is a subtype of urticaria. It is also known as
dermographism, dermatographic, or dermatographic hives.
Urticaria is the official, medical term used for hives. The rest of the
article describes dermatographism, its causes, symptoms, and cures in
dermatographic urticaria is characterized by eruptions and
inflammations on the skin when an external offending stimulus comes in
contact with the skin. This makes the skin look as if someone has
written on it, which is why it is also called skin writing.
Human skin contains certain cells, which are called mast cells to
protect it against pathogens. The membranes surrounding these cells are
weak for some people. In such cases, when the skin is rubbed or
scratched, it will release a substance called histamine, which results
in the damage of these membranes that causes rashes and swelling of the skin.
The actual cause for dermatographism is unidentified. The most
commonly believed causes include stress and exposure to extreme heat or
cold. Several things that can trigger its occurrence include kissing,
tight clothing, watches, rings, glasses, and anything that causes
pressure or stress to the skin. Even when the skin gets slapped,
scratched, or rubbed, eruptions may occur.
It is not a contagious disease and it does not spread from one person
to another. In most cases, the eruptions will disappear within some
time after the outbreak; therefore, many people do not need treatment
for this. However, some patients may experience this condition for
their entire lives. Though
in most cases, it is not life threatening,
there are some cases that may be severe enough to become life
threatening. Therefore, proper treatment is necessary.
Antihistamines can be used
to treat patients, which
prevent the eruptions from appearing. Acupuncture treatments are also
available to treat this condition. Biodegradable and
soaps are used by many patients to help prevent outbreaks. In addition,
patients are advised to avoid bathing in hot water.
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