Comments: 373 • Responses: 39 • Date: 2018-01-23 12:49:42 UTCsource
YourAverageOutlier240 karma2018-01-23 12:58:29 UTC
Do your close friends attempt to draw dicks on you when you're not paying attention?
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bryoIogy298 karma2018-01-23 13:09:28 UTC
In the past, yes. Especially in high school. Now I’m in college so everyone too busy trying to survive to bother
Whirlpoolgby16 karma2018-01-23 17:36:01 UTC
Hate to break this to you, but I'm 46 with the same condition and my friends still draw dicks on my arms in the pub.
bryoIogy9 karma2018-01-23 17:37:13 UTC
I feel you bro
bubbaluppa221 karma2018-01-23 12:59:12 UTC
Does your butthole get more itchy if you scratch it? And have you ever had a rash from severe wiping?
bryoIogy182 karma2018-01-23 13:21:00 UTC
Nope, it doesn’t affect the crotch or anal region. Sometimes I get the rashes on my buttcheeks but that’s as far as it goes.
Carlotinous155 karma2018-01-23 12:52:53 UTC
So, do you draw on your skin with your fingernail or do you use like a pen with a cap on it?
bryoIogy128 karma2018-01-23 13:06:07 UTC
Fingernail, but an ‘off’ ballpoint pen works well too. If I want to create finer lines, I use a toothpick. A capped pen is probably too blunt to exert enough force for me
AreYouHereToKillMe29 karma2018-01-23 13:27:23 UTC
So what are you going to do with all this karma? Invest in research?
bryoIogy66 karma2018-01-23 13:39:57 UTC
ImBoB99155 karma2018-01-23 13:02:24 UTC
Did you ever write formulas and such on your arms to cheat on tests? Sounds like a legit idea hehe
bryoIogy92 karma2018-01-23 13:27:45 UTC
I’ve never tried, I personally think it’s too easy to get caught. It’s definitely possible if you really wanted to and wore long sleeves to cover it up and such, but it seems like too much trouble
iloveDRS81 karma2018-01-23 12:58:04 UTC
Ever tried "colouring" your entire skin layer before?
bryoIogy100 karma2018-01-23 13:08:55 UTC
Nope! That sounds time consuming and potentially itch-inducing.
Zomeese72 karma2018-01-23 13:00:58 UTC
What's the weirdest thing you've drawn on yourself?
gt-iNrDz66 karma2018-01-23 13:04:22 UTC
dickbutt i'd say..
bryoIogy140 karma2018-01-23 13:16:17 UTC
He’s right. Dickbutt.
One time I was bored in class and just poked my arm lightly with a toothpick all over. It ended up looking pretty scary, like measles or something
cchgray52 karma2018-01-23 12:58:15 UTC
I have this too! I used to draw dicks on my arm in middle school to get a laugh, lol. I never knew it had a name though
I was wondering if your skin peels on your palms and fingertips at an abnormally high rate? I have this too and am curious if they could be related. It’s called something like dyshydrosis. (Wrong spelling)
bryoIogy32 karma2018-01-23 13:08:29 UTC
Nope, I have sweaty palms but as far as I’ve studied they’re not related.
Dyshidrosis is a form of eczema though, which is in fact related to urticaria. They all fall under the ‘atopic’ (allergic) family of conditions, alongside with things like as asthma and allergic rhinitis.
_Zax__43 karma2018-01-23 12:57:03 UTC
Have you lived with this your whole life? Or as a kid did you find out by drawing something?
bryoIogy43 karma2018-01-23 13:20:25 UTC
Got it when I was 14, lived with it till now (24).
Vic_Vmdj4 karma2018-01-23 18:11:39 UTC
Holy shit, I know you won't read this, but I believe I have what you have. I got it like 3 years ago, is there a name for this?
bryoIogy6 karma2018-01-23 18:29:53 UTC
It’s called dermatographism, also known as dermatographia or dermatographic urticaria. They’re different names for the same thing
chenboi36 karma2018-01-23 13:02:29 UTC
Besides your genitals, are there any other places which aren't affected?
bryoIogy38 karma2018-01-23 13:24:01 UTC
My face and scalp have never been affected as far as I can remember, and the asscrack/anal region has been thankfully free as well
Username_G0es_Here28 karma2018-01-23 12:59:46 UTC
When did you find out you had this super power?
Edit: also does this happen all over? Like even your face? Or just in certain areas.
bryoIogy10 karma2018-01-23 13:21:34 UTC
Answers in main post!:)
PineappleLife325 karma2018-01-23 13:06:19 UTC
Hey nice to meet another weirdo like me. I’m in the the small group of being allergic to water. My skin does something similar to yours when in contact with rain, ocean, shower, and even sweat. I also have to to antihistamines daily but my situation is mild compared to other with it. It’s called Aquagenic Pruritus and the worst one is called Aquagenic Urticaria. Those people can’t even drink water. Is your hereditary like mine? And does vibrations affect you at all with your condition?
bryoIogy16 karma2018-01-23 13:34:07 UTC
Yup, this is all under the group of conditions known as urticaria, which are subdivided according to their triggers. Those with a trigger of mechanical contact/pressure are known as dermatographism. Medically, no one knows exactly what causes it but it’s likely genetic, there’s a link to it an allergic conditions like asthma/allergic rhinitis/eczema.
Vibrations never seemed to be an issue for me.
Water as a trigger while very rare is definitely much harder to live with, I hope it doesn’t affect your lifestyle too much! Take care man:)
TheAnxiousFrog20 karma2018-01-23 13:00:53 UTC
Has your condition ever caused you any awkward moments/do you have any interesting tales related to your condition?
Also, how do you cope with taking antihistamines daily? If I take one (hay fever) I'm pretty much comatose for two days, regardless of whether it's a first generation AH or if it's a new "non-drowsy" AH, and if you have any tips to avoid being essentially narcoleptic all the time I'd love to hear your secret (or is it just a case of tolerance building over time?)
bryoIogy15 karma2018-01-23 13:19:52 UTC
Not any of the top of my head, but it’s useful when you’re getting to know a group of people and they want to play an icebreaker like ‘ everyone say something interesting about yourself’ - I usually open with ‘I can draw on my skin and it’ll appear as a rash!’
I take a 3rd generation antihistamine which has less drowsy effects, and it works well for me and I’ve never had any side effects that I’ve noticed. 1st gen antihistamines definitely make you much sleepier. But this really differs from patient to patient, some people just are really susceptible to the drowsiness regardless of which generation it is. Unfortunately it’s not something you can change or do much about:(
Deadsparton76 karma2018-01-23 13:21:38 UTC
I use a non drowsy antihistamines and I’m fine, I used them for 2 weeks straight, I’m highly allergic to animals salvia, I have around 14 animals at my house so, it gets pretty bad.
I stopped taking them daily since I didn’t want it to wear off, and taking anything for a little time can’t be too good.
bryoIogy8 karma2018-01-23 13:30:23 UTC
You should see your doctor about this. If you’re highly allergic to something you should try to avoid exposure to it, you always run the risk of anaphylactic shock which is life-threatening.
If you feel that your antihistamines are ‘wearing off’ or not working well for you, you should try changing to a different antihistamine under medical supervision. Not taking your medication will just increase the likelihood that you’ll get a flare.
Bennyboi213 karma2018-01-23 13:02:31 UTC
Do you draw a dick on the weekly? Dont lie to me!
bryoIogy10 karma2018-01-23 13:30:51 UTC
I hardly draw anything on my skin! I’ve gotten so used to it that most of the time I forget it’s even there
Rainlocke12 karma2018-01-23 13:10:42 UTC
Is your palette only the one colour?
bryoIogy82 karma2018-01-23 13:38:50 UTC
I plan to use all this karma to unlock more colours. Stay tuned
Ainteasybeincheezy12 karma2018-01-23 13:06:56 UTC
What are intimate encounters like?? What effect does it have on your skin??
bryoIogy20 karma2018-01-23 13:36:29 UTC
Doesn’t affect me at all. At most I’ll get some scratches on my back that looks worse than it is but I wear that proudly;)
TheGreatGashby11 karma2018-01-23 13:13:43 UTC
Are you able to get tattoos?
bryoIogy9 karma2018-01-23 16:28:54 UTC
I’m personally not interested in getting one for myself, but it’s possible for those with dermatographism to get it, considering the tattoo artist is willing and the condition isn’t too severe. It would be difficult for them to do a good job what with all the redness and swelling that will occur during the process
RyderSmith260011 karma2018-01-23 13:04:44 UTC
How long do your doodles last?
bryoIogy11 karma2018-01-23 13:38:07 UTC
Half an hour to an hour at most
xconomicron6 karma2018-01-23 13:56:27 UTC
I JUST contracted dermatographia and I'm 30! It's annoying as hell. At first I was thinking it started because of an underlying medication I was taking, but now I'm starting to think either stress or my radiotherapy / recent surgery caused it.
I've been taking Benadryl to subside the symptoms, but the drowsiness is a problem. Do you take any antihistamines?
bryoIogy3 karma2018-01-23 16:25:32 UTC
Stress is a known trigger that increases the frequency of flares.
I take fexofenadine (marketed as Telfast in my country, may differ in yours) and it works well without side effects for me.
Bleumoon_Selene4 karma2018-01-23 12:59:38 UTC
When did you discover this condition? When it first occurred was it frightening? Assuming you haven't had his condition since you were very young.
bryoIogy21 karma2018-01-23 13:14:55 UTC
Funny story: I actually found out about this condition when my childhood friend had it. He was wearing a tank top and told me not to slap him because it would appear as a red handprint. Of course, being a young kid, I immediately slapped his arm and delighted in the result. 2 years later I started developing it as well. Call it karma:P
Also, to those who think it might be contagious just from the above story - I’ve done my dermatology posting, as far as we’re aware it’s not linked to any infection. There’s a strong correlation of dermatographism to those with a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma, eczema or allergic rhinitis. The general consensus is that it’s influenced by genetics.
Lord_of_the_Realm4 karma2018-01-23 13:31:14 UTC
Does it itch or hurt?
How much pressure do you have to apply for it to work?
bryoIogy2 karma2018-01-23 16:32:36 UTC
Itches a little, but this varies. Sometimes it’s itchy as hell, sometimes I don’t feel anything and just see the rash.
Moderate pressure, best way to describe it is just take an ‘off’ ballpoint pen and rub it against your skin without causing pain.
kiefydreams4 karma2018-01-23 14:36:11 UTC
Kind of off topic, but if your username implies your field of study, what is so interesting about a bryophyte? I mean, from the 5 minutes of research on Wikipedia they look like a weird pickle flower.
If not, well then shit.
P.S: If this hasn't already been asked, is it physically painful/discomforting at all or just a strange disorder?
bryoIogy4 karma2018-01-23 14:38:08 UTC
It’s just a play on my name which starts with bry, I’m a medical student and don’t actually study bryology.
All questions answered here
ImFrom3017Peasants4 karma2018-01-23 12:58:18 UTC
Have any of your friends ever drawn a dick on you?
bryoIogy5 karma2018-01-23 13:34:28 UTC
Many times when I was a teenager, not anymore
nhchan2343 karma2018-01-23 13:04:09 UTC
How do you deal with itches that are not related to dermatographism?
bryoIogy4 karma2018-01-23 13:25:03 UTC
That’s a difficult question to answer and really depends on the cause of your rash/itch. I strongly suggest you see a doctor if you’re concerned about it
Kortemann3 karma2018-01-23 13:02:07 UTC
How common is this?
What is the wierdest thing you've "used" it for?
bryoIogy7 karma2018-01-23 13:22:59 UTC
It’s not as common as things like asthma or high blood pressure, but it’s not altogether rare either. My initial post on r/mildlyinteresting had plenty of people saying ‘oh i have this too!’
throwignaway1 karma2018-01-23 13:05:10 UTC
Do you get rashes on the inside of your hands ever? Like on your palms or something. Is it possible?
bryoIogy3 karma2018-01-23 13:37:40 UTC
I don’t, but it’s possible. Everyone has different areas that are affected but more common ones are the trunk and limbs
Niall_Allison1 karma2018-01-23 13:02:18 UTC
How big are your arms? Like could you draw a banana for scale please?
bryoIogy1 karma2018-01-23 13:23:26 UTC
What if I drew a small banana?
UknightThePeople1 karma2018-01-23 13:05:07 UTC
Are there advantages to this condition? Besides karma, of course
bryoIogy3 karma2018-01-23 13:38:22 UTC
It’s a cool party trick but that’s it.
Ky__0 karma2018-01-23 13:08:57 UTC
are you able to “write” everywhere on your body (except for your genitals as you mentioned) when it acts up like that?
bryoIogy1 karma2018-01-23 13:44:09 UTC
Almost everywhere, places where I definitely don’t get it are my genitals, anal region, face, scalp, palms and soles of my feet.
abortings0 karma2018-01-23 12:59:25 UTC
Have you had this your whole life?
bryoIogy1 karma2018-01-23 13:21:19 UTC
Answer in main post!:)
ReneRedd0 karma2018-01-23 13:01:36 UTC
Do you get this in your face/neck?
bryoIogy1 karma2018-01-23 13:22:01 UTC
My neck yes, don’t think I’ve ever noticed it on my face though
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