Urticaria pigmentosa

Mastocytosis; Mastocytoma

Urticaria pigmentosa is a skin disease that produces patches of darker skin (lesions) and very bad itching. Hives can develop when these skin areas are rubbed.

Dermatographism - close-up

Dermatographism is a condition where lightly scratching the skin raises wheals or welts. Histamine is released, which causes the small blood vessels (capillaries) to dilate, producing redness and localized swelling.

Dermatographism on the arm

Dermatographism is a condition where lightly scratching the skin raises wheals or welts. Histamine is released at the site, causing the small blood vessels (capillaries) to dilate, producing redness and localized swelling.

Urticaria pigmentosa in the armpit

Urticaria pigmentosa is characterized by few to many brownish spots which itch and, when scratched, produce welts and reddened skin. The brown spots contain cells with high levels of histamine. Individuals sometimes develop flushing and headache resulting from the massive release of histamine from these spots. This is the typical appearance of one of these spots (often referred to as a mastocytoma).

Mastocytosis, diffuse cutaneous

This is a picture of diffuse, cutaneous mastocytosis. Abnormal collections of cells in the skin (mast cells) produce this rash. Unlike bullous mastocytosis, rubbing will not lead to formation of blisters (bullae).

Urticaria pigmentosa on the chest

Urticaria pigmentosa is characterized by several to many brownish spots that itch and, when scratched, produce welts and reddened skin. The brown spots, seen here on the chest, contain mast cells with high levels of histamine. People sometimes develop generalized flushing and headaches from the massive histamine release from these spots.

Urticaria pigmentosa - close-up

Urticaria pigmentosa is characterized by several to many brownish spots that itch and, when scratched, produce welts and reddened skin. The brown spots contain mast cells with high levels of histamine. People sometimes develop generalized flushing and headaches from the massive histamine release from these spots.

Dermatographism on the back

In dermatographism, hives are readily produced if the skin is lightly scratched.

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