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Medicine For Symptomatic Dermatographism
Dermographism means “skin writing”. It can occur when pressure is applied to skin leaving red/ raised areas.
Symptomatic dermographism occurs when mechanical irritation causes itching, redness & linear hives. REF: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/ ...Read more
Urticaria: I don't know the answer to this. Lavender, peppermint, tea tree, Myrrh, German Chamomile, & Helichrysum essential oils are reported to have a positive impact on urticaria but I don't know of any studies that support this. ...Read more
Does taking antihistamine (levocetrizen) as medication for symptomatic dermatographism has any effect on breastfed child?
Won't happen: If anyone offers you a "cure", put your hand over your wallet. Antihistamines can be worse than the dermatographism itself. Omalizumab can control urticaria but won't cure this. Here's the truth -- most infections, surgical diseases, chemo-sensitive cancers, and a few counselling / situational problems can be "cured". Everything else in medicine is about managing stuff. Best wishes. ...Read more
No: It is a normal response in 5% of patients. Antihistamines are the treatment. Sometimes women can have thyroid disease associated with it. ...Read more
Dermatographism: The treatment involves finding the right dosage and type of antihistamine in order to suppress the itching and the hives that develop. For many people, prescribed antihistamines will help control the problem. However, antihistamines are not a cure for this skin problem. In fact, currently there is no known cure or remedy. Suffers may need to stay on antihistamines for many years to avoid symptoms. ...Read more
Dermatographism: In some forms of dermatographism, symptoms appear within a few minutes of stroking the skin with an object, and the rash goes away without treatment within an hour. Other forms of dermatographism, like delayed pressure urticaria, are accompanied by a burning sensation and pain that can last for hours after the pressure was applied. ...Read more
Antihistamines &time: This is a frustrating problem.. But usually not serious. Daily use of antihistamines is necessary....Sometimes in higher than "usual" dosages...An allergist can help you with this. ..And also help you be sure there is no cause....Other than bad luck. ...Read more
The general treatment for dermatographia is avoidance of triggers as well as regular antihistamines.
See if you can figure out what is triggering the hives and then avoid that trigger. Even if you cannot figure out the trigger, hives usually disappear.
Claritin is a generic nonsedating antihistamine, try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. ...Read more
Dermatographism: Avoid very hot baths, which seem to sensitize the skin. Common antihistamines - avoid those that make you drowsy- can help. Some sufferers sought acupuncture therapy successfully. Anecdotally, small amounts of alcohol ingestion on a daily basis have helped some sufferers. ...Read more
Depends: The choice of an antihistamine depends on individual responses. Usually we try to avoid the older antihistamines which make a lot of people groggy. I usually recommend Zyrtec or Xyzal (levocetirizine) which has much less drowsiness effect than the older ones. The next choice would be Allegra. Experiment with them and see which works the best for you. ...Read more
No different: I am not aware of any difference in prevalence between allergic and non-allergic people in having dermatographism although theoretically one would expect allergic people to be at a higher risk. ...Read more
Hi, I want to ask you about white dermatographism. I've been sick since 7 months ago. Is it possible cause by HIV? Because I was do free sex 5 mnth ago
A physical urticaria: Twitchy mast cells in skin which secrete histamine when the skin is stroked. This results in raised hives where there is pressure or scratching. Dermo [skin] graphism [writing] because you can stroke the skin in any pattern and produce dramatic raised reactions in the exact same pattern. I like to demonstrate this for patients by writing the person's name on their arm with a tongue blade. ...Read more
Another antihstamine: Xyzal (levocetirizine) is a stronger relative of cetirizine (Zyrtec), which is very cheap. For many patients, they may be equivalent. Sometimes one may have to resort to the older sedating antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, or prescription such as hydroxyzine (Atarax). Also, you should use lukewarm water, tap yourself dry and use a lotion such as Vanicream or CeraVe. ...Read more
Antihistamines.: Several potential causes. See your dermatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
I believe I have developed dermatographism, I have been taking fexofenadine for around six months now, what causes this and how can I get rid of it?
Dermatographism: This physical urticaria syndrome is common and can be prolonged. For some facts and tips on this, go to my blog at http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/05/dermographism-i-scratch-therefore-i-hive/. ...Read more
Does dermatographism make you itch constantly? I have it & it was controlled by Zyrtec (cetirizine) daily but that's not even helping. Or can it be something else?
Usually not: Dermatographism refers to an oversensitive skin which welts up when scratched and itching is not usually present. However dry skin is a common cause for itching and may be associated with dermatographism. Try applying a moisture all over your body <3 minutes after bathing (avoid scented soap) regularly and see if this helps. If not, see allergist. ...Read more
Is it possible that my dermatographism may have been trigger by an allergic reaction to amaryl (glimepiride)?
Difference between dermatographism and scabies? Saw a dermatologist ages ago said I have dermatographism. It's flaring up I'm worried its scabies
Dermatographism vs: Scabies. Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, feet, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks ; genitalia. Dermatographic urticaria (aka dermatographism, skin writing) is when scratching or rubbing. ...Read more
I am suffering from dermatographism since last 1.5 yrs and taking allegra (fexofenadine) 180mg daily once a day. Can I take noni juice for it cure?
Ain't none: You can take anything you want, but nothing, other than in some people time, 'cures' dermatographism. Antihistamines can suppress the symptoms, but some people just seem to have touchy mast cells and even mild skin trama can result in them releasing histamine causing the localized itching and swelling. ...Read more
Dermatographism or scabies? I think I have both but when I itch turns into derm with tiny bumps very itchy
You could have both: See a dermatologist. Either or both can be treated. Perlane (dermal fillers) is a waste of money. ...Read more
I am obese person and had malar rash and dermatographism 8 months ago, no any other problems, ANA negative, blood, thyroid investigation normal?
+ana, postive 320 and anti ribosomal p antibodies. All other labwork is normal. Symptoms are photosenstivity, livedo reticularis, mouth sores.....?
See allergist and dermatologist: Your symptoms and clinical picture suggests to different diagnosis as -either simple allergic condition, or connective tissue disease, lupus erythrommatosus. You should be further investigated as blood test and may be skin biopsy may give clue to diagnosis. Avoid sun exposure, taking anti allergic medication and steroids may help. Consult the dermatologist ...Read more
Since last month I have felt itchiness the whole body. I tried anti-histamine drugs but it can't cure, just symptomatic. It does not have apparently no rush, redness at the time of itching. Plz give me an advice.
PRURITUS: PRURITUS can be difficult to evaluate. You must rule out allergens in home and work environment as week as food triggers. Remember " ALLERGIES DEVELOP OVER TIME AND EXPOSURE" you must keep a diary to assist you, while you are documenting potential triggers, you should be on a H1 blocker Zyrtec 10mg/ H2 blocker Zantac 300mg/ leukotrine inhibitor Singulair (montelukast) 10mg. After labs and allergy testing ...Read more