Red Itching Hives on Skin with Pressure

by Dean
(Houston, Texas)

I am a male, 48 years old. One morning I was getting out of the shower, and I noticed my face and upper body were very red, itchy, and at times my face and ears would feel hot for a period of time (2-4 minutes). I thought at first it was the bath soap or laundry detergent used in washing my clothes. I thought maybe someone is pulling a practical joke on me.

After about one week, I went to the doctor and told him what I was experiencing. The doctor scratched the front of my chest with his finger and within 1-2 minutes the area that was scratched, turned red and looked like hives or a red rash. You could write your name on my forehead, arm, etc. The doctor said that what I have is called dermographism, it isn't life threatening, however, right now there is no cure. The doctor recommended that I take Claritin, an antihistamine to maintain the over abundance of histamines in my body. Right now, my skin does not itch and it still turns red when pressure is applied to my skin, especially to my face. When I shave my face in the morning, both my face and neck really turn red, even before I take a shower. Then after about 15-20 minutes the redness goes away, and I look okay.

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Jun 12, 2012
by: chad

I just went to the allergist and he says I have dermographia. When I wake up in the morning it seems to be the worst time, probably from laying my neck and face on the pillow. When I take a hot shower or rub my skin when I am sweating I turn beet red in that area. Sometimes when I am laying in bed my ears, neck, face, and stomach begin to get real hot. Whenever I scratch an area it gets really red for about 15-20 mins. If I get in the mirror up close in the light I can see the redness on my face and neck but in everyday light nobody can really see it including myself. Unless I do one of those 3 things mentioned above and it gets really red people will notice it. I just want the redness around my face and neck to go away. The mild redness on my stomach, legs, etc., I can deal with.

Mar 09, 2011
Same Skin Writing Welts Symptoms
by: Sandy

I have had the same experience. I am a 46 year old female. I have never had any allergic reaction in my life. This September I started to experience intense itching, burning and then noticed the skin writing welts. I too have been taking a daily antihistimine which does help, but does not control the symptons completely. I truly appreciate all the information I've been able to gather from this informative webpage. Thank you for posting.

Feb 09, 2011
Same Here
by: Cindy

Hi Dean,
Just found out I had Dermagraphism in Nov 2010 after my foot surgery. I never had any skin problem before that. I had been reading alot on this since then. I had my thyroid checked and other blood work done and everything has come back normal. Now I am going through a patch test to see if I am allergic to the screws they put in my heel. Just wanted to see how you are doing and to find out what tests you've done. Any feedback would be great.

Thanks, Cindy from CT.

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