Possible Delayed Reaction to Food
(Hayward, CA, USA)
I have had this condition for about ten months now. I have never had allergies in the past. All of my blood work results are normal. According to a test that was recently performed on my skin, I could potentially be allergic to almonds, bananas, cucumbers, pineapples, lemons, lobster, pepper, garlic, and hops. Since the allergy skin test, I have been keeping a food log for three weeks while trying to eliminate the foods that I just listed. So far, I have not noticed any changes, positive or negative.
I cannot bare the itchiness for more than three days. So, for treatment of the itchiness, I take 10 mg of Loratadine (otherwise known as Claritin). It is hard to tell how itchy I actually am and for how long because I have had to consistently take an antihistamine to suppress the symptoms.
The other causal possibility, which is not a professional diagnosis, is stress. I am a flight instructor. Although I am generally cool, calm and collected, my day-to-day job is inherently stressful. Training to be an instructor was also very stressful. My previous profession as an account manager for a transportation logistics company was also stressful. Thinking about what could be causing my dermatographism is stressful. On top of all that, my father's unexpected death in 2012 lead to a lot of stress in my life as well. I try to decompress from work by exercising and I generally eat healthy.
It's a mystery.