by Corrina (Easton, Maryland USA)
I've had this burning skin itch problem since I was a little girl. I didn't know I had a skin problem and I just thought that since I was so fair skinned the red marks went along with it. About a year ago, I started to have severe itching on the soles of my feet, palms of my hand and between my fingers, and on my forearms. This is a burning skin itch that gets worse by scratching. I would scratch so much that I would start bleeding. I went to my doctor and they sent me to an allergist, who told me what I had. Now I have to take medication just so I won't scratch my skin off my body.
I also have dematographism and I suffered from it for almost seven years before I was diagnosed. The doctor started me out on Clarinex and Zyrtec each day but I went down to one a day. I took Clarinex which worked well, but when I lost my insurance I switched to Zyrtec since it is now over the counter. These have helped me tremendously with the itching. I still have red marks and occasionally I'll have itching again, but I just take another Zyrtec in those cases. I hope this helps. I'm not sure what you're taking now, but the prescription strength antihistamines work much better than the others.
What is the medication they gave you for the burning skin itch. This is the only thing I need to be gone. It is about to dry me crazy this everyday itching. I am already taking antihistamines. Any help would be appreciated.
I am so thankful to find this informative website. I am a 46 year old woman of good general health. I never had an allergic reaction to anything and never had any other serious health issues.
I live in the cold Midwest, US. About five months ago I noticed intense burning skin itch and burning when I scratched. I thought it was just the seasonal weather change at first until I noticed the welts left behind after scratching. I have been trying to self diagnose this ever since.
After reading these posts I see it comes on suddenly for many people with no real explanation or single treatment. I am taking a daily OTC allergy pill (Loratadine 10mg) and I take one Benadryl 25mg at night. It seems to help but I still have several flare ups daily. The one symptom that I seem to have that no one has mentioned is a strange feeling on my tongue - it feels like it is burned. Anyone else experience this feeling?
Thanks again to everyone who posts. It is nice to share these stories.
by NICK (England)
I have had dermographism as long as I can remember. When I was young if I was bored at school I would write secret messages on my arm for my friends. I never really worried about it and thought of it as just a silly quirk of being me. I am now in my 40s and the condition has become much worse so this is why I have googled the condition. Now a slight bump, scratch or a kiss from my partner when he has slight stubble can result in hours of a burning skin itch, scratching, as well as unsightly wheels. The itching is now more intense. If I have a hefty bump the swelling is huge but itches less and goes numb. I recently fell at work and bumped my side and head. My boss was at the point of calling an ambulance as the injuries looked so severe.
by Kerry (Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa)
About six weeks ago I started itching and scratching. Within two days I decided to get some cream to help the burning skin itch. It still did not help and so I went to see a doctor. I was put on cortisone and antihistamines and sedatives - still nothing worked. Within three days I went to another doctor and he did the same and referred me to an internal specialist and a dermatologist.
I have been on treatment for four weeks now and I have been in the hospital and it is getting worse. I get itching everywhere and when I scratch it flares up with severe welts developing where ever I scratched. I cannot help the scratching because my skin burns with itchiness - people think you are mad. Even my handbag causes my skin to react. It is extremely embarrassing and everyone just tells me it will go away as quickly as it came. I have never been allergic to anything, all my blood test have been normal, and now even the antihistamines aren't working and I am currently taking three different ones!
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