literally means writing on the skin. It is known by many different
names, such as dermatographic urticaria, dermatographism, or
skin writing. It is a common type of urticaria; a skin problem in which
the skin becomes raised and inflamed when stroked, scratched, rubbed,
and sometimes even slapped.
underlying causes of dermographism
are not clearly known; however, it is thought to be caused due to the
release of histamines by the mast cells. When histamines are released,
the weaker membranes surrounding the mast cells may be damaged and
cause swelling. It is not a lethal disease and it is not contagious or
underlying cause of dermographism is not known, and can last for many
years without relief. At least 95% of chronic cases are never solved.
Sometimes, the condition goes away; sometimes it stays forever.
or urticaria dermographism may triggered by stress, very tight
clothing, wristwatches, glasses, kissing, extreme temperatures, or
anything that may cause stress to the skin of the patient. In most
cases, it is only a negligible issue; however, in extreme cases,
symptoms can be severe enough to affect the patient's life.
dermographism is a rare kind of dermographism characterized by linear
blanching of skin with atopic dermatitis in response to hard stroking,
scratching, or slapping.
hives is another common name of dermatographic urticaria. Actually,
hives is a commonly used name of the skin disease called urticaria in
medical language. It occurs in response to certain physical allergies,
in which slapping, stroking, or scratching of the skin of the person
with any rough instrument produces a pale, raised, wheal, with a red
flare on each side. Most of these conditions vanish within a few hours
after their outbreak, but in severe cases they may stay much longer and
need proper medical treatment.
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