Blood Tests and Dermatographism
There is so much comfort in reading this. I have had this skin condition for almost two years (May would make it 2 but I am praying it will be gone!!!) and I identify with the symptoms, the frustrations, the distress and the need to get better if not fine. Initially, I saw my GP who did blood work and all came back clear except for an increase in my WBC (lymphocytes & eosinophiles) which apparently means that your body is fighting something. My GP referred me to a dermatologist who looked at my skin, scraped it a little and in less than 5 minutes told me that I was suffering from physical dermatographism! I was like huh, physy-what?? He just asked me to take Claritin and buy a certain cream. I wasn't convinced.
I had more blood work done, got the same results, and another referral to a different dermatologist. This one said my skin looked very clear (which can be misleading) and said it might be an issue with my nerves! I refused to buy it! I did more blood work to rule out more stuff and same results - showing active WBC.
So I decided to see a naturalpathic doctor who naturally asked for blood work to be done (by this time I am desperate and tired). Same results, all clear except for the active WBC!
So like some of you, I have been googling up things regularly to try and find out what is causing this. I even considered the nerves suggestion but I have just dismissed it. The itch is usually very intense/severe and worse if there are any markings like t-shirt markings, chair markings, etc. I feel it the most on my back and sides. But guess what guys? I have also decided that this ain't gonna rule my life :)