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Writing about your Allergies: Dermatographria

Nov 23, 2023
Writing on the skin, also known as dermatographia
Dr. Wendt discusses an odd form of hives enabling the patient to write on their skin.


There is not necessarily any testing that goes into evaluation of dermographia, other than to validate that stroking causes wheals on the skin.  The Allergist-Immunologist can evaluate to see if further testing is necessary.

Initial treatment of dermatographia includes taking type I and type II antihistamines (see below), sometimes two or more times per day, in order to prevent the reaction.

If this does not work, Omalizumab (Xolair) is typically used to stop the inflammation and put the patient in remission.

If you would like to be tested for your allergies, have hives or dermatographia, or believe you might be a good candidate for allergy shots, Dr. Wendt and the staff at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives would love to help.

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