Tingling Sensation Under Skin

by Gouri Richards
(San Jose CA )

Does the patient also experience altered sensations like melting, tightening, crawling, twisting, etc., underneath the skin? My mother has been diagnosed with dermographism but according to my readings on the Internet patients of dermographism do not complain about altered sensations at all. Yet the skin specialist my Mom visited believes that she has Dermographism. Please tell me if along with red marks a patient of Dermographism can also expereince such sensations.

I have not encountered the described symptoms either on the Internet or in any of the stories submitted by dermographism suffers that have posted on this website. Personally, I did experience tingling and stinging of the skin when the hives would appear and even when my body started to heat up for whatever reason, such as exercising. It could very well be that these symptoms are linked to the skin senstivity that results with dermographism but it is difficult to say that for sure.

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Itching Pimples and No Raised Skin

by Inês
(Lisboa, Portugal)

I've been diagnosed with dermographism about a year and a half ago, but I don't have the same symptoms described in here. I never had the raised skin. What I have constantly (not on those timeframes of 15 to 30 minutes) is this itch that causes itching pimples. I often wake up at night scratching myself. I'm now doing a treatment with ciclosporina germed.

Do you think that this is dermographism?


Although dermatographism for many people results in raised skin when pressure is applied to the skin this is not always the case. Sometimes no welts appear. Instead the skin gets red in the affected area and pimples form. The area does become very itchy. If you have been diagnosed by a doctor then I would stick with his diagnosis unless you have an idea of what else could be causing this. For some people, even very gentle pressure will lead to itch in the affected area.

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Is this a Symptom of Dermagraphism

by Robinson
(Connecticut)

I have been diagnosed as having dermagraphism. I was on anti-histamines and slowly came off of them as symptoms improved. However, yesterday after showering and then laying down in bed I felt a sharp bite like feeling on my thigh then raised itchy welt. The part of the thigh was not touching the mattress only the pajama's with a sheet on top. I periodically will get these extremly sharp bite like feelings then itching and welts or redness. While driving, on my legs, arms, etc... is this sharp bite like feeling a symptom of dermagrahism? I am going to begin my antihistamines.

It is hard to say for sure, but I also have dermographism and have experienced isolated hives or raised welts that also feel like sharp bites or pin pricks.


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Raised Skin Patches without Scratching

by Ruth
(Michigan, USA)

Sometimes while I'm showering I notice raised patches associated with dermatographism on my legs or my stomach. Perhaps I've scratched my skin without realizing or maybe from the washcloth, but I am wondering if the raised skin patches can happen even without scratching.
Thanks!


It may be that you did not notice yourself scratching or it can be that very little friction or pressure causes the raised skin patches to appear. For many dermatographism suffers, even very slight pressure causes a reaction. It could very likely be the pressure or friction of the washcloth that causes it. Also, heat seems to make the skin even more sensitive and so it is not that unusual to get out of the shower with raised skin patches when you have dermatographism.

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Raised Skin Rash on Back, Arms, and Ankles

by Mark

I've always suffered from sensitive skin when shaving or from non precious metals, etc., coming in contact with my skin, but during the last week I have had what I'm guessing is this skin condition quite severely. My skin itches, I scratch it, the skin starts to raise, and then I get intense heat and a raised skin rash. As I write this I am mainly getting it on my back, arms and ankles. Is it normal for this raised skin rash to come on suddenly? I'm allergic to shellfish and penicillin but steer clear of these so I know it can't be that.

I don't think it is all that unusual for this raised skin problem known as dermatographism to come on suddenly. I believe in many cases this is what occurs. Your body starts itching as a result of some trigger (that by the way is very difficult to pinpoint in many cases) and you scratch and the next thing you know you notice raised skin outlining where the scratching pressure was applied. In my case, I think it did suddenly appear and as you read through the many stories posted on this website by other dermatographism sufferers you will see that your case is not that unusual.

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Itchy Wrists and Arms and Between Fingers

by Francois Collinson
(Johannesburg, South Africa)

I have suddenly, in the last two weeks, developed similar symptoms raised above, in that if I open a tight tap or a bottle cap that requires pressure on the hands, my hands itch incredibly afterwards, but also for only maybe 10-15 minutes.

Recently I went for a swim and immediately after rubbing myself down afterwards, started to itch around my legs, feet, as well as the groin area.

Normally, my day starts with itchy wrists and arms and between my fingers.

Could these all be ascribed to Dermagraphism?



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It could be dermatographism. If pressure on the skin causes welts, hives, or red marks, then there is a good possibility that dermatographism is present. Some people get it more severe than others. Try writing on your skin with a blunt object and see if the writing forms welts. This is basically what a physician does - a tongue depressor rubbed on the back to see if welts develop where the pressure was applied.

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Hyper Sensitive Skin Condition or Dermatographism

by Anonymous

I am 45 years old. As a child I could scratch my name on my arm and it would raise up in a welt and then slowly subside. My father was a doctor and told me I had hyper sensitive skin. I did not recall if it itched or not, however, bumps, cuts, etc., would all result in a welt and then slowly subside within several minutes. Recently, I noticed it does not happen to me anymore.

My daughter is 12 years old and has the same skin condition. Her school was concerned when they noticed the welts caused by her and her friends writing their names on her arms.

It sounds like the Dermatographism I have been reading about - not sure if this condition has to do with hyper sensitive skin or dermographism.


I guess in a some ways, you can say that dermatographism is a subset of hypersensitive skin. In this case the hypersensitivity is to pressure. Regardless, from your description above, it sounds like classic dermatographism. It has been known to have a hereditary aspect to it and so it is not all that shocking that your daughter also has it.

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Temperature Sensitive Dermatographism Skin Rash

by Anonymous

My daughter developed the rash June 2010. It appears at the change of temperature e.g. when she has a bath or when she gets cold. We have to make sure we try and keep her temperature at a constant balance. However, the rash comes up at school as well and she is becoming increasingly self-conscious and anxious as other children notice it on her arms or face. She has just had a blood test at the doctors and we are waiting for the results. Please please help if there is anything else we can do to help her or should we persist for further tests if the blood test is not conclusive?

I think you should let the doctors make sure that she does not have any other health issue related to her skin rash problem. If she is finally diagnosed with dermatographism, then unfortunately there is no cure. However, with the right antihistamines and dosage the symptoms can be controlled. Over time, the condition may subside or it may persist for many years.

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