from any type of immune disorder or allergies up to this point. I was exceptionally healthy and rarely sick. Though I will say my father had suffered from hay fever for many years. However, in September of 2008 I began to have trouble breathing. I went to doctors several times and they assured me it was only a viral infection. This continued for nearly 18 months. Finally, when I noticed almost continual swelling in my bronchial tubes and throat, the doctor diagnosed me with asthma and chronic rhinitis. In February 2010 I was diagnosed with a severe allergy to dust mites after having a serious allergic reaction when I went to Europe. Up to that point I had been perfectly fine and free of allergies. I suspect the chronic infection caused my immune system to become overactive and cause the allergy. I am now on Singulair and Loratadine for the allergies. It helps with the itching but my welts and redness are as bold and swollen as ever. I do have periods where the welts are somewhat less grandiose, shall we say.

          My entire body is affected from head to toe. Though it is annoying I find it amusing in many ways. My children have enjoyed drawing on their mom over the years. I never need a pen or paper. I can entertain myself and others... Doctors have asked to show their colleagues... It's been a strange, annoying and interesting 8 years.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I hope this will help people with this condition. I was born in 1963, and in 1966 my parents took me to Memphis TN. hospital to find out what it was. No body else in my family has ever had this condition, but in the mid 90's my sister and I lived together for a couple of years and we both got dogs and the she developed it, but it has since pretty much gone away. Which leaves me to believe it was my dog that triggered it. Ironically it was at this time that my dermographism went away but was replaced with dermatitis, that I could not figure out the cause to save my life. It was as if I was being tortured by a demon, because as much as I was repeated to see one condition that I lived with for over 30 years suddenly I had another condition. The good news is I am free of both now ( I'm 47 now ) and I only discovered the reason for at least the dermatitis to be fragrance. As for the dermagraphism, I do believe it could be fragrance too, and it had simply switched to dermatitis. The dermatitis was the worst of the two. I only have been free of this for about 2 years now, and it's like winning the lottery now that I found the reason. The main culprit was hair spray, it didn't mater if it was fragrance free or even hypoallergenic, shampoo also seemed to be becoming a problem, all of which are odd because I have used both of these products for ever until now. Now I only use fragrance free shampoo from vitamin cottage. And for hair spray I've tried many skin sensitive commercial brands with no luck. But have had great success with my own concoction of a small spray bottle, about 2oz. With hot water mixed with a little white sugar. I do believe less I best when it comes to putting anything on your skin. Unbelievably my wife of 9 years now has dermagraphism. And here is my conclusion to this. 1) common family factors (Allergies and asthma) 2) something can be introduced like a dog that you may not have a direct reaction to but it becomes the trigger to cause other things like fragrance to then activate the dermatitis and or dermagraphism.believe me I have racked my brains for years to solve this horrible puzzle, and eurika! So my solution is keep the pets if you have any, but eliminate the fragrance, hairspray, lotions, deodorant ( I use allmay fragrance free deodorant ) ect... And give the biggest organ you have a permanent break from the chemically loaded products our skin absorbs like a sponge. I hoe my experience helps someone who had a similar condition.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I know two people who have this skin condition one is my cousin and one is a friend. So from the 4-5% of the entire population that they say who has this condition, it is weird that I know two.:-) I usually write on their skin or just slap them, to see how long the welting will last.

          I did not have dermographism before, it just started around 3 years ago. I noticed that every time I scratch I get the red bumps on my skin. So at first I thought, I was just scratching too much and did not even think that it was because of the condition. I don't have any allergies to food or medication. My friends are teasing me since I developed the condition after I became some sort of a germ freak. They said that this is because I am being to clean. At first it was irritating since I always have marks everywhere. Especially in my face, my face will be as red as a tomato with some welting. Even when someone grab me by the arms it instantly becomes red.:-( I've learned to live with the condition, and sometimes it is entertaining as well, since when I show it to some people they try to do it on their skin. :-) I try not to touch my face most of the time when I am out in public places. Sometimes I use the back of a comb to scratch so there would not be any bumps when my skin feels itchy.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I was just diagnosed today. in fact about 6 hours ago. I have struggled with this for 4 months. I went to countless doctors. I have spoken to even more, researched further and still came up short. about 3 weeks ago, my GP put me on Atarax 10 mg 3 times a day. I took it at night, it knocked me out and that was it...I didnt itch any more and was able to sleep through the night. However, I couldnt take it during the day as I became somatic. I couldn't see my clients nor could I barely stay awake. So I only took it at night, it helped but I have missed a ton of work because of this. There are days when taking a shower is painful because the water is hitting my skin. Today I saw a dermatologist who diagnosed me with Dermagrphic Urticaria, he said it was pretty severe. he drew a nice picture on my back. He prescribed a higher dose of guess what, that's right atarax. I never expereinced any of this until after I had a double ear infection/ sore throat. My GP prescribed 1000 mg a day for 10 days. I see an allergist on Monday- let's see what this physician says. I think for now, I have some relief and that's all that really matters at this moment. Till then, this is my story and I'm sticking to it.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          i got diagnosed with dermographism at 21, i was suffering from intense itching and a burning sensation of the skin, i went to the doctors a total of 6 times before they diagnosed me, i thought i was going mental, the doctors said i had an allergic reaction 2 of the times i went to see him, and then said i had scabies and wasn't treating myself properly, and then 6th time i got diagnosed with dermographism, i itch almost 24/7 my skin feels like its on fire when in the bath i come out in pimples as well as hives, and then pimples bleed and scab due to the itchiness, i have purple dots and rashes all over my skin from the itching, and burstin blood vessels, its totally killed my self confidence i had, i feel the need to cover up all the time case i knock myself and start itching again, antibiotics from the doctors reduce the itching but doesnt stop it, and after a month of being on the same antibiotic i become immune and it stops working all together, dermographism is ruining my life!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I was diagnosed yesterday but the doctor just said I had dermographism and proscribed some antihisteminic medicine. I haven't bought it yet but if I hadn't looked for it on the internet I probably would never know what it was and its benefits for my artistic self!

          I get very itchy in PE lessons, when I'm hot and sometimes when I'm cold, when I have showers and every tie I itch myself by accident. My grandmother is 83 and has suffered a lot with it because no one has ever told her what it was. Now I have got to tell her!

          When I'm itchy I get very hot and irritated!!!!!!!!!! oh it also happens when I have lots of stress about school. At least now I know what it is I can try and have fun with it.

          something funny about when you realize you've got it you have a strange feeling it's your fault that you got all red hot and itchy! you also think about what you can draw on yourself and if it works (at least that's my experience).

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @FlynntheCat1: Me too! I went shopping and my whole body was covered!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I hope this help others with this condition:

          I was diagnosed with dermographism at 14. During the first year following the diagnosis I also experienced frequent itching, and the only thing I found helpful was long hot showers. Later, I found a way to subdue the itching: when felt, I would relax every muscle in my body until the urge to itch passed. This helped greatly, and today, 10 years later, I rarely feel my skin itching.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am 13 years old. I am very healthy and participate in sports - football, track, cross country etc. No allergies. I do eat pizza every day at school but I noticed the dermographia right about the time I got scabies. I only had the scabies on my wrists and hands. I went to the doctor and they treated the scabies and it went away but continue to get the dermographia. I notice it occurs when I get hot and sweaty. The heat triggers itchiness. I also drink alot of soft drinks especially coke. I've tried reducing the caffine but haven't noticed a difference. I'll try reducing the breads. I know this has to be associated with the scabies because I never suffered from this until then.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I was diagnosed wirh rheumatoid arthiritis at the age of 16. I am now 52. I have had many surgeries, but in 2002, 2005 and April of 2011 I underwent major surgeries 2 abdominal and one on my hand, about 1 to 2 weeks after each surgery I have developed welts anywhere I scracth or apply pressure (Dermographism). The doctors don"t know what causes it. I was on IV antibiotics after surgery and of course have large scars. I can write names anywhere on my skin with my fingernail and it raises up and last for hours, sometimes I wake up the next day and can still see remenants of it. Thanks to this article I know what I have. It is very painful, itchy, and annoying I do not expierence wheezing of anything like that. The first time it lasted about 2 months the second time it lasted 6 to 8 months. I just got it again we"ll see how lang it last this time.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I'm a 38 year old female with hives and dermographism. My bout with dermograhism began about a month after I stopped breastfeeding my daughter (now 4). It began in the hands and scalp - severe itching that then spread to the rest of my body. Necklaces, tight fitting clothes, and just about anything can cause a flare-up. I've been to my PCP, dermatologist, and allergist. I have a regimin that keeps it in check, but i still have flare-ups. I take Xyzal and Tagamet in the morning and 2 benadryl at bedtime. If i forget to take any of these, my body quickly reminds me. I tend to break out after shaving as well. To make matters worse, I have chronic vulvadynia, and lately it has gotten worse. I'm wondering if there is a connection? It also gets much worse just before my period. I would love to remove antihistamines from my life, but don't see any hope for it. I had to do without while my dermatologist patch tested me to see if I had other allergies (no) and it was UNBEARABLE.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          i am 17 years old and have had dermographism for years i diganosed myself with it by running across it on tv. No one in my family understands it and all they lik to do is hit me to watch my skin welp up they call me weird and everything. But it is very embarrassing to me its hard to explain to people what it is and explaining to them im ok and it doesnt hurt when i bump into something or scratch. Its hard to know tht i accidently scratched my face (just barly) and have to walk down my high schools hall way with everyone. Everyone thinks im dying of somekind of desese. and when i tell them what i have they think i just made it up out of no where and make fun of me. I feel lik crying sometimes because i really dont want this and theres nothing i can do about it. So i just try to laugh along with them and ignore all the crude remarks but thank you for lisening to my story :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Hang in there. I remember once in art class when we had to make pottery by rolling balls of clay flat by rubbing them back and forth with our hands. I couldn't stop itching. No one else was itching. It was awful. The best thing you can do is learn about it so you can tell people, it's just histamine! Don't let it hurt your self esteem.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: I got dermographism after having my son in aug of 07. I figured my hormones were off and thats why I had it but with my son now almost 4 I was deperate for relief I started taking 2 teaspoons of braggs apple cider vinager with "mother" ( not sure exactly what this is) for a cyst I thought I may have and it cleared the dermographism. You should try this maybe it will help you I ordered it off amazon it was about $6 . Im sure you could find it at health food stores as well hope this helps:)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm 17 years old and I honestly never heard of the condition until today while browsing through some forums, there I came upon a picture of 'skin writing' and connected it to the problem I've been having since Spring Break, just a few month ago. It started out I suppose when I dog sat my uncle's 2 dogs for about 2 weeks a little before Spring break. I've always had sensitive skin but never towards animals, so I blamed my new itches on the grass/dirt on their paws/claws. i do know I'm allergic to grass. Later I got raised hive in the shapes of how the dog scratched me. I though once they were gone and I washed all my stuff these rashes would go away.It didn't, I only noticed it was a consistent problem when I went shopping one day and saw all the breakouts in the dressing room from sharp tag scratches. My parents only said it was because I should be cleaner and bathe more properly and that these rashes would go away. But they never do it it's pretty uncomfortable with the hot swelling and itchiness, even if I just bump into something lightly.Today after seeing the skin writing I started doodling and writing on myself, sure to say it's definitely dermographism.Spooked my dad so badly too XD, it sucks but hey gotta find some humor in this. Now that I know the name, I can actually look up stuff or this condition..and convince my parents that I'm not dying.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I feel the SAME EXACT WAY! lol I get it a lot when I work out, which is 5 to 6 times a week. And I've noticed it occurring more often when stressed about schol. Or even in an exam, my neck might start itching, which is a horrible and visible spot, but always first for me. And I also think about what to draw on myself haha

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've been allergic to some things such as egg, chicken and pollen of some

          plants and trees, dogs and cats, since my early childhood. It was always

          very controllable with that I mean I got symptoms only during summer or when

          I definately had eaten eggs by mistake. Antihistamine (zyrtec back then)

          helped with the symptoms. It suddenly changed when I was 17. I was returning

          home from my grandma when I suddenly got very itchy in the car. When I was

          home we noticed my skin had these red areas and we simply thought I had

          eaten egg by mistake so I took a zyrtec pill, problem solved... until the

          day after the same thing happened again and I definately had not eaten

          anything bad. I noticed whenever I went to a shower the itching, burning

          sensation and redness became a lot worse. Wearing clothes was horrible, also

          leaning my back to my chair. Took a zyrtec and it helped again. Later I

          noticed I could "draw" to my skin, just a gentle touch from fingernail or

          something pointy and the shapes emerged high and red during a few minutes..

          and they itched. So this went on for months and I had to take zyrtec almost

          daily or I'd go insane with the itching and burning. There was no spot on my

          body that wouldn't itch.

          I went to a new allergy test (brick test) and every sample, including the

          clean test sample, turned out positive. It was my skin that was so sensitive

          to the test and needles, I'm not really allergic to everything. The doctor

          took a look to that and tried "drawing" on my arm, then diagnosing me with

          this Dermographism which I knew nothing about back then... it was weird to

          me and nobody seemed to know anything about it.

          Because daily use of Zyrtec made me feel more tired we tried other pills and

          Telfast (a fexofenadine) seemed good. It's a 3rd generation antihistamine

          which I read shouldn't cross brain-blood-barrier at all, which would explain

          why I don't feel more tired days I've taken it compared to days I've not

          taken antihistamine. I've been taking Telfast daily for 10 years now. Still,

          when I stop taking it the burning, itching and ability to "draw" on my skin

          return. I tried giving up things one by one, like coffee and milk. The

          appartment where I live and how clean it is doesn't make a difference either

          (I've moved a few times.) Only thing I haven't tried yet is giving up bread,

          pasta and such, but it seems difficult to do and I doubt them because I get

          no stomach aches which I get from egg that I'm really allergic to.

          I think I'm still lucky though, cause antihistamine (in my case) fixes all

          the symptoms and I can live normal life. There goes months I don't even

          remember I have this illness, unless I forget to take a pill at morning. I'm

          still worried about daily use of antihistamine though, because as far as I

          know they're normally meant taken randomly or seasonally. Human body is a

          weird thing and so much is still unknown. Still there is progress, like the

          new antihistamines that don't cause tiredness. I hope the causes of

          Dermographism are studied and some day we know whys and how to better treat

          it, maybe even cure it. I'd want to know at least why it first begins and

          why it stays.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I have demographia too and I swell up terribly from mosquito bites. Like 3 centimeters wide, so I feel ya. I've had this since I was 10 or 11 (29 now) and I've tried everything with the mosquito bites. Best is to just wear bug spray and not get them. Also I put ice on mine and it helps a little bit. Not what you want to hear, I know, but if you find anything let me know!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am a 28 yr old woman who was just diagnosed with this condition. I've always had fair skin and capillaries close to the surface, so skin irritations were never uncommon. Never had food allergies though,and I don't remember ever breaking out in serious hives. I've always had a heightened sensitivity to heat,and thus am prone to bouts of flushing.I also have had severe anxiety issues since I was about 6 yrs of age. Chronic panic attacks, hypochondria, OCD, BDD....pretty much every disorder characterized by a deficiency in Serotonin!So,when I get anxious, it's not uncommon for a flush to break out. Sometimes the flush can occur all over my neck and shoulders. Lately, the flushing has increased in frequency and intensity. In addition, I noticed itchy patches on my skin that seemed to come from nowhere. These patches were generally flat and red. Sort of felt and looked like a rug burn, if that makes any sense. Like a chafing feel and look. But, sometimes after scratching I'd get these linear,raised welts. Very strange looking things. I also began to see a pattern evolve with the rashes. I realized it was some sort of pressure that triggered the reaction. But, since I'm not a physician, I chose to consult with my internist on the matter. After a thorough physical, and a battery of blood work(which all turned out normal) the doctor performed one final test. He ran a long metal object down my spine. Then he smiled. I was curious as to why. He said the immediate welt that arose, indicated a condition known as Dermographism which was a diagnosis he was more than happy to give, due to the rather benign nature of the condition.

          So I did have a few questions,since I've never encountered another person with this disorder and was curious as to some of the phenomena I experience are a direct result of this condition. The flushing: Heat seems to trigger the flat,red patches. Not welts, but more of a patchy flush. Anyone else experience this? Also, most of the patches I get are not itchy. It seems to be more of a cosmetic issue,at the moment. And cosmetic issues are huge for me,since I already struggle with Body Dysmorphia....wait.Lost my train of thought. Umm....I started taking Claratin about 3 days ago but haven't really seen any improvement. Kind of nervous. If anybody who has experience with this disorder is willing to give me some tips on dealing,I'd appreciate it greatly.

          Thank you so very much,

          Beck

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have always had allergies to common mold, dust, animals and the usual seasonal along with asthma. but after i got pregnant with my first son i would notice that i would get really itchy on my back, top of my legs, arms stomach and neck...after scratching uncontrollably i would break out in long lines that were red and raised they also burned...it never seemed to go away on my wedding day i had to wear gloves so that i did not scratch and swell before i got pregnant with my second child i had to have my gallbladder removed...and then after my second child i noticed that when i put anything up against my skin i break out in the largest hives i have ever seen it only seems to be getting worse and i do not know if i should see my family doctor or go to a dermatologist or allergy specialist..? any advice

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          About 4 years ago I gave birth to my son, then ended up in hospital for a week with an operation and recovery. While in hospital I somehow came in contact with scabies, ending up with the annoying little mites myself. After 2 treatments to free myself of them, I was finally Scabies free. BUT (and I dont know if it is connected, although I have read before that Dermographism can come from having an infection or infestation which has lasted longer than 'normal'. so who knows), after being rid of the Scabies, I found I had landed myself another issue ... itchy skin. The more I scratched, the more my skin became red and inflamed with huge welts all over the parts i had scratched. After leaving it for a few weeks in the hopes it would disappear, I did some research and found that it was Dermographism!! I have now lived with this for the past 4 years, and learnt to deal with it. I tried antihistamines at one stage but they didnt really make too much difference. I mostly get it on my back, thighs, arms, stomach and chest. It has slowly spread a little bit over the 4 years but its not too bad. I find that a cold/ice pack will help reduce the inflamation and cool the skin, sometimes making the itching cease, but mostly i just scratch til the itchiness disappears - usually within 10 minutes.

          I sometimes have a little fun and use it as a party trick, hehe, drawing a nice little picture and watching my friends as they watch my arm raise up in a welt the shape of a flower.

          I have thought about going to the doctor and getting some meds to try get rid of it, but I kind of like being a little bit different, so I think i will just live with it until it either disappears or I get sick of scratching.

          good luck to anyone who has just discovered Dermographism, its not scary and nothing to be afraid of. Think of all the party tricks you can do now!!!!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am a 22 year old female and I have had this since I was a baby. I thought I was the only one until I saw a story about it on 20/20 one afternoon. For my whole life people have asked me what happened every time I welted and all I could tell them was that I had sensitive skin or a skin allergy. I to use to itch constantly and I took the over the counter allergy medicine benadryl and it made me so sleepy all the time but I had no insurance and doctors couldn't diagnose me so they never gave me any medicine. The crazy part is when I got pregnant 2 years ago I couldn't take benadryl and after i had my son I no longer itched, although I still welt I am relieved to not itch anymore.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          If I go to the tanning bed regularly and get a really GOOD TAN, mine goes away... until my tan goes away... then the condition returns. It seems my condition is getting worse the longer I have it though.... used to be that I would just turn red and welt where ever I was scratched .... now I swell in the surrounding areas (more so) and break out in red blotches all over my neck and chest when I get stressed. It's embarrassing lol

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I have been dealing with this for approx 12 years. I am 48 yrs old and also have Autoimmune thyroiditis and an unspecified mixed connective tissue disorder. The skin condition is so embarresing and people constantly ask me what is wrong? I have been to rheumatologists,immunologists, allergists and dermatologists and have tried numerous meds including Prednisone,immuno suppressants, topical steroids but nothing works. I am constantly itching and breaking out, especially on my hands and arms. I accidentally ran across an article on this disorder and it describes my symptoms perfectly. Would appreciate any advice.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am a sixteen year old girl. I have been struggling with this for only a couple months. At first, I thought I had bacteria on my fingernails so when I went to scratch my skin, the bacteria infected it. But that was not the case. I tried different experiments with other clean objects and they all did the same thing. Then I thought that it was the soap that I use and maybe I am allergic to it. But I switched that soap to one I am more familiar with. My skin never changed. So one day, I decided to type into google, "wherever I scratch red bumps and lines appear." Dermographia popped up several times. I don't understand how I got this and why now when I never had it my whole life.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My friend has had this condition for a few years. Yesterday he figured out what it is he said that when he takes a shower he gets hives all over his back, legs and arms. Writing on his hand with a pen does not cause any symptoms but using a blunt ended instrument and not pushing to hard causes a reaction and you can write on their arm. When the skin is pulled taught the razed bumps turn white.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm a 22 year old college student who has been dealing with dermographism for over a year now. Last year I found myself constantly being itchy especially on my legs, an no amount of lotion or hydrocortozone would help. I went to 3 doctors two at school and my doctor at home, before they sent me to an allergist. My allergist knew instantly what it was and verified it by using a tongue depressor to draw an x on my back that then continued to welt twice as large as the tongue depressor. He then put my on 3 prescription strength antihistamines. At first they really helped and I was finally able to go more then ten minutes without scratching. The doctor said it should go away within a couple of months. However a year has passed and I am just as bad as I was before if not worse. Antihistamines don't help anymore. I'm seriously going crazy and my legs are so scratched up that they bleed. I won't wear a skirt or a dress because I'm to embarrassed to show my legs. I really just want some relief and to be able to show my legs and not be embarassed and to sit through a class without scratching for 80% of it..

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @puzzlerpaige: went I got my first bra fitting, everywhere the woman touched went completely red. It was so, so embarrassing. She kept asking if I was okay. I didn't have a clue what it was either. 3 years later I still have it, and finally today I know what it is!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm in my sixties and have had dermagraphism for the last 6 or 7. At first it was just an irritating itch when I took a bath or shower. I like my showers hot. It would last about 15 or 20 minutes and go away. That lasted about a year and I got worse. I would break out in outrageous hives and had to take Benidril to get them gone. I went to a dermatologist and he gave me samples of lotions and creams, he gave me an oil called Dermasmooth which was supposed to get rid of the itch. No help. Finally after numerous visits to doctors all over the state, I found my current doctor. He recognised it right away as dermagraphism. It seems he has several patients with it, most of which came to him from emergency rooms, after years of suffering and finally, becoming suicidal. I was at a point myself where I told my husband I couldn't live like this any longer. The itch was excruciating and my mental state was bad. I was itching almost 24 hours a day. Even in my sleep. I'd wake with bruises and raw skin from scratching. I take Methotrexate right now. Three tablets twice a week. I supplement with Neuronton and antihistimines. My Doctor is hoping to cure it, but so far not doing a great job. He says he has patients who've had this for 20 years or more. I can live with it as long as I take my meds. I've been told only 5% of the world population has dermagraphism. Pretty rare. No research studies for it, I've been looking for ages. People who don't have it, have no idea how debilitating it can be. I will continue to work with my doctor, take my meds and keep looking for answers.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Find a dermatologist that knows what Dermagraphism is. I've had it for years and get very good relief from certain medications. Don't try and deal with it on your own. It can be very devastating.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Find a dermatologist that knows what the disease is and has had patients with it in the past. There are medications that work. I've had it for years, I'm 62. I was suicidal before I met the doctor I see now. He's given me relief and hope for a future without the burning itch.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am a 20 year old college student and I've had dermagraphism since I was 12. When I first went to the doctor, they had absolutely no idea what to do with me. Finally, one of the younger ones found a huge medical encyclopedia and told me that it was called "Dermagraphitis" (not true) and that it would go away within two years. Eight years later and it is still going strong.

          I have never had a reaction to showers but if I ever get scratched, hit, scraped, or bumped, I will develop a hive in that spot.

          In addition, besides mild eczema, I have no other skin conditions or allergies.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had chronic uticaria for 4 years, ever since I had two shoulder surgeries. They do not know what causes it but know that progesterone, pressure and heat seem to be triggers. For the past several weeks it has gotten worse and even my medication is not working as well. I wake up every morning covered in hives on whichever side I was sleeping on, have welts by my bra lines, panty lines, where my watch is. I believe that I have delayed pressure uticaria or dermagraphism. I have had the test done with the stick down the back and swelled from that. Currently my eye is half swollen shut from hives. They do begin to fade as the day progresses but return upon sleep. I have been on cyclosporine for almost 4 years and usually that works but having a hard time controlling the hives from the pressure, antihistamines do not work for me.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had demographia for some 30 years. It takes the form of an intense itch. I was put on cortisone when first diagnosed and have been on it since.An obvious result is that I have osteoporosis. Because of my demographia I cannot be tested for allergies in the standard way.Is there way of determining my allergies and is there a substitute for prednisone that doesn't cause thinning of the bone?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          !! my friends thought that i took a blade and planned to commit suicide. >.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've had this my entire life and I'm 19 yrs old. I sort of just got use to it and thought that its interesting. Although sometimes it really bothers me, because the mark of the scratch is just entirely visible for everyone to see and people who notices it are just shock and asks me about it. They would come up with a cause and sometimes I just go with it, because I'm just tire of explaining it to people.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Ive had Dermographism for as long as i can remember and its the most iritating thing in the world, i always thought that everyones gets these welts when they have a itch untill the 7th grade, that was when people started to notice it more. Its a countinuious pain to have the same question asked, did a cat scratch you? Or do your parents abuse you? Im so tired of explaining it now when people ask how or what happened i just say oh i dont know. My best advice is to keep your fingernails short. Oh and im 14.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am a 19 year old female college student. I've had Symptomatic Dermographism for about a year and a half now. It began with a slight itching at the nape of my neck for about a week in November of 2010. Then one day the full symptoms struck. I suffered through it for about a month, using cortisone cream, baking soda baths, trips to walk-in clinics to be given /very/ low doses of anti-histamine in both a shot and pill form (probably no more than about 15mg). I was desperate in trying ease the itching, but to no avail. Finally, I was officially diagnosed by a dermatologist in December of 2010.

          I was put on a prescription of 300 mg of Allegra. Now that Allegra is over-the-counter, I'm currently using a generic form of 180 mg. the 180 has worked for awhile now, but I think I'm building up a tolerance to my anti-histamine because I've been having to take it earlier and earlier, and I still have random bouts of attacks throughout the day.

          I also took a skin test awhile ago to find out what I might be allergic to. The test didn't come up with anything of significance. Some pollen, certain trees and grass, but nothing that would be hardly sever enough to cause the reaction I am getting.

          Dermographism sucks, guys. Especially if it's symptomatic.I would give anything in the world to just make it go away. Just because a condition is not life threatening, doesn't mean it can't take full control of your life.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have Dermatographism, and I am 22 years old. It started for me when I was a junior in high school. I would get these huge hives that would itch and burn like I was on fire. The only way to cool it and relieve the itch and burn was to pour on Caladryl Clear (available at CVS). My mom kept telling me I was scratching too hard, but I knew it was the opposite. Every time I touched my skin and my nail accidentally touched my skin, I knew what I was going to be in for. The most common areas for hives for me was my thighs, my ankles, and fore-arms and wrists. But I have had hives in every area imaginable. So during my senior year of high school, I convinced my mom to take me to the dermatologist and luckily I started getting an itchy burning hive under my school uniform tights in the waiting room. When the doctor saw it, she knew exactly what it was and explained it to my mom and me. I then on expensive prescription anti-histamines, but that was costing my mom a lot of money, so I went on generic Zyrtec (Cetirizine). I ran out, so I started taking Benadryl, but that active ingredient did absolutely nothing to stop the hives and burning itching. So I've been living with this for 4 years, and if I don't take Cetirizene everyday, I will go right back to the burning itching hives, and you all know how bad that is. I'm so glad I have my life back with Cetirizene!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My 16 year old son was diagnosed with Dermagraphism about a year ago. We do know what triggered the initial reaction. When he was about 2 years old the pediatrician had us pull citrus foods from his diet as she believe it was the cause of his excema - she was correct. However, it did not show up in his allergy tests. As he grew olded he would no longer get excema after eating citrus and we thought he had out grown the reaction. Two years ago he ate a pile of oranges (still one of his favorite foods) and his skin turned red starting at his head and moved down through his body over a three day period. A year later he went to eat an orange and we cautioned him it wasn't wise. Unfortunately we turned out backs and when I looked back there was a pile of orange peels. It was after this last excessive consumtion of citrus that the dermagraphism started. Antihistimes help keep it in control but we are in the process of repeating the allergy test and working with an allergist to see if we can find a more permanent solution. Good luck to you all and I hope this information helps.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've had it for about 5 yrs now. I'm 18 yrs old. The worst thing about it is when you have to explain it to people...but on a brighter note..my siblings are very careful about slapping/beating/pinching/scratching me 'cuz in a few minutes I show them these red welts and makes them feel guilty!! It goes away faster when I gently dab cold water over it. The spot also feels heated up. I also think I'm sort of addicted to sugar.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hi I just entered an expierence from my 3 yr old grand daughter, however I did not realize i put my email down for a name. Please remove my email address from the name.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          To be honest I had never heard of this condition until today when I felt the urge to google "skin welting after being scratched" after another normal welt appeared on my face where I had accidentally scratched it when flicking my hair away.

          The first time these welts appeared was when I was 8 years old. They presented themselves while I was playing with my Aunt's dog and happened to get scratched. I'm now 33 years old and it is just a very normal part of my life that I've mostly put down to having "sensitive skin".

          Writing on my skin and leaving the welt to raise moments later while onlookers watch in amazement has always been my best party trick ... the best part being I was always the only person in the room that could do this :-)

          I've had some not so pleasant experiences with my skin. Notably I had continual rashes on my face, chest and arms for about 3 months when I moved to Ireland for a year. I was allergy tested and basically nothing conclusive was discovered other than I have propensity to have allergies?? Said rashy badness was particularly horrible around my eyes. Nice! On a different occasion, after eating strawberries one particular year, I ended up a with a particularly lovely all over body rash which lasted for a couple of days but I've never had another response to eating strawberries. Also, I regularly get rashes on my hands and wrists when I'm premenstrual (that could be attributed to good ole hormones and not my skin though I guess) and occasionally, for some unknown reason, I will get a rash on the sides of my face, neck and all over my chest that last for about a week then disappear again.

          Extreme heat (whether external or after physical activity) has been known to cause me to break out in a head to toe welty rash that itches like mad.

          I'm not sure how it is all connected, if it is connected at all, but I also have an anxiety disorder (which is much improved), polycystic ovaries and Hashimoto's disease. Honestly? It sometimes feels a bit like I'm breaking up, Captain.

          I'm glad I found this site!

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          10incbellevue 5 years ago

          Wow. Great lens, great comments! Very detailed information here. I'll definitely bookmark this one.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          2nd time around. I was diagnosed with dermographism (sp?) when I was in my late teens/early 20's I don't remember how long it took to go away but I remember being freaked out when the Dr. told me it could last weeks, months, years or a lifetime. I could not imagine being itchy for my entire life. It did go away but now I am 50 and it is back! I also was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2002 and I read in this article that IBD diseases which are autoimmune diseases could play a part! I do not think I will go to the Dr. this time. I am taking an anthistamine on my own when I can't handle the itchies any more! I guess we just suffer through it and hope it runs its course soon!!

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          FlynntheCat1 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Hi Tolba, I can't actually edit comments, but I made sure it never showed up, and this is the comment (thanks for sharing, by the way!):

          "My grandaughter just turned 3 yrs old and she has had this for about a yr. We have to be careful not to tickle her or hold her too tight. One time she must have brushed up against a house plant that had fine leaves on it and the imprint of the leaves welted up on her face. She also tends to scratch alot. I never knew of this condition prior to this. "

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          im 17 at the time... and i believe i've had it sine i was 13.... my dermographism is really weird, because im not allergic to anything, not pollen, not dogs, cats, or any other food or animal. I dont know if im wrong or might be wrong, but in my case, it appears in extreme climate changes...i live in Dominican Republic, which is a tropical country, and when it gets cold, my body starts to itch, especially my hands, and if i scratch i can write anything i like, the same happens when it get hot outside, another weird thing is that i do not sweat, so maybe its connected, i dont know...

          anywho, i just wanted to share my story about dermographism..i can write on my skin when it gets cold or hot.. :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My son was just diagnosed with it and he is only 6 years old. He did have strep throat a couple of weeks ago so he was on an antibiotic. I am hoping the antibiotic is what triggered it and now that he is done with the antibiotic he will not last

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I just ran into this site and your not alone. I was diagnosed with dermographism in 2010 . It only lasted 3 months and had stayed away until this year 2012. I triggered it when I sprayed some perfume one day and boom it hasn't gone away for a month. I have new symptoms this time like pain. These little bumps that look almost like mosquito bites pop up and offer thw worst burning pain ever. my fingers are also so swollen that i cant even think about putting on my wedding ring. I did 2 weeks ago and couldn't get it off. It hurt so bad. I don't know why I feel like crying while writing this it's strange. The itch is intense and brought on by different things for me like: pressure from walking on the floor or laying on my back,dust,cats, and even the cold. I live in Texas and it's been cold this winter I noticed when my skin felt the cold it would itch and welt up. Somedays my skin feels hot and somedays there are marks but no sensations. I hate the long welts that come up on my forearm they make me look like a cutter with huge long scars. I went through a drive through to get my daughter lunch. I handed the lady my card and she just stared at my arm. I felt so bad I thought she probobley thinks I'm a bad mom that cuts herself when the truth is its just my crazy skin. A few things my dr said that may help are: 1 in 500,000 people get this also pressure and climate are big factors in this and dermographism leaves as mysteriously as it came.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          One more thing I think may help. In 2010 when I was diagnosed the Dr. prescribed me a cream. It's called Fluocinonide Ointment usp,0.05%. This cream took the itch away almost immediatley! I also got another prescription that the dr said helped some patients get rid of all the symptoms quicker but not all patients. I belive it worked for me but I can't remember the name. I'm going back to see him and I will get the name for you if your interested. May take awhile since my dermotologist is booked 2 to3 months in advance but as soon as I get the name I will write in. Taking deep breaths and trying not to scratch is difficult but a benefit. My dr said scratching releases hystimines hope that is spelled right so that is why the itch seems never ending. I also take hot showers and it seems to help. Dustung is a plus ware long sleeves and pants though. getting rid of dust may help as for the pain and marks on the face I don't know what to do so if you do please tell me. I hope this helps at least one person. I'm so glad to have found this site.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I hope you get this. Ask your dr for Fluocinonide ointment usp 0.05% it stops the itching almost immediatley. hope this helps.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I remember when I was in first grade and I had thought it was fun to write on myself with pen and make silly pictures. Several minutes later I noticed how my skin was popping out and I was in fact very scared so I told my father and he brought me to the doctors. The doctor has said I had dermographism and ever since than I had to start taking medication every other day to prevent me from feeling itchy all the time and if I don't take the medicine, I start to get really irritated easily by everything and more hives start to produce even without me hitting or writing on my skin! I sometimes wish I never had this rare skin allergy but it's pretty unique and cool to tell people about!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          HI: I have suffered from dermatographism for about 10 years -- I believe mine may have been triggered by menopause but cannot be certain of this. Have also suffered from pressure hives, sun-induced hives and hives for no reason -- not allergic to one thing -- all blood work even autoimmune factors have been negative. Very frustrated -- been on just about every antihistamine known which do nothing -- am wonderfing if my body has started to build up an intolerance to Zyrtec which I have been taking for a long time and maybe should try a switch to Claritin. Also wondering about children's benadryl -- if anyone has had any success with that? Also dairy -- I need the calcium (although I do take calcium supplements) but LOVE yogurt (only have one cup a day) but wondering if anyone has found that their hives and dermatographism cleared or improved greatly when they cut out dairy completely. I don't know if I am willing or more importantly able to do this -- only have one cup of yogurt but do love it so much and it is Greek yogurt which is good for the GI system. No celiac, no H pylori, no irritable bowel syndroem -- colonoscopy and all biopsies perfectly normal. This is the worst condition I know of to suffer from on a daily basis. and last, does anyone see a good physician in the Boston area??

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've had this since I was around five.. I didn't know there was even a name for it- my doctors just suggested I had sensitive skin. I'm coming to terms with not hiding my arms.(I've hid them for years) and finally told most of my friends, and they ask questions- and don't treat me as crazily as I thought.(: In a way, this makes me feel so much better.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Hi! I'm a 24 year old female. I first started to experience dermatograhism (sp?) symptoms about 2 weeks ago. I believe mine was brought on by either a yogurt or oatmeal allergy. (I've recently adopted a healthier lifestyle.) I stopped eating yogurt a week ago and stopped eating oatmeal yesterday and my symptoms have already greatly reduced. I've been using the Children's Benadryl gel that I rub on my skin whenever it begins to itch and it has worked. I would assume the pill form would probably work as well.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have wondered the same thing - if my daily consumption of yogurt may be the cause. AS of yesterday I have cut it out and am going to see what happens. Annie

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          HI. I been having dermagraphism since I was a baby. I'm a 16 yr old female.

          All my friends that know about it think it's pretty freaking awesome. They like to write on me :/ haha. I get bored and draw on myself sometimes. But i forget i have it until it actually occurs which is daily because I'm accident prone, this girl is always getting hurt. lol I enjoy using this skin disease as a pathetic excuse to feel sorry for me when i want something :) although its fun and all, it really sucks when i get hit or scratched in the face. that just pisses me off..

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Does anyone suffer from dermatographism so bad that the mere handling of a book or pulling up ones socks causes severe dermatographism (red patches) to appear? I am getting rather concerned -- is this -- I end up with big red patches that are slightly itchy whenever I rub up against things, put on my socks, scratch or rub my skin -- is this the usual presentation of dermatographism. Does it ever get any better or does anything help this? Very anxious -- wonder if anxiety makes it worse too??

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: stress makes my dermatographism worse , here lately just wearing clothes bothers me I start itching all over. I read that tanning beds help with the itching and it's weird but it really does work within 5 minutes of being in the uv lights I get relief and don't itch so maybe you should try it. also benadryl works pretty good at relieving the symptoms since it's a n allergy condition hope this helps :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am 62 years old and have suffered with these symptoms for the last 10+ years. I was diagnosed with allergies and went through the entire battery of shots. NO HELP!! Just diagnosed with dermographism. My symptoms come and go. Sometimes lasting 2+ years, then going away for the same or more time. THIS IS MISERABLE. I swell up, have large swollen welts on my skin where clothing etc. touch. I itch constantly and get little relief from antihistamines. The don't go away, they just subside for a day or so. Then return with a vengence. I have just begun another round with this affliction after being free for almost 3 years. You stress fearing the eruptions, then the stress makes it worse. Over the years I have had stomach issues and it make sense to me that the two may be connected. I pretty much began a bland diet the last time and that may have helped. I guess will go back to that. BORING! But needed.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i am 21 years old and i have dermographism. i took antihistamines as advised by my doctor for almost a year but it i felt like there was no use. the day i ate them i was fine but when the frequency was reduced i used to get hives and he refused to take the allergy test coz att that time my urticaria was not good.. Now i have moved to homeopathy. its just been a few days. they asked me to take less stress and not to eat fermented food :(. should i take a proper allergy test now?? does it hurt that bad with those pricks??

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have not been officially diagnosed, however my symptoms are exactly what are list here. I believe I have a moderate to servers case. I cannot scratch myself at all. If I have an itch and scratch... before I know it I will have the entire area broken out in the wheals and the itch only continues to become worse. I have had one entire side of my abdomen swollen looking like I had cellulitis. Like mentioned tho it goes away in 30 minutes to and hour if I stop touching it.

          I have found relief in allergy medicine like Zyrtec. I'm forgetful tho so I tend to break out often anyway. I don't know anyone else personally that suffers from this condition, not even family members. (I saw there is some theories that it could be genetic) I am glad to know there are others out there like me. I am 37 and have had this condition in varying degrees my whole life. It has been worse for the past ten years or so.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I got dermographism when I was 13 or 14 n I have no idea why it just showed up one day n it got worse and I am now 21 going on 22 I hate it I'm tired of explaining wht it is .. N ppl staring n I'm so tired of scratching I just wish it was gone or I can get a better explanation wht it appeared out of nowhere !

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: No not at all .. But I don't see how it helps they just say here's some allergy medicine thts all they can do ... It sux .. I wish there was a good cure for it

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Omg I agree it's weirded but when I am white I'm all itchy n when I'm tan it's not as noticeable . I thought I was the only one who noticed ,. I just do not wanna tan just to relieve the itch n welts

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hi I've had this condition since I was a toddler but it wasn't diagnosed until I was 10. I went to a skin specialist and he prescribed me a combination of medication. I've been taking it everyday since then and I am now 19 years old. I dont think there's a quick fix for this and I'm just glad that there is relief albeit temporary but a relief nonetheless. I would go crazy if I was itchy all day, hot swelling skin all day everyday. If I forget to take my medication for the day, the itchiness starts to come back and the swelling gets noticibly worse. The longest iver ever gone without medication was 4 days. Although the medication reliefs the itchiness, it does not completely rid of redness and welts. I'm afraid that I'm going to have keep taking medication for the rest of my life. And it is not cheap. I spend around $160 (aud) every 3 months .

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I had the condition for about a year or so. My dermatologist diagnosed me a few months after the birth of my 1st child. I have no idea what started it. But I took Zyrtec daily which totally controlled it. If I forgot to take the Zyrtec, about 25-26 hours after the last Zyrtec, I would start itching and getting the hives again. When I became pregnant with my 2nd child months later, I didn't feel comfortable taking Zyrtec so I just dealt with the itching. Sometime during that pregnancy It became less and less bothersome until I noticed that I wasn't getting the hives anymore. It's been about 2 years now. I sure hope it never comes back.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Fascinating! I didn't know what this was, and I've definitely had it since middle school. Thank you so much for writing this article! Awesome to know what exactly to call it. I wish I knew what caused it though!

          The welting comes and goes, but around pretty frequently. Mine is sometimes associated with INTENSE itch attacks. Which, you can imagine, looks fabulous. It ends up looking like I've been whipped! The itch attacks are the absolute worst - I feel like I'm going insane when they hit.

          I've found that taking Allertec daily has reeeeeally helped reduce the itchiness and welt-iness. Highly recommend trying that out, if nothing else has worked for you.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hi All, my hubby has this Dermographism! I spoke to his mom today and asked her what the docters said when he was young, then she said its funny, but it only started when he was a young boy, he says he can remember having this since primary school (age between 7-13), he is 32 now and still has it, people who dont know about it freaks out when they see it, he is so use to it, that if people ask him to show someone he does not mind! Was always wondering about this and glad to see that its got a name!

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          brynimagire 5 years ago

          I hope you get this. Ask your dr for Fluocinonide ointment usp 0.05% it stops the itching almost immediatley. hope this helps.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: yes this happens to me all the time :S

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hello All My name is Shaye and I have Dermographism. I've been dealing with this condition since I was 15 and still am in my 30's. This condition has affected me in so many ways. Sometimes I'm scared to wear halter tops or short skirt because if I brush across anything to hard I begin to welt up, and thats when people start asking questions like "What happened? Where'd they come from? And Im soo tired of explaining. I haven't found anything to control the symptoms as of yet so I've learn to just deal with it. Has anyone had a case of dermographia just going away???

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          dawn-breck 5 years ago

          I've had the problem for ten years. My dermatologist has loads of experience with it. He has patients that 20 hrs or more. I have had great relief with methyltrexate. He's weaning me off it now and so far so good. I have a neuropathic itch also and will be seeing a neurologist for that.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Tonight I realized I have had the symptoms most of my life. My skin would be sensitive to touch even when I wore cotton clothing. If I moved a sleeve on my arm up, it would hurt or if I were wearing pants there would be a burning sensation where the waist was. When I would get out of the shower my face would be VERY red, I thought it was normal and had something to do with the hot water. My family brought that to my attention, but I had no clue what was going on. Then my hands and feet began to itch. I am 33 and my Dermographism just began in October. In June or July I went to the dermatologist about the condition I shared where the clothes would hurt my skin, to the even most gentle touch. He gave me a prescription for a cream and told me he had no idea what it was. October, I used some lotion I purchased on my lips and then my lips broke out in tiny micro bumps. My family doc gave me an antibiotic that we found out that I am allergic to because my entire face and body were itching and I was breaking out in hives that welted. Then I was given a steroid and Benadryll, which we found out I am ALSO allergic to. Considering this was about the time I began working out, my doc said I am allergic to my perspiration, so I stopped working out, the weight came back (downside), but now I feel better that I am not allergic to myself.

          I only had this issue on my chest down and recently its to my neck and face (sucks!). But at least I get to dram on my arm or leg or side or stomach or, well I can be an entire canvas, when I get board. :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: In further research I found that this is a rare autoimmune condition that is genetic. Also, when a woman is pregnant the child can leave some cells behind in the maternal bloodstream, but in any case autoimmune is when the body attacks its own cells http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Autoimm... I looked up the word auto immune just for the heck of it and what I found you can read in the link. I hope this helps you understand what happened in your case....I just want this to go away from me, even my hair on my face is VERY bothersome, I try not to itch or scratch.

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          Earthwormick 5 years ago

          Wow you have a lot of interesting info on this lens! Keep it up! I could never be motivated to write as much, so amazing work!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've got it too! First happened about 3 years ago when I used some cheap laundry detergent. So when it started happening again(only recently) I immediately attributed it to the laundry soap, since I had just opened a new bottle and the fragrance seemed stronger than it usually is (they must have changed their formula). So for now I attribute it to that. Though time will tell if it goes away when I get everything washed in the fragrance free stuff...I'll keep you posted.

          It's annoying at least and can be very frustrating. I find benedryl helps, though it makes me sleepy, so night time is my best relief.

          My diet has not really changed that I cant tell, so I'm hoping that it's just a detergent allergy for me. Seems like one of those issues that has multiple causes depending on the person. So time will tell if ther's something more to mine that just sensitive skin.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Oh, for instant relief (at least for me) I've had some luck with hemorrhoid cream(though be careful as there are dosage limits)...though sometimes just plain witch hazel is soothing. Also, cortisone cream or calamine lotion is good for when you just can't stand it anymore. Not scratching helps too!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: It seems this is caused by lots of different things for different people. For some hormonal changes seem to trigger a reaction, maybe it has something to do with the body dealing with allergens depending on hormonal levels. Who knows. Might be a good grad student research project. For me I wonder if it is hormonal too. It's not food from what I can tell.

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          Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

          I don't have any experience with dermographism. But this lens has taught me that is something like that exists :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I am 18 and at the age of 12 I was diagnosised with Dermographism. I still have it to this day. At first it was anything that scratched my skin or anytime I got hit but something.. if I was to run into the corner of a coffee table or chair I would instantly whelp up.. now it takes more pressure to whelp up.. about a year ago my younger sister at the age of 12 was also diagnosised with Dermographism. Her condition is not as bad as mne.. it takes a lot to make her whelp up.. the doctor that diagnosised me and my sister said that there is no way of curing this condition but it is likely to go away by itself. He said it is also known to stay with someone for the rest of their life. Its not all that bad all you have to worry about is trying not to scratch in public or get hit by anything. Haha :) its not hard to put up with. But it would be easy to live life with out it.

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          miaponzo 5 years ago

          I have this too.. :) OH WELL>. I just don't scratch myself :) (But sometimes I can't help it) :) Blessed!

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          bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

          I wasn't really even aware I was scratching, at first, until someone looked at my neck in horror and asked what was wrong. (Welts.) It was so sporadic, that I took pictures to the doctor. It couldn't be recreated in the office. I've been on loratadine ever since. I've tried to back off, but symptoms return and I recently had a dermatologist tell me I should plan to be on it for life. (Doesn't mean I won't try to back off, again, tho!) Oh, and my doc recently did a thyroid test and everything was normal.

          Thanks for sharing your comprehensive information on the quest for answers!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had this skin writing thing for as long as I can remember and I'm 18 now. I have lived in Canada and Australia now and I have never met anyone who has this condition. I have to say its really nice to know I'm not the only one. Honestly I've struggled with this, especially playing sports. Is there any way to control it? Does anyone know what were to happen if we had surgery? Like do our insides/vital organs have this sensitivity? If it's genetic will I pass it on to my children?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have had this since my early twenties. I may have had it a bit longer. since i was a little kid i have had problems with hives. When i was young they were the typical round welts, they would just appear for no reason. My grandma would have me soak in a cool bath with white vinegar and baking soda. I now have had skin writing for about 10 years and at times it hurts so much I don't even want to touch myself. I will soak in the cool bath, lightly pat milk on my skin, and use Aveeno products to help soothe my skin. none of this seems to work two times in a row, although one will work each time to soothe.

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          psiloveyou1 5 years ago

          My daughter has has dermographism for 8 years, and she gets the raised welts. She is also a Type 1 diabetic. Her allergist said that a higher percentage of diabetics develop it. As long as she takes allergy medicine, they are just annoying and not too bad.

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          I remember experiencing this as a child ... getting welts wherever I scratched my skin. I also experienced hives about that time. But that was several decades ago. Very informative lens. ~~Blessed~~

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have exactally what you are describing. I've had it for 10 years. It began right after I had my 3rd child. Today somebody thought I should try eliminating gluten from my diet. I looked up Gluten allergies and celiac disease....and I do have many of those symptoms, so I guess it's worth a shot to try cutting gluten out. I currently take up to 5 zyrtec (generic brand) a day. I too have entertained many by drawing 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!

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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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          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

          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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          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

          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

          @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

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

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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

          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

          @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

          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

          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 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 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 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

          http://www.lifeforce.in/app/about.asp

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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 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

          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 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

          @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 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: 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

          @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: 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: 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: 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

          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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          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

          @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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          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

          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

          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

          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

          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 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 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 4 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 4 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 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 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

          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

          @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

          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

          @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

          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

          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

          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 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

          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

          @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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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

          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

          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

          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

          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

          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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          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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          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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          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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          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

          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

          @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

          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

          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

          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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

          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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          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

          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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          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

          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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          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'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

          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 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

          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 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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          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

          @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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          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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          mayraborcea 3 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 3 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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          Jenn Ashton 3 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 3 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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          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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          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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          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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          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

          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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          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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          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).

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

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            strayspay 7 years ago

            Very informative lens! Five stars!

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            myraggededge 7 years ago

            My 11 yr old son has this! But he has no other allergies or underlying conditions and has always been very healthy. Come to think of it... I haven't noticed any marks on him lately. Maybe he's grown out of it. I'll check tomorrow. Great info - thanks.

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            FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

            @myraggededge: Really? Wow. Small world XD

            Actually, if I didn't have my hayfever, I'd never notice I was allergic to anything specific. And I've set my family off again, drawing red lines...

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            FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

            @strayspay: Thank you ^_^

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            Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

            Quality lens. Well done. Blessed.

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            myraggededge 7 years ago

            Just popped in for a visit :-) My kid's skin condition has definitely improved but he still gets it on his face. It's not a big thing and disappears after a few minutes.

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            FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

            @myraggededge: Oh good. Hopefully it will disappear entirely, then!

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            Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

            Very informative and well researched! I hope there's a way to get rid of your skin allergies completely. And thank you for introducing me to Ariana Russel's art, her work is gorgeous (though it looks like it does hurt)! *SquidAngel Blessed*

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            Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

            I learned a lot today....tweeted and *Blessed* I sure hope you never run out of your antihistamines again :)

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            KNicholls 7 years ago

            Wow, I learned a lot from this, it is so informative and I'm sure it will help people. I have sprinkled angel dust on it today.

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            Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

            Wow, well done. I am sorry you have to endure this. I wish I still had my wings.

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            norma-holt 7 years ago

            Great lens on a horrible condition, Nice presentation and very informative. To marks

            Norma

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            justholidays 7 years ago

            Being a hyper allergic person my self (I'm an asthmatic) I know how horrible allergies can be for anyone and this can drive someone crazy! However, I've never heard this form of allergy but definitely wouldn't want be you and don't know how you get to cope with it! You must be Wonder... Cat!

            Squidangel blessings to the Cat who produced this superb dermatographic urticaria related page!

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            Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

            I've never heard of this. That picture of the allergy testing - the 50+ pricks in each arm to determine what you're allergic to - brings back some memories. I used to have severe allergies, but they relented in the past few years. Nothing like this though. Dermographism is intriguing, but I can definitely sympathize that bad allergies can be a huge hinderance in doing almost anything.

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            Abseaz LM 7 years ago

            Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience. I've lensrolled this too, to my lens on the Russian boy with this condition (Ali Yakubov).

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            I have never heard of this problem. Extremely interesting lens. Thank you.

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            bigjoe2121 7 years ago

            Fascinating read. Liked and lensrolled to my cough variant asthma. They don't have too much in common except when my son has 'flares' I give him decongestant every day ... so that's my connection :)

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            Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

            Wow, this is interesting! I hadn't heard of it before. I want to watch a couple of the YouTube videos that you included, but apparently my operating system is a little touchy this morning and not allowing it. I'll come back.

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            sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

            well detailed read. lovely, informative and useful presentation.

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            sheriangell 7 years ago

            Flynn - Excellent lens! I have had dermographia and shared my story on the next page.

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            Thank you for all the information you've gathered here about dermatographia. I've had the condition for as long as I can remember-- I'm almost 30 now-- and it's reassuring to see that there are others out there who know what it's like. Mine falls into the severe category. I welt up at the slightest pressure, most noticeably on my arms and neck. The welts don't hurt at all, but they're inconvenient and made my teenage years socially akward. My parents even got called into my junior high school principal's office because teachers saw marks and welts on me and thought I was being abused! Of course, this wasn't the case-- they explained my skin condition and the principal was quite embarrassed. The nice thing was that I got out of gym class a lot.

            There isn't much info about dermographism online. I'm trying to find out if/how I can get tested for allergies, which have been especially bothersome lately. I got a blood test done for food allergies but I hear that more extensive testing involving needle pricks is more accurate and covers more allergens. Before I spend $50 on a co-pay to see a specialist, I'd like to know if I can even get the tests and if there's any alternative for people with this condition. Anyone know??

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            FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

            @anonymous: Hi Athena - I can't comment on whether you'd be allowed to get the tests, because they were all free for me (in NZ) - the doctor just sent me to get the prick testing done as a matter of course. I'd say it can't hurt, but if you KNOW you have allergies, trying a week of antihistamines (or something homeopathic, assuming you have something in mind) can't hurt, to see what happens. The standard ones are safe and generally over the counter. If they help, then it's probably worth pursuing allergy tests and deciding what to do about it, and if they don't, then it's not an allergy. Both my brother and sister were stealing my antihistammines for a while, when their allergies increased (just simple rhinitis though)

            And ha! Luckily for me, mine didn't show up until I was in university. My siblings had to stop grabbing my arms though as the welts looked so worrying!

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            @anonymous: Hi, There isn't anything that you can do to get rid of it. I've had dermatographia-writeable skin for 7 years now, I've seen doctors and specialist over this matter. The only thing that they gave me was Telfast. This is a pill that keeps it under control, it helps you not to scratch as much as you would normally. ask your doctor for this.

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            Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

            What an incredible thing! Dermographism! When I first saw the name I thought it was going to be information about people who obsessively scribble on themselves. heaps of info here - well done! Blessed by an angel today

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            anonymous 7 years ago

            This is really cool! I thought I was just abnormal. I was actually diagnosed some years ago. I refuse to live off of antihistemines unless necessary. It makes my skin supersensitive. I can't even wear all types sneakers because I get welts on the back of my heal. I don't know what I am allergic to. The reason that makes sense to me is the antibiotics. I don't have any of the other diseases that I know of. Thanks for making the page.

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            VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

            Blessed By A SquidAngel :)

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            Spook LM 7 years ago

            I never knew anything about this and was both intrigued and saddened by it. All the best.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I see that you have used my picture up there, the one with the flowers on my leg. :)

            I don't mind at all.. gives my leg more.. popularity. haha

            So, would you consider mine on the 'severe' side, I guess? I have had this since I was 12 (I'm 19 now, still got it the same).

            But reading this article has definitely helped me know more about this. This is the most informative article I've read about Dermatographism.

            I'm thinking I should probably get my Thyroid checked since you have mentioned it may have a connection and people have been bothering me about it anyway.

            I'm not allergic to anything that I know of, it's just happens when I get scratched, even lightly. (And I work at a vet, where holding a squirmy little dog with freshly cut nails turns me into a ugly mess. Doctors get worried when they look at my arms and I'm like 'Nooo... it's okay, it does that ALL the time. :D)

            I don't take any medication for it because... well.. I like having it. It doesn't itch that bad. I've ignored it for years.

            If there are any more questions you'd like to ask me, I'd be more than happy to share. =)

            ~Ashlee

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @anonymous: Hahaha I thought that was a wrist :D

            Yeah, moderate to severe, from the looks of it. It might also be a food intolerance? Seems like it could be six different things!

            Yes :D More time explaining than itching! I get that when I'm carrying books around.

            Hmmm. Questions, question *evil laugh* Well, if you do find anything out please come back and share? ^_^

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            @FlynntheCat1: Alrighty, I'll let you know~

            Ashlee

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            Nan 6 years ago from London, UK

            I had to come back and visit this page again because the condition is so intriguing. I love how some people have turned what could be a great cause of strife into their own personal works of art.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            My ten year old daughter was diagnosed with this about a month ago. After a few months of the rashing coming up I finally took her in. Her Dr. prescribed her Zyrtec to begin with but the rash kept breaking through that. Last week he prescribed her Fexophenadine - D, which I believe is generic allegra? Anyway, the rash is already breaking through again. She hates taking the meds already. What is the suggestion for this? Should I take her to an allegist or not waste the time, money and discomfort and just see if he will raise her script? I hate to do that though, it's already knocking her out. She's miserable though and this is something new. A pediatric allergy screen showed Cats, dogs, and slight intolerance to milk. We have both cats and dogs, however she rashes when she's not here, she did it at summer camp, at school, and what worries me most is she's had at least one severe allergic reaction that affected her respiratory system. This is all a brand new thing, after ten years with cats, dogs, suddenly this. I'm just wondering what the best course of action is to take next to keep her comfortable and the least drugged up I can.

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            eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

            I had never heard of this before. I've had lots of allergies and skin conditions and I thought I knew about most of them. lol!! I guess you learn something new each day. :) Thank you for sharing. Great lens.

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            Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

            Very good lens about this skin condition. I am just getting affected by mild allergies. I am lucky being 62 to escape irritants for so long. The itchy flaky head problem I have is relived very easily with over the counter shampoo.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I also am proud to "suffer" from Dermographia. I have always had skin irritation since I was about thirteen, and then after seeing a segment on 20/20 from an artist using her skin condition as art (I believe yours), I discovered that this coolness was the cause! I'm just wondering what will happen if/when I get a tattoo(s).

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @anonymous: hi Kameron ^_^ I THINK you should be able to get a tattoo with no problems, especially if antihistamines work for you, but you should probably talk to whoever would tattoo you :D

            And sadly, no, that's not me :D My skin itches far too much to do what Ariana does!

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            caketech 6 years ago

            This is the first time I have heard of this. Thanks for publishing this! Angel blessings to you.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I have never heard of this or scene such images. It is fascinating how it can inspire works of art, making lemonade out of lemons. Great lens too.

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            surgimesh lm 6 years ago

            I had this when I was a teen... It's always good to know more about something I experienced.. Thanks for the info!!

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            bruce788 6 years ago

            The information you have shared is quit helpful

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            Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

            I had never heard of this, and am embarrassed I hadn't checked this out before -- sorry, Flynn! A fascinating and annoying skin condition. Skin problems, allergies, and autoimmune glitches really do stack up together. My arthritis was always worth when my allergies acted up, as a kid, and I was often getting hives along with joint flare-ups. Now the arthritis has faded to fibromyalgia, and I'm enjoying more sinus infections and less everyday allergies. Nothing like what you're describing.

            I hope it's not eucalyptus for you. I am suspicious of the fact that it gets worse when you're in the bush. That is one tree that gives me trouble here in CA, and I know it's down there. But it's probably dust and dung and mold all that good country stuff which used to torment me back when I lived in Amish country (lovely Shire-like farmland, very moldy).

            Take care. I will also say that going to bamboo or laminate flooring and giving up on rugs helps. And for me, most of all, those allergin-proofing covers on beds and pillows. Problem: the more you allergy-proof your life, the harder it is when you go back to the one you left! I always seem to get sinus infections now after visiting parents, and their house is n't THAT dusty!

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            i have this and all i can say is that its terrible(especially when you have to go to high school). so basically EVERYDAY some one new would be asking me whats on my face. little did i know, every time i fell asleep on the desk, rubbed my eye, etc., this really red, itchy, warm rash... so nasty. my mom has this too. when i was younger i used to take antihistamines but soon forgot about them. all my friends think its soo cool but it really is not. >:(

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            modz 6 years ago

            Congratulations on LOTD!

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            GrowWear 6 years ago

            Congratulations on this great LOTD!

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            tobejim 6 years ago

            Incredible - I didn't even know this kind of problem existed! Kind of cool that some of the more creative afflicted use it to their advantage!

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            Bambi Watson 6 years ago

            Congrats! on LotD! :)

            Also just noticed you feature one of my lenses here, thanks :)

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            lilymom24 6 years ago

            I have never heard of this before. Wishing you the best and congrats on LOTD.

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            Diana Romaxx 6 years ago from Chicago

            Congratulations on your LOTD!

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            CaliforniaGrown 6 years ago

            Very interesting. I had not heard of this before, but I'm glad I checked out your lens!

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            skiracersworld 6 years ago

            Wow. There is some freaky work in amongst all that.

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            MagpieNest 6 years ago

            I do love your epics. Fascinating stuff.

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            Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

            Good informative lens about a condition that may not be as rare as we think.

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            SandyPeaks 6 years ago

            Hadn't heard of this before - makes my winter rash sound wimpy by comparison. Have had urticaria once or twice but hydrocortisone fixed that in a few days...congrats on LOTD!

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            dustytoes 6 years ago

            No, I've never even heard of this.

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            Delia 6 years ago

            Congratulations on LOTD! I'm glad I don't have this problem because as an artist I'd want to draw on me all the time...just kidding!

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I had never heard of this condition before reading about dermographism here. Fascinating, and yet I am sorry that you are afflicted with something that IS fascinating. Doesn't seem right somehow. Some people bruise more easily than others too. Wonder if there is any connection? Hope you find relief from it soon.

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            myraggededge 6 years ago

            Well deserved LotD! This lens has developed into a really good resource for people with this condition. Well done, F-t-C xx

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @anonymous: Well, I'd rather have an interesting condition than a boring one! I don't think there is - I don't bruise easily :D And one is blood vessels, the other is histamine cells.

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @delia-delia: I DO want to! Except it's quite hard - you're drawing blind, and upside down, and the welts don't always come up evenly!

            ...and then it itches and burnssssses. And you remember why you weren't allowed to do it >.>

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            Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

            After reading this I realise that my baby had this. When my husband would kiss her, she would always get a severe reaction on her skin. Thanks, the mystery is now solved as to why this would happen to her.

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            jlshernandez 6 years ago

            I must say this is one of the most interesting lens I have ever read about such a skin condition.

            Congrats on LOTD.

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            xenoc 6 years ago

            nice art! great lens ever read, unique!

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            sheriangell 6 years ago

            So happy to see this lens as LotD. As one who has had it, I would have appreciated having this information available to me then, fortunately it's in my past.

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            budakoyot 6 years ago

            Congratulations on LOTD! \(^o^)/

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            Jhangora LM 6 years ago

            Never heard about this condition before. Thanx a lot for a very informative Lens.

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            Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

            Well-deserved LOTD! I remember when I was new to Squidoo that I found this lens and it made a big impression on me. I don't remember most of the other lenses I looked at back then :-)

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I have never heard of this, so very interesting, and of course, congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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            tealmermaid 6 years ago

            Great lens idea! I'm sure this will raise awareness of how serious this can be for some people who have dermographism.

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            Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

            Thanks for the great information. Congratulations on LotD!!

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            Vicki 6 years ago from USA

            Congratulations on LOTD and for creating a very informative and thorough lens! I love to learn, and I have certainly learned some things from reading your lens. I just realized yesterday that I am allergic to band-aids! Fair skin is a pain -- literally! I also found out my cat is highly allergic to olive oil which is often recommended as a topical treatment for itchy skin on a cat, so it's not just humans who have allergies!

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            Joanmarie1214 6 years ago

            Congratulations on Lens of the Day, I too have dermographism and when I mention it to people they think I'm crazy. Antihistamins help but do not last very long. I didn't develope it until my 40s and now I'm 62. I guess some people do develope it at an "old" age. Good job and great information!

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            iamradiantrose 6 years ago

            Fascinating topic. You have provided lots of excellent information. Congrats on your LOTD.!

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            Blueoceans23 6 years ago

            Congratulations on LOTD and thanks for this very informative lens.

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            Airinka 6 years ago

            congratulations on LOTD

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            hayleylou lm 6 years ago

            I had never heard of this before. Congrats on LOTD

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            howtocurecancer 6 years ago

            Congrats on LotD. I think you did a great job, dermatographic urticaria is new to me

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            Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

            I must say I was amased by the pictures. Haven't had time to read all the Lens, so have bookmarked to read later. Very interesting and congratulations on achieving Lens of the Day.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            Useful information about an unusual subject.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            Congratulations on Lens of the Day

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            Kimberly Hiller 6 years ago from Chicago

            Wow, I have never heard of this before. Before I started reading, I looked at the intro picture and thought it was for people that had tattoos removed. I haven't met anyone I know that has this. Thanks for making this lens, I have learned a lot from it.

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            TyGatti LM 6 years ago

            Great lens! Congrats on lens of the day :D

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            puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

            Congrats on an excellent LOTD!!

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            Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

            Quite enlightening. I learned a great deal. Thanks for such an interesting and informative lens. Congrats on LOTD!

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            Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

            When I read the title I thought to myself that I had just read about this somewhere ... it was from your blog. Congrats on this being LotD. It is truly an excellently done lens. I too have a skin condition (though not this) that has no "fix" but just manage my health and diet as best as possible. Again a really great lens.

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            justholidays 6 years ago

            Yay! It finally made LOTD! Congratulations, Flynn! You've built a fantastic page!

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            Violin-Student 6 years ago

            Never heard of this! Interesting page. Thanks for writing it. And congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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            JennySui 6 years ago

            Congrats on LOTD! Excellent Lens.

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            JennySui 6 years ago

            Congrats on LOTD!

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            KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

            Thanks for explaining dermographism so well. Congratulations on LOTD!

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            Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

            Congrats on your LOTD. This is a wonderfully informative lens.

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            capriliz lm 6 years ago

            This is an amazing story you have shared. I had never heard of this before reading your lens. Thanks for writing this. And congratulations on LOTD!

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            ctavias0ffering1 6 years ago

            You have so much information here, I'll have to come back again. I have numerous allerfies and have suffered bouts of something which could be dermographia but I had never heard of it before. I definitely need to come back and read more.

            Great lens.

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            Patricia 6 years ago

            Congrats on LOTD!

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            jolielaide75 6 years ago

            this is a very informative LOTD and I thank you for this! As I'm sitting here reading this, the penny is finally dropping. Unlike most sufferers, from what I'm gathering, I don't really have the typical issues that most people with dermographism have. (I have black skin, I don't have celiac's, MS, or any of the other disorders named) For years, I've had this condition and I went to dermtologists and allergists, but all they could tell me was that I was allergic to red wine, coffee and ragweed. They could not tell me what to do to stop the itching. I finally came up with the solution of taking a benadryl everynight before bed. So far so good and as long as the benadryl stays in my system, I don't have to worry about the awful itching and hives that used to plague mainly my lower stomach and thighs. (both very embarrassing places to try to scratch in public!) I now know what I have and will definitely be trying some of the tips to cleanse my system and possibly alleviate some of the disomfort. Thanks again for writing this!

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            nebby 6 years ago from USA

            Congratulations on LOTD! I had not heard about Dermographism before and now your lens makes me want to read more about it by checking out all the links that you have included.

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            DebMartin 6 years ago

            Wow. An extremely interesting lens with tons of information.

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            norma-holt 6 years ago

            Congrats on LOTD. I have visited and rated this lens before but now it made a bigger impression. Thanks for sharing your story. Featured this on Squidoo LOTD Awards,

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            nightbear lm 6 years ago

            Very interesting, I enjoyed this education. and thank you for featuring one of my lenses. Great detailed job. Congrats on LOTD as well.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            Congratulations on getting LOTD Flynn - I know you will see the funny side when I say I am scratching as I read this.

            But on a more serious note, this is a condition I had never heard of and it is obviously providing a resource for your fellow sufferers. I hope you find some relief from the condition and YES, please do try Homeopathy.

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            Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

            Wow! Amazing lens! Your in-depth look at dermographism is so well done.

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            WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

            Congrats on LOTD! I had a severe allergic reaction years ago and it seemed to have triggered all sorts of allergies. My allergic reaction caused big red hives and later outbreaks similar to your photos. A few years later, I realized I was eating too many bananas so I stopped eating them. Guess, what? No more rashes, no more hives.

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @anonymous: Hahahah, the power of suggestion?

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            @jolielaide75: I'm not sure the disorders are typical, exactly, just linked :D Allergies are DEFINITELY typical! But that's awesome - that I helped, I mean, not that you have it - most people who read this already know what they're looking for ^_^

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            clouda9 lm 6 years ago

            Well how about that...I knew I had something, just never a name attached to it. I'm going to hop on my Posterous blog in a bit to put up a photo I have of my arm after I tried your idea at the beginning of the lens...OMG it took about 4 to 5 minutes to really flair, now my arm is itching like the dickens. Congrats on LOTD, I am sooo happy to have hopped over here to read. My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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            clouda9 lm 6 years ago

            @clouda9 lm: I just set up my photo (http://correen.posterous.com/do-you-have-dermograp... with a link back to here :)

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I would suggest you to try Ayurveda from a well certified source, there is after all; some relief in herbs and naturopathy. In addition, do some Yoga and Pranayam - breathing exercises to make your body immunity system stronger.

            Congrats on LOTD.- a very detailed lens on dermographism.

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @anonymous: Hah - I think the only problem there is that the immune system IS really strong, that's half the problem ;D It's just reacting to the wrong things!

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            sousababy 6 years ago

            Wow, so much work to detail dermographism. You are very deserving of the LOTD. I am amazed at how much you have researched. This is so good, perhaps some naturopathic companies would give your lens some exposure on their web sites? Great work, keep 'em coming. Rose

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            Shamim Rajabali 6 years ago from Texas

            Congrats. You really deserved it. Great research.

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            RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

            This is an incredible page, well deserving of LOTD :) You have done a fantastic job with the research, resources and explanations of this condition. I also admire the way you approach it. I really feel this lens deserves as much exposure as possible so that it can help more people. Lensrolling and linking. Thank you.

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            sunnymars 6 years ago

            Wow, never met anyone else with it. I had it bad when I was a kid. I used to scratch up my arms on purpose in class just to be sent home by the teacher. It worked every time lol

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            sunnymars 6 years ago

            Here's a thought... I wonder if all people with Dermographism turn out to be artists?

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            CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

            Interesting topic, it is amazing what in so much that it covers evey aspect and not just a single view or approach. Extermely informative and great resource... Thank you.

            Warm Regards,

            Clive

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            shalliebey lm 6 years ago

            I enjoyed this lens, both for the topic and the way in which it was presented. I can certainly see why it was selected as the lens of the day. I have never heard of dermogaphism but find it interesting.

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            AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

            I hadn't heard of dermographism before but it was interesting to read about. Congrats on LOTD, well deserved in my opinion.

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            kimmanleyort 6 years ago

            Well, congrats on LOTD! I have never heard of this condition before and you have presented it very thoroughly.

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            'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

            Congrats on the LOTD. Very interesting subject and a good job of presenting it in its various forms. I've learned a lot about a subject I knew nothing about.

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            Ratcha 6 years ago

            Fasinating! I had no knowlege of skin writing before. Thanks for sharing.

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            myneverboredhands 6 years ago

            I had read about dermographism before, but couldn't find much of info... You've done a tremendous job to put everything together in this one web page / lens! This lens definitely deserves to be LOTD, and if it was up to me I would give it few Purple stars as well :)

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @myneverboredhands: Hahah, thank you - it already has one from last year though!

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @clouda9 lm: Awesome, thank you!

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            dogface lm 6 years ago

            Interesting. I had never heard of dermographism.

            How did you get this nice, white theme? Is it because of the LOTD?

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            FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

            @dogface lm: It's a new theme! They just released it yesterday :D It's the "New York" Theme

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            dogface lm 6 years ago

            @FlynntheCat1: Okay, thanks. :) I like it.

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            Manjurul Islam 6 years ago from Chittagong, Bangladesh

            Interesting! I have learned a new thing.

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            anonymous 6 years ago

            I have never heard of this condition before.Quite interesting.

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            huvalbd 6 years ago

            Although I haven't seen dermographism before, I do know someone with another mystery case of urticaria--set off by drinking or being touched by water, of all things! Your lens helps me understand more about what she is going through. Thanks for that.

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            Fox Music 6 years ago

            Thank you for sharing and Congrats on Lens of the Day!!

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            mich1908 6 years ago

            Well, I learn something new today. I have never heard of Dermographism until now. Thanks for the wealth of information..Your lense is very nicely put together.

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            soaringsis 6 years ago

            Great research and making others aware. Great LOD

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            Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

            Wow...and I thought I had heard of most skin conditions. Congratulations on a very well deserved lens of the day :)

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            photofk3 6 years ago

            Since I have never heard of dermographism before, you really expanded my knowledge with this lens. Thanks for sharing.

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            Rob Hemphill 6 years ago from Ireland

            Fascinating lens. I had no idea about dermographism, thanks for explaining it so well. Many congrats on LOTD!

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            shauna1934 6 years ago

            Great lens!!

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            HealingOil 6 years ago

            Congrats on the LotD! Very interesting and great lens packed with all sorts of good stuff.

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            kendellm 6 years ago

            Excellent information. Thanks for sharing

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            Arquinn 6 years ago

            Greate lens! This is my first time to hear about demographism.

            Also, Congratulations for being chosen as LOTD! :D

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            KeenanSteel 6 years ago

            Very thorough, and very unfortunate for some. THanks for the lends :)

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            tammy1727 6 years ago

            WOW I never knew this existed, great lens very informative

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            Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

            Such a great lens. and congrats on the lens of the day.

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            Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

            You've done an amazing amount of quality research here, very impressive. Now I know more than a bit about dermographism.

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            BlakeCzirr 6 years ago

            Interesting article. Actually, you've given me some ideas for a book. But still, thanks for sharing a vast amount of data.

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            NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

            Congratulations on Lens of the Day - amazing lens with more information than I could process, but now I know what Dermographism is and what to look for if anyone I know has the symptoms of it. Thanks for your research and great work!

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            KellydeBorda 6 years ago

            Really fascinating information - my youngest son has this and I knew it was from pressure, but didn't know that it had a name and all this information about it! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved. :)

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            EpicFarms 6 years ago

            That is absolutely wild. I guess you have to be kinda careful about what you write; seeing as how you might have it with you for awhile ;o) Congratulations on LOTD!

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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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            Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

            Great lens on the subject. Looked very thorough.

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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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            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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            JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

            Wow!

            Very thorough lens!

            With Love and Gratitude,

            Jeremiah

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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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            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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            CoolFoto 6 years ago

            And blessed by a Travel neighborhood Angel. :)

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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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            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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            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 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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            scar4 6 years ago

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

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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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            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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            tuesdayblues 6 years ago

            wow that is weird but kinda cool :/

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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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            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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            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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            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

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

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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

            @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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            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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            AgingIntoDisabi 6 years ago

            Live and learn - never heard of this until now.

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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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            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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            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

            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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            sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

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            jseven lm 5 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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            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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            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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            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 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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            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

            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 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

            @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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            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

            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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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

            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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            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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            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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            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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            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

            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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            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

            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

            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

            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

            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 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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            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 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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            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

            @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

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

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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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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

            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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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

            @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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            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

            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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            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 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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            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 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 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'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 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

            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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            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

            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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            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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            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

            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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            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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            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 3 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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            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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            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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            thomas 20 months ago

            I have been suffering from (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS) disease for the past two years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. During the first year,I had faith in God that i would be healed someday.This disease started circulating all over my body and i have been taking treatment from my doctor, few weeks ago i came on search on the internet if i could get any information concerning the prevention of this disease, on my search i saw a testimony of someone who has been healed from (Hepatitis B and Cancer) by this Man Dr Lbezim and she also gave the email address: ((lbezimcurehome77@gmail.com)) of this man and advise we should contact him for any sickness that he would be of help, so i wrote to Dr. Lbezim telling him about my (HERPES Virus) he told me not to worry that i was going to be cured!! hmm i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later i started experiencing changes all over me as the Dr assured me that i have cured,after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if i have be finally healed behold it was TRUE, So friends my advise is if you have such sickness or any other at all you can email:: lbezimcurehome77@gmail.com

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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

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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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              Marika 5 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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              FlynntheCat1 5 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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              anonymous 5 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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              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 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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              anonymous 5 years ago

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

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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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              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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              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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              gottaloveit2 5 years ago

              Fascinating lens. Blessed!

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              linkreggie 5 years ago

              very informative lens.. liked!

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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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              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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              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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              anonymous 5 years ago

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

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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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              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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              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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              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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              dellgirl 4 years ago

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

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              drmork 4 years ago

              Great lens! This is interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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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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              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

              @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: YES YOU CAN. So stop it.

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              TapIn2U 4 years ago

              This looks painful. Sundae ;-)

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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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              anonymous 3 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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