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What is dermatographia and does it cause hives?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Dermatographia is a condition that produces raised red lines on your skin. It often develops after scratching or rubbing sensitive skin. Dermatographia  is not serious and causes no significant problems, but it can feel uncomfortable. The symptoms of dermatographia can include redness, itching, and swelling that may look like hives. The symptoms usually go away shortly without treatment, but sometimes they can linger and become severe. Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine to relieve symptoms of dermatographia. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

 

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