Allergic Reaction and Breathing Issues with Dermographism

by Anonymous

I have recently developed dermographism and have noticed when I have a severe episode of itching and burning and red flare ups on my skin I also become wheezy and can struggle to take a breath in. I have never had previous chest problems. Are they related or just coincidence?

This is the first time that a reader has mentioned breathing problems with dermatographism episodes. Dermatographism may be caused by exposure to an allergen. Perhaps you are still being exposed to this allergen and this not only caused the dermographism, but also is causing other typical allergic reactions such as the symptoms of wheezing. The itching and burning may also be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. I would definitely consult a doctor as soon as possible since allergic reactions that cause breathing issues can be very serious.

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Sep 19, 2018
Dermatographism and Breathing Problems
by: Ty

I have suffered from dermatographic urticaria all my life and this was also accompanied by breathing problems every now and then. But no one was able to diagnose me until very recently.

Sometimes both conditions would occur together, sometimes they happened separately. During my childhood, doctors thought I had asthma, and I had to carry an inhaler around with me. I also have sensitive skin, for which I had to protect my skin as much as possible, by wearing long socks, long sleeved tops, etc., to avoid exposure to anything that might cause my skin to flare up.

Some time during my late teens, I once had to go to the emergency room for severe breathing problems, and the doctor there ruled out asthma, and said my breathing problem was psychological. I hated everyone for not understanding my condition, for thinking I was faking it. And I never went to a doctor after that for my urticaria/breathing related problems.

During my early 20s, a friend of mine discovered how my skin would flare up so easily, so she played with my skin and drew all over my arms, and my back with a blunt stick, and we both saw the dermatographia on my skin. She sure had fun playing with my skin. And then she did some research online, and only then was it that we came to know the actual diagnosis of my skin condition, dermatographism or dermatographic urticaria.

I have tried treatment for it, and my skin condition seems to be better than before, but I still have the breathing problems.

Jul 08, 2017
Stress and Skin Writing Disease
by: Anonymous

I enjoyed L Marshall's post. Know that your condition mirrors mine. I am absolutely sure I got my condition fighting wars as a United State's sailor. The stress was tremendous and I soon developed the "skin writing disease". However, I also experience the respiratory symptoms as medication wanes. I have a suggestion that has helped me tremendously. Use histamine suppressors in conjunction with histamine receptor blockers. When it gets severe, as mine has, triple up with a rescue inhaler. Things will be much better for you then. Also learn your chemicals, swap medications once every month to three months to a chemical with the same desired outcome, and shop cheap, like at a dollar store for knock off brands. Mine is very easy to live with now. Having a smart and caring partner helps loads too.

Aug 14, 2015
by: Anonymous

I recently began having this issue again. It started with a shortness of breath and wheezing, followed by a 24 hour bug. One week on and I'm still having itchy episodes and those red marks which stay around for up to 24 hours. I am still wheezing and any pressure on the skin results in the marks.

A similar issue happened two years ago in August, just like now. I was tested for allergies and oxygen ratio in the blood, which by the way, was well below normal for a 57 year old male. It just went away in November of the same year, oxygen returned to normal, and no itching or red marks. I would sure like to know what it is and how to make it go away.

Dec 17, 2011
Same Breathing Problem with Dermatographism
by: Anonymous

I also have the same problem. I have had Dermographism for five years and have shortness of breath symptoms for one year. I was searching whether there was a relation between the two. The doctors still cannot explain the reason for the shortness of breath and are trying to find out whether it is asthma. I am aware that these conditions are highly related to stress and tiredness. Recently I am showing reaction to various smells and humidity also. It is very difficult when the shortness of breath becomes worse.

Feb 04, 2011
Breathing problems with my dermographism
by: L Marshall

I was interested to see that I'm not the only one with breating problems along side their dermographism. I was diagnosed seven years ago following my pregnancy with my son, my mother also passed away suddenly and I always assumed that this combination triggered the condition. I have been using anti-histimines every day to lessen the constant itching and welting of my skin, but for the past two years I've been having what I can only describe as ashmatic bouts. This usually happens when my tablets are wearing off. It begins with sudden coughing, my neck around my throat becomes itchy and I begin wheezing with severe shortness of breath. This now happens on and off, my doctor prescribed steroids and this worked whilst I was taking them but the symptoms returned once the course finished. I don't think doctors know enough about this condition and I am confused about what to do about my breathing problems.

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