Writing on Skin Instead of Paper

Dermatographism, the clinical name for skin writing, is another skin problem common to many with FMS. Red welts or welts with redness surrounding them characterize this condition.

However, what really sets this condition apart is the way the welts form in the pattern of the force against the skin. That is, if a person scratches their arm, then the welt will rise in the shape and lines of the scratching, as if the scratches were etched onto the flesh as the welts or hives rise around it.

The skin area is very itchy prior to the welts rising or the hives appearing. Skin redness with little bumps is another indication of this skin irritation. Just drying off with a towel after a shower can give rise to scratches, bumps and terrible itching.

What is really most troubling about this skin condition is that the dermotographism appears instantly. A person can be totally fine one minute and the next instant the skin becomes itchy with a burning kind of itch.

They scratch, lines arise and welts appear. The problem is that often the scratching is done without the person realizing it - it is an automatic response. By the time they figure out what is happening they have huge red, inflamed, itchy patches with lines through them.

The attack often lasts about 30 minutes or so and then begins to subside. It can flare many times during the day.

Rosacea - That Rosy Glow

Rosacea associated with fibromyalgia is yet another condition of the skin. It features primarily on the face, presenting with inflammation or swelling of the skin around the nose, cheeks and forehead.

Facial flushing and a rosy or red appearance on the skin accompanied by congestion, bumpy lumps especially on the nose caused by swelling of skin tissue, and small blood vessels appearing in the skin are all trademarks of this skin problem.

Although the exact cause of rosacea is not known, it is a skin condition that is often present in those with fibromyalgia. It can be triggered by stress and emotional issues; temperature changes; wind or sun exposure; dairy products; hot showers and numerous other factors.

Skin problems are another symptom of fibromyalgia that simply adds to the already challenging daily life of people who live with the syndrome. Find out more about skin issues associated with fibromyalgia.

Table of Contents
1. Skin Problems
2. Itchy welts
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