Dental Procedures and Itchy Dermatographism Skin Hives

by Jerry
(Miami, FL)

I have had itching and dermographism for almost ten years now. Like one of you has mentioned, the dermatographism skin condition started soon after I had a root canal procedure and a crown installed, but dentists, allergists, and doctors have always told me there is no connection between these procedures and the itchy skin condition that I developed. For years, Claritin kept the symptoms under control, but this medication seemed to work a bit less around three years ago, so I switched to a different antihistamine - Allegra. The Allegra worked fine for a few years, but it seemed to be wearing off like the Claritin did and so I just switched back to the Claritin again and it has been alright but not great.

For about three years, I have also used Atarax as needed at night. It helps some but makes me drowsy. When the problem is bad, especially in the summer, I drive myself crazy trying to think of the cause, but it is a very hard problem to figure out. I use only Ivory Snow to launder my clothes and mostly clear detergents with no additives in the house. I also try to avoid cologne and make my wife limit the perfume she wears, but I don't really think those things make a big difference. However, a few things that clearly do aggravate the dermatographism skin problem are dust and, oddly enough, cardboard (when I handle it), but I still cannot identify a specific cause. Usually I just forget about it, but when the itchy dermatographism skin problem is bad, it is really bad.

Has anyone learned anything about the connection to dental work? If so, I would get the crown replaced.

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Apr 12, 2017
In response to poster Anon 12th April
by: Lidia

I had the tooth that caused my hives removed and like magic, the hives went away. This was after taking an antihistamine everyday for years and being told by every professional that it was not related to dental work.

However, I have recently had a screw fitted so that I can have an implant where that bottom molar used to be and sure enough, my skin is itchy again. Nowhere near the severity as previously though but it is somewhat itchy.
Good luck!

Apr 12, 2017
A Fellow Sufferer
by: Anonymous

I had a root canal and it was uneventful. A few months later, I had the tooth prepared for a permanent crown and a few days later I broke out in small, itchy spots on my torso, not a rash but individual bumps that looked like insect bites. I immediately called my dentist who said it was not related. I saw my dermatologist who thought it was insect bites but it was not. After seeing two dermatologists and one allergist and having three biopsies, and blood work, they think it is systemic autoimmune hives. None of them think it is related to the dental work.

I am 70 years old and have never had allergies or hives. I have had dental work done before but have not needed any dental work recently until the new crown. I have been miserable for the past five months, taking Allegra four times a day or other OTC antihistamines and prescriptions but nothing helps. Has anyone had this reaction with a crown and had the tooth removed and recovered? It is a molar and would not show. Thank you for sharing any advice or tips.

This is the first site where I have seen others with similar symptoms and it is so helpful.

Apr 07, 2017
Follow Up - Hives and Breakout after Dental Work
by: J. Moore

April 7th and here is where I am at. Since the last post where I had the bad root canal, I have had a back tooth pulled on the same side and upper wisdom tooth opposite side extracted.
My faced cleared up for about one week and came back with a break out. The bumps always seem to start at back of jawline near the lymph nodes and move forward. The break out is on both sides and occur in a matter of days.

The dermatologist thought it was an allergic reaction to the Novocaine and put me on Doxolin for 10 days and a topical strong face steroid for 10 days called triamcinolone acetonide. She asked me not to shave while on it so I grew a beard. Two days before completing the stuff, I could feel this sunburn feeling on my skin again and it all started over. I am beside myself.

I went to an allergist, who was a total joke. He said nothing I did not already know and did no tests on me. It was a big waste of money.

These bumps never have anything in them except a bit of clear fluid and one did sting and actually had blood come out of it.

PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS FOUND A SOLUTION I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IT. THE ONLY THING THAT TOTALLY TAKES IT AWAY IS PREDINZONE, THE 5 DAY DOSE. However, I cannot take that for life, because it is just masking the problems. I have been to doctors five times, the dermatologist once, an allergist once, and still NO answers. I have another allergist that I am scheduled with who has high ratings across the board and maybe can provide an answer!

Mar 19, 2017
Rash after Dental Procedure
by: Anonymous

I too am having severe itching and rashes on my chin, face and chest. I had a root canal that did not go so well, and I had to see an endodontist because of tooth calcification. I had taken antibiotics before but I have never been allergic to them but thought maybe that was it. I tried everything. It is horrible. My chin feels like leather. I am going to try suggestions discussed on this page. Thanks for your input.

Mar 09, 2017
Dental Rash
by: Chris

After having a molar pulled involving injections for pain, I felt my face get really warm. I thought it was from the "palette" injection that was horribly painful. Upon looking in the mirror at the dentist's office my face was red, like a bad sunburn. By that evening my face developed little red bumps (not typical pimples at all) mostly on my cheeks and under my eyes.

Up until that extraction my skin was always clear. I am an adult female with no acne. I am convinced it was the anesthetic that was used. My dentist gave me an outside shot (which I never had a problem with) and sent me downstairs to another dentist to do the extraction. He gave me the palette (roof of the mouth) injection. After reading the posts, I have to think most of these people got a local shot for pain.

It is now three weeks later and my skin is no better. The skin doctor is not sure either, but gave me topical steroid cream, which does not seem to help. I am really depressed as I have never had a skin problem until now, and makeup is not helping.

Feb 18, 2017
Jawline and Cheek Hives and Acne after Root Canal
by: J. Moore

I am starting to feel better after reading these posts. This past summer I had a bottom molar (#19) filled for the second time. It had a silver filling that came out and the dentist put a white filling back in its place. This procedure started the whole itching thing, but no hives.

I went back to dentist with continual pain a month later and he told me a root canal was necessary. So, after the root canal and crown, I was still itching from head to toe. I still had pain and an x-ray revealed that the dentist missed a nerve. I then go to another dentist who has to give me extra numbing agents because after one dose I can still feel the tooth. He drills through the crown, does the retreatment, and then sends me home. This is when I continue to itch, but now I am starting to show skin hives or what appears to be like watery pimples that hurt and itch like crazy, only after going back to primary dentist to have a permanent white filling put in the crown.

Now my face is worse than ever and no answers. Doctors and dentists say no the skin condition is no way related to the dental procedures. However, I know for a fact it is and steroids and a round of antibiotics calmed it down but the second that they were done it is back. This is jawline acne or hives or whatever you want to call it and it is now on my cheeks and was bad enough that doctors thought maybe it was shingles, but it crossed the dermal line so they said no. I never had acne as a kid and now at 48-years-old I am dealing with dentists and doctors that do not even know the products they are putting into people. My fault for not researching.

I forgot to mention my wife had a root canal around same time and although no hives have started, a chin problem with the same type of clear fluid began and she had a retreatment procedure by another dentist and is dealing with pain and pressure under the tooth.

I will repost after an oral surgeon visit in three days in which we will discuss about removing the tooth.

Feb 04, 2017
Wood as the Cause
by: Melissa

Anyone ever consider the wood/pulp implant in the root canal? This may be the key for the guy who says he is also bothered by cardboard and wood being the common denominator .

Jan 14, 2017
Itching and Hives Stopped After Tooth Removed
by: Lidia

I have posted earlier about hives after a root canal. I have since had that tooth removed and the hives are gone. I can't believe I suffered for so many years and every dentist I visited told me it's near impossible that my symptoms were related to my tooth. How wrong were they?

Jan 13, 2017
Root Canal and HIves
by: Michael

I have been looking for others who have this problem. I have no allergies. On Dec 12th 2016, I had a root canal right hand side upper 3rd tooth from the back. I don't think my dentist knew what he was doing? He had very small files cleaning out the canals? This was very painful and he gave me extra shots to calm the nerves down. The last canal he filed in, had me jump right off the chair. This lasted 2 1/2 hours. Three days later I had full blown hives and I am still fighting them four weeks later. They keep getting worse. I have had four steroid shots, 1 per week, 4 scripts of Prednisone, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. It keeps coming back and all the steroids and other medications are starting not to work. I am going to have the tooth taken out. My dentist claims the tooth is not the problem. We will see what happens after the tooth is out.

Oct 11, 2016
Extreme Itching Possibly from Root Canal
by: Angie

I had a retreatment of a root canal and two days later, I started to itch from head to toe! The dentist thought it was the antibiotic, so we stopped it, started another, but still itching. Two weeks later, I'm itching terribly all over my body and I have never had allergies to antibiotics. My dentist prescribed Prednisone pack. During the pack treatment, my symptoms got much worse, so I stopped taking it because it made my heart race, I couldn't sleep and I was itching more.

Three weeks later I'm still itching. I went to the emergency room because I could not stand it anymore and they thought it was scabies. Seriously? I tried the treatment, what did I have to loose, did it three times, washed everything in the house. However, nothing had changed. I'm itching terribly and its hell! What to do? My skin will be gone from scratching it so much and it's so painful! It has to be from the dental procedure, my face, arms, abdomen, legs, hands, and everything itches! Someone help!

Jun 28, 2016
Itch and Hives After Root Canal Extraction
by: Victoria

I'm so glad I found this site. Wow - so many people out there with this issue. Mine started after I had an extremely infected root canal tooth extracted. There was no saving it and I have not replaced it with an implant. The infection was really bad so I was on antibiotics after the extraction for two weeks and then I broke out in hives on my chest and neck. I thought it might have been an allergy to a necklace I wore but it was really bad and hot and stinging and the skin was almost like welts. I went to the dermatologist and he gave me some cream and told me to go on antihistamines. The rash/hives subsided but they are back again and on my arms too. I am starting to believe that whatever that nasty infection was made its way into my body - I just don't know. I am going to see if a naturopath can recommend something - maybe even a Byron White Formula for bacteria. I'll check back on this site.

The tooth was extracted in December of 2015 and it's June of 2016 so it's time to get this taken care of.

Jun 27, 2016
by: Russell Gibson

I just cannot completely get rid of the hives even though a few times I thought they were gone. Nothing and not one doctor can help me. I do get some relief with Prednisone but cannot live on that Benadryl which I am taking like candy.

I had the hives on two seperate occasions after dental work. The dentist just will not admit that what they do can be at fault. It can be bacteria or the chemicals used in the plastic fillings. What it is, I do not know BUT FOR SURE IT WAS THE DENTAL WORK. Do not let them tell you any different. Within three days after they do what they did I got hives all over and I am one pissed of fellow and it cost me over five thousand dollars.

Maybe if every dentist experienced hives for eight months they would agree that what they use can cause hives. My dentist is a very nice person but that does not make the hives go away. My heart breaks when I see all the folks going through this because of a dental visit. If you never had hives you just would not understand the

I did get rid of them the first time eight years back but not this time and that took me two years.

Jun 14, 2016
Itchy Rash Around Mouth
by: Angie

I had two root canals and the next day I had a red itchy rash around my mouth that seeps. I tried antibiotics and creams but it didn't help for long because it came back. I believe it is the chemicals they use when inserting a crown. Never ever did I have any issues before my dental work. My family can see how bad it is and it looks like my skin got burned. The itching is so awful and uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing. I have tried everything. Now I have to live with this.

May 29, 2016
Itchy and Scratchy
by: Lidia

A few years ago I had a partial root canal done. Within two months my skin had become extremely itchy and I was diagnosed with hives. If I scratched my skin it would welt up. It would get so itchy that I would have to use a hair brush to scratch it. The only way to stop it was to take an antihistamine everyday.

Last year the filling broke away from my tooth and I noticed that the itching stopped. I went back to the dentist and replaced the filling and sure enough, the itching has returned.

It is most definately related to the dental work. I am due to see the dentist next week to discuss other options.

May 14, 2016
Rash after Dental Work
by: Doug

I had a rash for about 1 year and 4 months. I tried a lot of thing to get rid of it, including not drinking soda, using different laundry soap, etc. I went to a dermatologist and he said perivascular dermatitis but did not know what the cause was. With the use of some prescription drugs and creams, I was able to keep the rash at bay.

I lost a filling from my tooth and went to my dentist and got it filled again. We were discussing how long it had been from my last visit. It was 1 year and 4 months. I did not think much of it but after 3 days I have the rash on my torso, legs, and neck again and spreading. I am going this week to see if she will try some other type of filling. I have the white composite now, may go back to silver.

Jan 04, 2016
Hives from White Composite Dental Fillings
by: Russell Gibson

My opinion is that the white plastic and whatever the dentist uses with it can definitely cause hives on some people. For a dentist to say no it cannot happen is wrong. Once someone gets this poison into their system, it is almost impossible if one is allergic to it to find relief.

In all honesty, our government should be doing some type of testing of dental fillings used by dentists. Until a politician gets hives from a dental visit, this will not happen. Shameful. Hives destroy a person's life. Only those that have hives understand the grief. Myself when I had the silver fillings, I had no problems. But I did make the mistake by getting the white composite fillings two years apart and I got hives both times within 3 or 4 days. I will never use this again or get a root canal just to play it safe.

Sep 05, 2015
by: Amanda K

Hello to all. I'm currently being treated by asthma/allergy doctor, my primary doctor and a dermatologist for my hives. I started getting them after a barium swallow in January of 2015. The dermatologist has me on three medications which still don't control the hives but he informed me that because I have two teeth that need root canals, it could be a reason why the hives will not go away and I should get them done. They suggested if we can't figure out what a cause is shortly then I should go to a lamb and rice diet only for a week and add one item of food back every 2-3 days. Good luck to all of us on being free of hives.

Aug 15, 2015
It's Happening to Me Too
by: Matt

I went to the dentist yesterday morning and had three fillings put in. I noticed last night that there was a small red itchy spot on my arm and I thought maybe I had touched poison ivy or something. I woke up today and there are large red very itchy spots covering my arms. I've never seen anything like it and I can't imagine what it could be other then the filling in my mouth. I know I was told by the dentist that I have "silver" fillings in my mouth. But when you look at them in the mirror they are more of a hazy gray color and don't look like pure silver. I don't know what kind of reaction I'm having but I do know that I will be going back to the dentist and demanding that he removes the feeling and replaces it with something else.

May 15, 2015

I have had hives on two occasions and I do think they were from the white plastic dental filling that they used on my teeth and whatever else they used with it.

The first time around eight years ago, the white plastic (I think it is a plastic) was put in and around three days later hives appeared all over my body and my face swelled up. I ended up in hospital. I put up with the hives for many months and THEN FINALLY I had the filling removed and around three days later my body started to feel very different. I Sstill had the hives but very very minimal. Then after a few months and a steroid shot they went away.

Well this time it was different. I was STUPID enough to try this filling material again and around three days later had hives all over my body. I then had the fillings removed pretty much right away. Most dentist refuse to think this can happen. Anyway, this time, the hives lingered for 15 weeks after the fillings were removed. I have no answers but SIX DAYS ago I woke up with hives all over my body like they have been for the past 15 weeks coming and going.

This is going to sound crazy but a friend of mine said to rinse my mouth with milk. Another pal of mine said to drink lemon juice I did both things twice. I said to myself this could not help but when you have hives you will try anything. Then around two hours later I went onto the internet researching the milk thing and came upon something about RINSING COCoNUT OIL in your mouth for 15 minutes. I did this around four times plus at the same time I took my last two Steroid pills
(Methylprednisolone) and Zantac (150mg) and one Zyrtec (10mg). Well around 4 or 5 hours later my hives were gone. Why? How? I have no idea. Was it the coconut oil, the pills, the one rinse of milk or lemon juice? I do not know.

I have been hives free going on SIX DAYS I am 99.9% sure that this white plastic and the garbage they use with it caused my grief two times in a row.

I hope my story is able to help someone else.

Jan 01, 2015
Itching After Root Canal Procedure
by: Larry

I started itching after a root canal. I noticed sensitivity in the tooth. I had the dentist check high points and file them down. It helped a lot. I was itching at different spots almost everyday. Lately, I had the dentist file a spot further. It has helped but I may have to do more. My dentist told me if it does not stop he can drill into the crown. I hope the latest fix works. I have worried that some chemical may be in my tooth.

Sep 02, 2014
So Glad I'm Not Alone
by: Christine

First, I'm sorry to hear of your pain, but thank you for sharing. I suffer from Fibromyalgia and because of that, I grind my teeth. In the past four months, I have had to have five root canals and three crowns. All the work is still on going. About five weeks ago, on just my chin, it swelled and turned red when it was rubbed. Then it would subside. It was only my chin. I saw a Dermatologist and he said it could be a form of Dermatographism but it was odd to only be on one part of the body. I told him about all the dental work but he said it wasn't related. I have been on Allegra for three weeks but haven't noticed a difference.

I find it very difficult to believe the two are not related. I have had over 60 shots of Novacaine so far and more to come. This has to be a stress reaction to all that. I'm 50 years old and this is the first time I've had anything like this.

I hope others find solace in reading these posts that, they too, are not alone.

May 10, 2014
Itchy Skin After Dental Work
by: AnonymousAmy

I too have undergone extensive dental work recently - an extraction, root canal, fillings and crowns, and have been suffering from extremely itchy skin. It itches everywhere from my face, neck, chest, torso, legs, and even my scalp. There is no real rash however. At first I thought it was a reaction to the antibiotics I took but the itch didn't start for weeks after I finished the antibiotics but started after the dental work.

Jan 11, 2014
Itching for an Answer
by: Anonymous

Three years ago I began to have root canal therapy on one tooth. Shortly after I developed an itch that became itchier when scratched. At times it would be so severe that I would use a hairbrush. Doctors, dermatologists and even an endocronologist had no answer.

For two years I took an antihistamine each day. Then one day when I was 35 weeks pregnant, more than half of the filling in that tooth cracked and fell out. A few days later I noticed I was no longer itchy! Just like that!

As I had a baby I avoided going back to the dentist to get it fixed. Until last week. The dentist repaired the filling and the next day, the itch was back. The dentist assures me that it's not the filling.

Aug 29, 2013
Dental Procedures and Itchy Skin
by: Rob

I had a pulpectomy procedure on my tooth. During this procedure I started getting itchy skin especially after getting out of the shower. The pulpectomy failed as I got an infection in the tooth and subsequently had to get a root canal. I am taking Loratadine antihistamine and this stops the itching but as soon as I cease taking them it returns after a few days. I have seen a skin specialist but no answers. All I know is that it started literally over night after the tooth was first drilled out and had a temporary packer put in. I had not had any previous itchy skin related problems. I am looking for answers!

Aug 24, 2013
Twelve Year Itch
by: Anonymous

I have had the same issues in life for years, and finally figured it out to be allergy to "Eugenol" numbing medicine used by dentists. Basically it is "Clove Oil".

Mar 30, 2013
My Sister's Skin Condition After Root Canal
by: Anonymous

It looks like my sister is going through the same thing you have been. My sister had a root canal in July and in August she got a weird rash on her abdomen and from there it eventually migrated to other areas of her body (neck and face) and it is super itchy and downright terrible. She has been to several physicians and done all kinds of tests and no one knows what the problem is. I wish there was a good doctor out there that can help.

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