Posted by: Jo | 2009/01/27


Sensitive skin

Hi Doc, my 4 yr old seems to have a very sensitive skin. At first it did not really concern me but now its getting so bad that if I wipe his face with a cloth or he rubs his face or body, hives seem to form. It disappears after a while. Is there any reason to be concerned? It does not seem normal to me. Please advise.

Expert's Reply



This is not normal as such, but is a rather common problem called 'dermatographism' . It is due to the release of histamine in your son's skin when a little pressure is applied to his skin such as with wiping his face. This is usually a temporary problem, but as it can be a nuisance it is best to treat him with a very safe antihistamine called Zyrtec.Give him Zyrtec syrup 5ml at night only. This must be given very regularly every night for at least 3 months. Stop the Zyrtec for a few days after the 3 months course and see if he has grown out of the problem. If not please write in again.

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