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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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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