Advice to lessen my dermatographic urticaria aka "skin writing"
March 5, 2013 8:48 PM Subscribe
I have dermatographic urticaria, also known as "skin writing." It's really problematic because I will scratch an itch on my forehead or rub my chin while I am working and then, without even realizing it, I will look like I am breaking out with an illness or I got into a fight. Even though my skin is going haywire, getting puffy and red from being scratched or rubbed, I don't feel anything bothersome at all so I don't know until I check in a mirror. Does anyone have any experience with this and possibly reducing the symptoms?
posted by AppleTurnover to health & fitness (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just saw a dermatologist who didn't know any of treatments. I saw an allergist a few years ago who said there's nothing I can do but hope it goes away on its own. Well, it hasn't, and I've had it at least five years. I also have grave's disease and my allergist said there seems to be a correlation between dermatographic urticaria and thyroid disorders.
Anyone tried to get rid of this or found something that helped? I checked a few stores and didn't see any sort of antihistamine creams so I couldn't try that, but I figured it was worth a shot if I could buy some. I use lotion to make my skin less dry and itchy, but that doesn't stop the problems I get when I do scratch an itch.
Thanks in advance.