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Our Adventures with Dermographia or Dermographism

By Edited Apr 15, 2014 2 5

Dermographia on arm
Dermographia or Dermographism is a skin problem where you scratch and the place where you have scratched comes up in a red lump. I first noticed it in my daughter when she was getting ready to have a shower and used the back scratcher on her back. Every place she had scratched there was a line, a visible bump and a quarter of an inch each side of every line it was red. By the time she had scratched all of her back, it was a mess. I scratched my own arm and nothing happened, no redness, no bump. I realized she had a problem that I didn't have.

She seemed to scratch more in the mornings than the rest of the day. As the day went on she scratched less. But I was very annoyed by her constant scratching. The more I said, "Don't scratch" the less it helped. But the more she scratched, the more the red marks came up. They didn't last for long, maybe 10 or 15 minutes, but she frequently scratched her face so I often saw different combinations of markings on her face that didn't look good.

Before the day when I saw her back was a mess with the backscratcher scratching, I took her to see the doctor, I told the doctor that she was constantly scratching, but the doctor didn't seem to want to find a cause. In reality itchy skin is caused by so many different things, that it's hard for a doctor to quickly diagnose exactly the cause. She offered us an allergy test, but I declin

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ed. The doctor's theory was that she had grown into a habit of scratching and her skin wasn't really itchy at all. She suggested using the distraction technique.

So I searched the wonderful Internet. I searched for "red lines when scratching" and I quickly found the word

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s dermographia and dermographism. When I read the descriptions they described exactly my daughter's problem. When you have dermographia and scratch lines appear, you can draw pictures on your skin. It is in the urticaria family and is sometimes called Dermatographic Urticaria. In my daughter's case the welt caused when scratched lasted 10-15 minutes, but in other people it can last longer, even days. It is an allergic reaction to something, but most people never discover what. It is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another. Changing soap or soap powder may help relieve symptoms.

In my daughter's case she noticed she was more itchy after using shampoo. She was at the time using a well known brand of kids' shampoo, when she used my regular shampoo she was less itchy. She stopped using the kids' shampoo and everything improved. She still has dermographia, but she doesn't scratch much any more.

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Jun 10, 2010 4:30pm
ravisgoyal
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 let’s 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 pain killer 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 at gmail
Jan 13, 2012 3:58am
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@ravisgoyal

I'm sorry but your take on Dermatographic urticaria, is by far correct... The cause of inflammation, which is due to the release of histamines from skin cells via a weak cell membrane, is not due to consumption of food, drinks, or any "sugar, wheat, bread, alcohol, pickle, honey, fruits." That would be a food borne allergy, unlike that of Dermographia... The symptoms are triggered in many different ways, but to sum them all up: skin abrasions. When the skin is scratched, rubbed, slapped, cut, etc it causes the membranes to break down which trigger histamines, leading to "hive" like welts which may sting or in most cases itch, including my own. Basically what I'm saying is that if you have experienced change in allergic reactions, by change of diet... you did not have dermographia. But rather a food borne allergy. Speaking from experience with dermographia, my skin reactivity doesn't change depending on what I have eaten the past hour, day, week, or month...
Dec 27, 2012 2:24pm
TinasTreasures
My daughter definitely has dermographia, when she scratches he skin comes up in red bumps just like the photographs in the article. But she doesn't always scratch. Sometimes she scratches all day long, but other times she goes for months without scratching. I think when she scratches the reason for the scratches is in the food she eats, I just can't find out what.
Jan 24, 2012 5:29pm
DanaM
hmmmm.. I am wondering if this is what I am experiencing. Abut a month ago, my skin broke out in a whole body rash. Red dots everywhere. 1st it was very itchy but went away completley by the next morning. ONly to reappear everywhere 3 days later. Since then, I have been experiencing very itchy legs, which when scratched break into hives (so hard not to sratch). wahhh! Anyway, now if i scratch my back, I get those welt like marks that are being described here. 2 doctors are telling me this is an allergic reaction to something... but what?! NO one has used the term dermographia. IDK. I have also recentley been experiencing shortness of breath... like sort of feeling like I cant take a complete breath and some wheezing. ANybody have this with dermographia?
Dec 27, 2012 2:26pm
TinasTreasures
I actually got a fungal infection and that is very itchy. I've been treating it with Lamisil and it has improved.
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