Dermographism is a kind of urticaria. It is also called
dermatographic urticaria. Some people refer to is as writing on the
skin. As the name implies, it is characterized by eruptions and
inflammations on the skin when an external object comes in contact with
the skin. This makes the skin look as if someone has written something
on the skin. Our skin contains cells called mast cells, which
protect it against pathogens acting as a defense system. The
membranes surrounding these cells are weak in some people. In such
cases, when skin is rubbed or scratched, it will release substances
called histamine, which causes swelling of the skin.
Causes for Dermographism
The cause for this urticaria is unknown. Some
people will get this kind of urticaria when the skin is exposed
to extreme heat or cold. There are several things that can trigger its
occurrence. Tight clothing, watches, rings, glasses, and anything that
causes pressure or stress to the skin may trigger this. Even when
the skin gets slapped, scratched, or rubbed, eruptions may occur.
Since it does not spread from one person to another, and
also because the eruptions disappear in time, some people will not
undergo treatment for this. However, some patients will have it for
life. 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.
Cures for Dermographism
Antihistamines can be used to treat patients, which
prevent the eruptions from appearing. Acupuncture treatments are also
available to treat this condition. Biodegradable and
hypoallergenic soaps are used by many patients to help prevent
outbreaks. In addition, patients are advised to avoid bathing in hot
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