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What to do if I have what is called dermographism but my case seems to differ from what What to do if I have read about.?

Dermatographism: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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Treatment for dermographism?

Treatment for  dermographism?

Write on skin: Dermatograhism is a fairly common annoying problem where miniimal trauma to the skin causes a localized hive eruption (literally write on the skin). It is caused by localized release of histamine from skin mast cells. Histamine then causing the localized "triple response of lewis", itching, redness, and swelling. It occurs and disappears rapidly. Antihistamines can lessen symptoms. ...Read more

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Is dermographism an immune disorder?

Is dermographism an immune disorder?

No: It is a sign of too much histamine in your system which can be from over production or over release. It is not dangerous but can be treated with daily antihistamines if bothersome. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dermographism and hives?

What is the difference between dermographism and hives?

Both signs of allerg: Dermatographism is the welting up of skin when it is stroked with a dull object such as a fingernail. The welt will be exactly the same pattern as what is "drawn" on the skin. Hives are spontaneous welts, usually circular that occur when someone is exposed (usually by eating) something they are allergic to. They are both seen in allergic people. ...Read more

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Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Is dermographism an isolated condition or a sign of many potential autoimmune disorders?

Not autoimmune: Dermographism is a common type of physical urticaria (hives) and unrelated to food and environmental allergies. It is not related to autoimmune disorders. For a brief review, go to my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/. ...Read more

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Can dermographism happen because of the chronic hives that I have? My skin seems to mark with everything that touches it.

Can dermographism happen because of the chronic hives that I have? My skin seems to mark with everything that touches it.

Yes: This is very common with chronic urticaria. Nobody really understands it. The search for the cause of chronic urticaria is occasionally rewarding, most often unsuccessful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is dermographism caused by an allergy reaction? For example, I just randomly scratched & lines started to appear, is it an allergy reaction?

Is dermographism caused by an allergy reaction? For example, I just randomly scratched & lines started to appear, is it an allergy reaction?

Touch Urticaria: Touch urticaria is thought to run in families, and it is caused by a release of histamine, so in a sense is an "allergic " phenomenon. Antihistamines are the mainstay of treatment and may be used as needed. ...Read more

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I found out I have "dermographism" & I am wondering is it a condition? Is it caused by an allergy reaction? Will a cold flannel ease it down?

I found out I have "dermographism" & I am wondering is it a condition? Is it caused by an allergy reaction? Will a cold flannel ease it down?

Cold flannel mayhelp: Dermographism is a form of urticaria/hive caused by friction,exposure to extreme temperature and may have weak immune system .It usually disappears on its own in 1-2 days.Cold flannel may ease it down .Try to avoid the contact of skin to object which can cause friction or tightness.It is symptomatic condition ,does not last long. Hope you get relief soon ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting a tattoo with dermographism?

What are the risks of getting a tattoo with dermographism?

Tattoos: Tattoos can cause skin problems such as granulomas (red bumps caused by inflammation) and keloid scars, and they can provoke allergic reactions, making skin itch and break out. These allergic reactions can occur with no warning, years after you get your tattoo. Getting a tattoo also puts you in danger of getting diseases such as aids, tetanus, hepatitis b and hepatitis c. ...Read more