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A member asked about a 4-year-old female:

my 5 year old got out of the shower and i noticed his arms and part of his chest look like he drew on them with pen.. what does that mean?

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Dr. John Michel
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Skin writing: Thsi is called dermatographia. The characteristic of the skin to have lines that look like writing or having taken your nails and ran up and down on the skin is not unusual. It usually is a very benign condition.It usually more prominent with hot showers or hot water. Ask you family doctor at the next visit of the child to the doctor

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Last updated Oct 16, 2014

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