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Definition of Dermatographism

Dermatographism: A common form of hives that appears due to stroking, rubbing, or scratching of the skin, or when tight-fitting clothes rub the skin. Dermatographism occurs in about 5 percent of the population. Dermatographism is not a disease and requires no specific treatment.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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