Desperate for Dermographism Relief

by Leanne B
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

I am a 15 year old girl and have been suffering from dermographism for 17 months. It started after a scary trip to the hospital one night. My eyes suddenly got extremely itchy and painful and had swelled closed is a matter of minutes. Six months later at an allergy testing clinic, I was diagnosed with dermographism at the age of 14.

I have noticed a progression of the symptoms over the past year. They are more painful, stay longer and are now showing on my face, as well as the rest of my body. The emotional frustration of this condition is overwhelming. As if teenagehood isn't hard enough without this. I now refuse to wear bracelets and necklaces because they flare my dermographism, as well I do not wear short sleeved shirts to school because my wrists are usually very bad. I have tried taking an antihistamine everyday for a period of time and have found no relief at all. People often point it out on my neck and chest. I am desperate for some kind of relief. Thanks for listening.

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Jan 10, 2014
I have recently discovered my condition
by: Justin

Hi my name is Justin and I have been dealing with this condition for the last five years and never knew what it was until two days ago. It has been an irritating few years. Sometimes the itch is unbearable and I get wild looks and stares from people who think I cut myself. Two days ago I met another person with the same condition who informed me on all of this. I find it a sense of relief to finally know what it is though I get no relief from the itch. I have tried everything. If anybody out there has any ideas please could you let me know. Sincerely, the latest victim of dermographism.

Jul 05, 2010
Suffering with Dermographism for Many Years
by: Anonymous

I have this condition also. I have had it since I was nine or ten years old and I am now 22. I know how you feel. When I was younger my friends would want to 'write' on me and people always gasp in horror when they see one of the marks on my face or arms. When I was younger, I was horrified and it used to upset me so I would try to cover up as much as possible. As I have grown older it has become a part of me and I accept it as part of who I am. Now when people shout 'oh my what have you done to yourself' I don't even react at all and I do not even bother trying to cover it. All I will say is that it really does get easier with time. Just learn to accept who you are. With mine maybe one day it will go, although I can't see that happening to me but if it goes then oh well if it does not then it is something that makes me unique. Although they say how common dermatographia is, I have never actually met someone with it or met someone yet who knows what it is. It will get easier I promise.

Jun 02, 2010
by: Anonymous

Hi Leanne,

I've had this condition for 6-7 years now and somehow bearing it. There is no cure found yet but I have a few home made remedies that I am sure will help you. Yours is still in the early stage and it might become worse so you need to stop eating certain foods or else it will flare up and you will go mad. Please send me an email at ravisgoyal at g mail and I will send you all the details.

May 26, 2010
Medicine for dermographism
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have the same condition. My doctor prescribed Ebastine 10mg in the mornings and Hydroxyzine before I go to bed. They make all the bumps go away. If you are in the USA you can buy it no problem at the drugstore. Try to see a doctor before you take anything.

Good luck!

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