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what caused this?

my 12-year-old scratches up her skin when she gets anxious. (we're working on this). intead of it being red or scabbed over it had purple splotches like when blood vessles are broken. she's really worried about this, because of her anxiety. this is from pressure being applied, right? should i treat it in some way?

btw, yes, i re-posted. no need to call me a troll. :P

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Asked by A.W.96 at 9:43 PM on Jul. 8, 2009 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • are you getting her anxiety treated through therapy?? thats where I'd start

    Answer by MELRN at 9:46 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • what is a troll?

    Answer by MELRN at 9:46 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Worry less about the marks and more about why she's doing it. If she is not currently in therapy, she needs it ASAP.


    Answer by legalmommy101 at 9:47 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • She's off therapy right now, but might go back soon, though she is improving. She's done worse than scratching, so we're considering this an improvement. A good step is that she realizes what she's doing and is making a concious effort to stop.

    A troll is what some people like to call people who continually repost the same questions annonymously to annoy others. :P

    Answer by A.W.96 at 9:51 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

  • Just an FYI-my daughter has chronic urticaria. Basically she can get hives just from sweating; if she gets a scratch she ends up with wheals. Maybe it is combination of anxiety and urticaria/dermatographic rash. Hydrocortisone can help and my ped put her on allergy meds to help, which it does.

    Just a thought.......

    Answer by mojomomma0217 at 9:10 PM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • I also have chronic urticaria. I do not get hives, unfortunately mine triggers angioedema. Angioedema is when the little blood vessels under the skin leak. Angioedema causes tingling before the itchiness. Allergy meds are wonderful, but one called Xyzal works best on chronic urticaria and angioedema types. These are definitely triggered by stress, among other things (garlic powder for example). Mine is inherited on my mother's side. My mother always had it. When I was in the 9th grade, Biology stressed me out. I would start scratching everyday as soon as I got to the class. Best of luck!

    Answer by 4GorgeousKids at 10:36 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

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