Emotional Stress and Dermographism Skin Condition

by Anonymous

My life changed dramatically about a year ago. My husband and I moved in with his elderly parents and severely disabled sister, to become their caregivers. About four months ago I developed this conditon. My skin is constantly itching and swelling where my clothing rubs against it. Sometimes I even get hives in other areas. I have been taking antihistamines for about a month now. It seems to help some, but not completely. I guess my question is: Can emotional stress cause this condition?

Many sufferers of dermatographism do believe that stress is a contributing factor to the development of this skin problem. It is listed as a possible cause but no definite link has been established. As a dermatographism sufferer myself, I believe there is a link.


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May 08, 2015
Itchy Skin
by: Sam

I've had this skin condition for about three years now and it drives me crazy. I do take a antihistamine tablet in the morning and it does help. I'm finding now its started going to my face and I never scratch it. I am at work and I will look in the mirror and there is a red mark on my face then 10 minutes later it's gone. This is one off the worst conditions ever. I wish there was a cure especially when there is a cure for so many other things.

Oct 01, 2012
Stress a Significant Factor
by: Dalia J.

Stress is definitely a huge factor in this skin condition. I too have experienced this for years and I still am. But I definitely find myself having these red scratch lines that sometimes feel like they're on fire due to stressful situations, or when I'm with people and thinking a lot or working too hard.

Other than that, it can definitely be an allergic reaction to the type of clothes you wear, and even to dust. I find myself having those symptoms when I'm in a dusty place and when I touch my skin or face, I quickly get these annoying bumps. Sometimes I scratch very delicately or something barely touches my skin and I get those symptoms. It could be a food that I'm eating too although in my case, I'm not certain it is. It can also be a product that you're using on the skin.

When I first had these symptoms, they were not purely red scratch lines that burn, they were red bumps that start out small and then spread and become huge. They definitely burned and they used to itch me a lot and I got to a point where I could barely breath. I noticed these symptoms after taking my bath using a certain type of shampoo (which I have always used before but never triggered this issue). This happened when I was quite young and I needed to get a cortisone shot to get rid of it. After that I started only getting the red scratch marks which can be annoying but it's definitely way better than how I used to get them.

Good luck. I hope this annoying skin condition goes away or they find a cure to it.


Jan 08, 2011
Learn To Control Dermographism
by: Ravi

Came across website through Google. I've had dermographism from past 7 years now and I have learned to control it. I would like to help you get rid of this by avoiding certain food, read below.

"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 dermographaism 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...

Dec 30, 2010
Stress and Skin Conditions
by: Denise

I have read many articles on stress and it's possible contribution to skin problems. I think that being in a certain position that can stress you out and exhaust you mentally as well as physically can be a cause of many problems, the skin being one. Just look at hives. Stress definitely contributes to that skin condition. So stress may be a factor in your skin problem too.

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