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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics

Question: Hives from rough physical contact.

 DayTripper - Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:23 pm

Whenever there is rough physical contact, such as scratches, pinches, some type of strain on the skin, the area will hive and begin to itch horribly. It's worse at night. A simple bracelet will make me hive at night, even a ring. It'll happen where ever contact is made, face, back, neck, legs, arms. Brushing my hair will make my hairline itch. This all started in March and yes, using creams and taking Benadryl will keep it from happening, but it's very annoying. What is this?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:30 am

User avatar Hello,What you have is a form of physical urticaria known as pressure urticaria or dermographism which causes hives by contact or pressure.Not uncommon, it can cause itching and discomfort.Controlled by antihistaminics but not cured by medications.The course of the condition is that as years go by it generally remits or stops once for all.Hope this helps.Best wishes.

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