Friday, December 3, 2010
Dermographism - Year 2
Two years ago this week I was diagnosed with dermographism after months of not stop hives and itching. I had tried everything to figure out what was causing it, when in reality it was my body attacking it's self. For those of you that do not know dermographism, or skin writing, is where your body thinks it is basically allergic to everything that touches it and hives form instantly. I can literally write something on me with my fingernail and within a minute you will see hives forming that word. You dread simply things like putting on clothes or taking a shower. Brushing my hair drives me crazy, and I sometimes cry in the shower from the intense itching. When I put on jeans I end up with hives going up my thighs where they rubbed. I can take my bra off and have perfect lines of hives where it sat on my skin. Want a hug? You will see exactly where your body touched mine within minutes. There is no cure for this, antihistamines do not work, you simply learn to live with it and avoid what you can. Certain things do make it worse or better though. For me cold weather makes it nightmare, extreme heat makes it bad but livable, fall days make seem to almost go away, light pajamas make it appear almost gone, and anxiety makes it hell. Over the past two years I've learned what my triggers are, but sometimes I have no idea what is causing it. For example, last night I was almost covered completely in hives, why? Turns out it was the pressure of the blanket that I sleep with every night on my skin. Tonight, same blanket, nothing. Everyday it's different and everyday it's miserable but I'm awesome at hiding how itchy I truly am. I am in hopes that one day there will be a cure, and I pray that my kids never experience this.