Urticaria or Hives and Overactive Histamine in Body

by M. Harper

I started with dermatographism or physical urticaria when I was about 17 years old. I am now 55 years old and unfortunately I still have it! The hives have never diminished from the onset until present day. At 17 years old, I was working in a hospital labotatory and at the time I asked one of the doctors if she could diagnose the skin condition that I was experiencing. She said it was urticaria or hives caused by over active histamine in my body.

I never went to a general practitioner or looked into this skin problem and I simply just learned to live with it. I had no idea why the physical urticaria or hives started and I have never met anyone else with this same skin problem. It was always a good party piece writing someone's name up my arm and watching their face as their name started to raise up before their eyes.

Last night, a friend of mine said her niece had the same condition and there was a medical name for it. I typed the name into the internet and was amazed at the information available and was surprised to read about all the people with the same condition.

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