Have you ever scratch yourselves and find out that welts in horizontal or vertical lines, along with the direction of your scratches, appear on the surface of your skins? When you do, perhaps you are one of 4 to 5% of world population who suffers from skin writing, that is dermographism or dermatographism, or more specifically, dermatographic urticaria.
What is dermatographism? It is a mild skin disease. Calm down, it is neither life threatening nor contagious. Dermatographism is caused by the weak membrane of the cells. In results, the mast cells, whenever are faced with stress or pressure, will break and release the substance called histamine. This is somehow similar to the allergic reaction (the release of histamine). These mast cells are the sources of histamine and this histamine will cause inflammation of local areas of your skin, resulting in the raising of the skin surfaces whenever you scratch, rub, or stroke them. As itchiness can appear after the welts, some people think that dermatographism results in itchiness –and scratching — whereas actually it all begins from the scratching or other forms of pressure to the skin themselves.
Dermatographism can be cured with antihistamine. A non-medication way is somehow to avoid hot baths or showers. The symptoms of the raised skin usually last in minutes, but in some cases, they can last in several days or weeks. Another cool fact is that it is told that there was an artist who got dermatographism and used his own skin as one of his art media. You may also fantasize by “drawing” or “writing” on your skin using some intentional scratches, no? Of course, only when you don’t mind and you’re sure that it will not result in any other further complications. Now, you judge that it can actually be referred as mild disease, and ow yeah, avoid tight outfits!
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