Allergies to your surroundings are no fun on their own… can you imagine actually being allergic to yourself?
Dermatographia is a condition where the skin wells up if it’s scratched, pressed, or even just touched lightly. There’s no widely understood cause, and many of those affected don’t seek treatment.
The unique yet common condition effects 1 in 20 people, according to INSIDER. When you press on the skin of someone with the condition, it becomes raised and redden, similar to hives.
Many with dermatographia can create unique designs on their skin.”That’s the kind of fun part of the condition. You can kind of draw smiley faces and messages to yourself and they stay there for half and hour.
A mother-of-five has a rare skin condition which means she can draw on her own skin and watch it disappear – like an Etch a Sketch.
Sarah Beal, 43, from Arley, Warwickshire, has such sensitive skin that the slightest scratch can cause it to swell.
But she has also realised that the condition – known as dermatographia – allows her to create patterns and pictures on her skin which disappear within an hour.
Dermographism or ‘skin writing’ is a type of urticaria, or hives – where a raised, itchy rash appears on the skin. Ms Beal said: ‘I grabbed a spoon from my kitchen draw and with the handle I drew a heart on my arm. When I saw the heart appear on my skin, I loved it’
Dermographism or ‘skin writing’ is a type of urticaria, or hives – where a raised, itchy rash appears on the skin.
Ms Beal said: ‘My skin is so sensitive that sometimes even clothes can feel uncomfortable.
“When I lie in bed, the quilt can feel like needles pressing into me.
‘I can scratch my arm or my back and long lines will come up on my arms where I’ve scratched.
Hannah Arbuthnott, a 21-year-old from England, has the condition. In a video interview, she talks about what it’s like to have a form of what’s commonly referred to as “skin writing.”
While she laments the lack of treatment for the condition, she was relatively optimistic about the whole thing.
“That’s the kind of fun part of the condition,” she said about the skin writing aspect. “You can draw little smiley faces and messages to yourself, and they are there for a half an hour.”
While this might seem like a novel (and even fun) disorder, it affects all aspects of a person’s life.
Priscilla Skeeter (or Reddit user pskeeter) suffers from dermagraphism(also known as skin writing)—an unusual allergic reaction that causes the 21-year-old’s skin to erupt in itchy welts whenever any sort of touch or pressure is applied.
“I’ve had people write 666 on my forehead while sleeping,” 21-year-old explains in her revealing Reddit AMA.
Reddit user scumtarty, another Redditor with the allergy, shared a time-lapse video of his arm after he spelled what else but “Reddit” on it.