Red Itching Hives on Skin with Pressure
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.