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Posted by Pegi on October 30, 2000 at 12:28:06:

In Reply to: Re: Dermatographism posted by Doug on June 30, 2000 at 22:04:59:

: : Any information that can tell me more about dermatographism would really make my life easier. I have had it for quite some time now and it is bothersome whenever the weals form. There are only a few people that have it that I know of including my father. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
: My Wife was diagnosed with chronic Dermatographism. Her dermatologist prescribed Claritin and it seems to keep it under control..but not 100% of the time.

Hi, sorry to hear you are having to deal with the "writing" problem. I had the condition for about 5 years -- it came on suddenly and left suddenly. The first attack came hours after I had shaved my legs with an electric razor that had been stored for a long time, and I had great welts or weals all over both legs. From there, I would get them anywhere on my body, quite spontaneously, although I could take my fingernail and "write" something on my arm and within 10 minutes it would stand out in bold pink/red relief. Doctors pooh-poohed my belief that something had been introduced with the razor. I did find that stress aggravated it, as did tiredness. I really was upset when it started on my neck and face. I read all I could find about it (not much) and could not identify any specific food or other allergen. I did things like everyone does: change detergents, stop wearing perfumes, etc., etc. Basically, I added vitamins and did quit smoking, and had reduced occurrences. I made a conscious effort to be "unconscious" about the condition. I was surprised one day to realize I had not had any flare ups for weeks. That was over 15 years ago, and I remain free of it today. Good luck and God bless.

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