Raised Hives or Dermographism 

I have had this awful raised hives skin condition for about 3 years now. I have no food allergies or any other allergies that I can think of. Sometimes after a shower my legs will burn like they are on fire! I can write my name down on my arm or anywhere for that matter. If I touch my face it looks like I have been in a car wreck! I hate this stupid condition.

I got really stressed out about a year ago and I broke out in raised hives all over my face. I looked like a freak show. Everyone kept asking me if I was ok. It is not like I have never been that stressed out before. It is just now that I can not hide it. I love everyone asking me what is wrong with your face if I screw up and scratch an itch - especially on my neck. “OH you must have real sensitive skin"....I hear that about 4 times a day GAG!

I have never dealt with anything medical. I am 30 years old and I have always been healthy and what I would call normal. This raised hives disease SUCKS! I am glad I will not die from it. That is the only positive thing I can say about it. Someone come up with a raised hives cure already so I can get back to a normal life please! I now know that I am not the only one out there who feels this way so thanks for letting me post on your site.

Curtis – December 22, 2008

I am 15 years old. I had an allergic reaction to something that we are still unsure of. I am getting skin tests done Jan. 2. When I went to the doctor, he was asking a lot of questions. And it came up that ever since I was little my skin would turn red if I scratched it easily and mostly it is my neck which is always red.

I use to always write stuff on my skin and thought it was cool. When my doctor said there was a name for it he said it was a raised hives condition known as dermatographism. I don't think I have a serious case of it, but I do have seasonal allergies. I am allergic to cedar trees, pollen, animal hair makes my skin turn red, and ragweed. But I do get stressed sometimes very easily.

That is most of my story. Thanks.

Mykaela – December 14, 2008



I am 33 years old and have just started having raised hives symptoms this past spring/summer. This year, I had hay fever for weeks and after that it seems like the first episodes occurred. It started with severe itching on my back and legs after showering. Now it is just the red marks and wheals when I scratch myself. I am taking Zyrtec currently. If I skip a couple of days I can feel it my hands, not an itchiness, but a sensation that feels like my skin is tightening. I am interested in other people’s initial breakout experiences.

Andrew – December 12, 2008



I discovered I had dermographism and raised hives about a year ago after going through pain for 3 months. I went to three different doctors with no result or diagnosis. Finally, after suffering for 3 more months, I got an appointment with a dermatologist. He told me immediately that it was dermographism and simply said "its no big deal just take some Claritin and you will be fine". So I figured if I took Claritin it would stop the prickling itching and the bumps would go away.

I take a Claritin in the morning every single day, which makes absolutely no difference at all to me. I have found that putting an ice pack where the prickling is, helps a little bit, but it often itches everywhere so I have no idea what to do. Often times my legs start twitching or shaking out of control from all of the prickling. I am not sure what to do anymore.

Aly – December 12, 2008

 

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