Re: Can stress cause itchy skin...??
[QUOTE=annieof5]Wow, I've never even heard of Urticaria. I'll go see what it is.
It only started about 4 nights ago. Allergy season is upon us too.....my eyes are dry, itchy as well as my skin. Maybe its a combination of stress, enviromental. Just praying it'll go away soon.
Thanks for the info.[/QUOTE]
Urticaria is the medical term for a skin condition, commonly known as hives, characterized by the development of itchy, raised white lumps surrounded by an area of red inflammation.
Dermatographism are hives that are produced from [B]blunt[/B] touch. Meaning that scratching an itch with my fingernails, produced a "travelling itch"... essentially large hive welts in the pattern of the scratching. The more I scratched, the more I itched. The simple motion of taking my clothes off for bed was often enough to cause me to want to rip my skin apart from itching. The only way to stop the itch was to use a sharp item (IE: stiff bristle brush or dry loofah sponge) to scratch until the skin was red and tingled, or to take anti-histamines. Anything else made the itching worse. At one time I even sharted to remove my leg hair by the root via sugaring because the itch felt like it was deep in the skin.
After several years of suffering with Dermatographism, I was amazed to find that it went away overnight as soon as I started to take Celexa for my depression and stress/anxiety. Now when I get an itch, I can scratch it like a normal person with my nails and it's gone; no welts or hives to be found.
I don't know why Celexa cured me of this "Dermatographism", but I'm sure not complaining. The itch was part of what was contributing to my stress and anxiety too.
Last edited by Katyana; 03-16-2004 at 08:42 AM.