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couchtater
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   Posted 12/19/2011 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
How many of you suffer with this?
 
I've been having these strange red welts pop up on me for no reason (at least it seemed). Today out of curiousity I very gently took my fingernail and wrote on my stomach. I saw nothing at first then slowly a red welt developed. Within two minutes I could see exactly what I wrote in a red raised welt. It took about 20 minutes for it to fade away.
 
I looked this weird reaction up and it said it was dermatographia. I read it can flare up when your immune system is out of wack.
 
What else is Lupus going to throw at me??? mad
Joy

StillTired
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   Posted 12/19/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely! I was just commenting about this the other day:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=29&m=2261751

couchtater
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   Posted 12/19/2011 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, your post got me thinking about what it could be.
It's so wild!
I've been sitting here...I guess you might say playing...writing my name on myself. :)))

It says it's not serious unless it becomes bothersome.

Right now it's just weird...
Joy

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   Posted 12/19/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're at work, it could be bothersome that you're writing your name on yourself! That could become serious! lol

Basically, I figure our skin gets more sensitive with our over-active immune systems, AND it gets thinner and more sensitive with prednisone. So unless it sticks around more than a couple of weeks, or hinders (via intense itching or such) my day, I try not to worry about it.

So far that's worked out and (as a light-skinned person who grew up outside in Fl without sunscreen in the 1960s-70s) I keep to my annual dermo exam.
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StillTired
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   Posted 12/19/2011 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Just for fun, here's what mine looks like after writing with the blunt end of a pen:

tinypic.com/r/swvcsn/5

This is after about 5 minutes elapsed time. You have similar results? I've tried antihistamines, that doesn't touch it.

Edit: Fixed link

Post Edited (StillTired) : 12/19/2011 8:18:54 PM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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   Posted 12/19/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynn, I'm on winter break. No work for two weeks! :))
My students have already seen my "weird" rashes. They take it all in stride like 7 yr olds do.
I'm seeing my lung doctor tomorrow about my asthma giving me fits lately and my ribs hurting some. I see my rhuemy on Wednesday. I don't have Dermotologist. Hadn't had a need yet. Guess that has changed... :(
I'm a very freckled golden blond. I nevered tanned during my younger years, just burned. I didn't play outside a lot as a kid I perferred the indoors more.
Joy

Post Edited (couchtater) : 12/21/2011 2:17:38 PM (GMT-7)


BEW_thatwasfast
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   Posted 12/21/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW! That picture was amazing.  I had no idea it could welt up like that.  That was only after 5 minutes?  How long did it take to go away?
 
 
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couchtater
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   Posted 12/21/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw it! My welt is not a bold as that!
Wow!
Joy

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   Posted 12/23/2011 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you FRIGGIN kidding me. It is so weird, I have been waking up looking like I got into a cat fight or something, or I very lightly scratch and I get a full blown raised up welt. I have scratched them open evidentally because they are open usually. I am going to talk to my Dr on Tues when he gets back in the office but .......REALLY????? SERUIOUSLY???? LOL I am going bald, about half an idiot most of the time, I have to admit the steroids are working on the "tinman syndrome" but my mouth nose and eyes are dry as a desert, really indescribably dry....now my skin is like filo dough???? WOW never a dull moment I guess.
Peggy
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couchtater
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   Posted 12/23/2011 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I get that catfight look in the mornings too, Peggy. Mostly on the side I sleep on.
I try to buy pjs with flat seams so they don't dig in too bad.
I sleep with a Cpap so when I wake up in the morning I have a red ring around my nose and mouth. The place where the straps are are deep red strips. Thank goodness by the time I leave for work it's faded away.
Joy
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