Dermatographia is one of the skin conditions also known as skin writing. Lightly scratch of skin from a person with dermatographia, redden into a raised wheal similar to hives.
These marks usually disappears within 30 minutes. This condition is also called dermatographism or dermatographic urticaria. Approximately 5 percent of the world’s population have this kind of skin condition, and most common in older children and younger adults.
Scratches irritates skin, but tends to heal quickly. The cause of dermatographia is unknown, but it can be triggered in some people by infections, emotional upset or medications such as penicillin.
Signs and symptoms of dermatographia may include Raised red lines, Swelling, Inflammation, Hive-like welts and Itching.
These signs and symptoms may occur within a few minutes of ones skin being rubbed or scratched and usually disappear within 30 minutes.
For some people, the dermatographia may develop slowly and lasts several hours to several days. The condition itself can last for months or years.
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The risk involved is that it can occur at any age, but teenagers and young adults are more likely to get infected or anyone with other skin conditions, such as dry skin or dermatitis, may be more susceptible to dermatographia.
Any skin condition that causes frequent urge to scratch may increase your risk.
To reduce discomfort and prevent the symptoms of dermatographia, one needs to try these tips.
AVOID IRRITATING YOUR SKIN: refrain from using harsh soaps on your skin. Don’t wear clothing made from itchy material, such as wool. Hot shower or baths may worsen the symptoms.
DON’T SCRATCH YOUR SKIN: if you have derma, or skin conditions that may cause frequent itching, try to avoid scratching your skin. Scratching may aggravate the condition.
KEEP YOUR SKIN MOISTURIZED: dry skin tends to make skin itchy. Keep your skin moisturized by using lotions and creams after bathing.