Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Overview

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a severe itchy, blistering skin disease caused by gluten intolerance.  DH is related to celiac disease since both are autoimmune disorders caused by gluten intolerance, but they are separate diseases.

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Signs and Symptoms

Although people with DH do not usually have digestive symptoms, they often have the same intestinal damage as people with celiac disease.

The rash usually occurs on the elbows, knees, and buttocks.

Diagnosis and Tests

DH is diagnosed through a skin biopsy, which involves removing a tiny piece of skin near the rash and testing it for the IgA antibody.

Treatment and Prevention

DH is treated with a gluten-free diet; conventional medication such as dapsone or sulfapyridine may be used to control the rash but may be required for several years.

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Dermatitis Herpetiformis:

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Risk factors for Dermatitis Herpetiformis:

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