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writer73

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  1. Not saying that acne is dermatitis herpetiformis or not..but there are some postings on that board that might be helpful to you. I think your on to something with the gluten free diet helping your skin but I recommend you seeing your doctor to confirm!! I've struggled with horrible skin rashes & acne for years and am finally finding relief on a gluten free diet. But I wish I had gotten diagnosed prior to going off gluten - I see my MD next month - so I'm hopeful my results/improvement will be proof enough but I'm not sure. Good luck to you.
  2. What I've found - I tried every cream, lotion, ointment etc for YEARS..with NO relief-from hypoallergenic to prescription. Many of the products even seemed to exacerbate it. Now, since going gluten free in my diet, my skin is turning around for the better. I can actually use lotions and creams that before gave me now relief. I am glad you, KD, suggested the coconut oil - because I had tried that prior to going gluten free in my diet - because now that I am gluten-free - it is really helping. Like I mentioned before I use calmoseptine also which really helps.
  3. I've been gluten free since Sept 2012 and I did so suspecting my skin rashes, which were horrid, might be related to wheat/gluten. My skin is much better. I had terrible PMS also - and this has pretty much resolved. My PMS would start a week prior to my period - irritability, bloating, and indescribable "pressure" kind of all over that wouldn't go away until I had my period. I had to take an antidepressant to take the edge off with my irritability. Now, I might feel a little irritable a day before I get my period - but nothing major & no other symptoms. My periods are lighter and don't last as long also. I don't need the antidepressant either. I am so relieved to have found the answer to all of my problems! My energy level has improved also.
  4. I've read DH can present in different/varied types of rashes/lesions that is why - considering the stubbornness of my skin issues is why I considered going gluten free. I figured it had to be an internal matter rather than external-hygiene, soaps, lotions, etc and from the relief I'm finding from a gluten free diet I am pretty much convinced its autoimmune related to gluten. The lesions were horribly itchy resulting in a compulsive need to touch, rub, squeeze, and itch. I am having added relief from using calmoseptine cream.
  5. I am a 39 yo female & I have struggled with "acne" on my back, neck, scalp, face, and lesions on my abdomen, legs too (many of the lesions being symmetrical) since I was 14. Only the past year, in researching gluten did I discover this condition called dermatitis herpetiformis. It has been a horrible thing to have to deal with since all along I thought I had severe acne andI have spent $$$$s on product & MD visits without any relief. At the end of last summer, I decided to give a gluten free diet a try. My skin is nearly healed completely. I am so relieved. While my DH, which is what I believe I had, was more like acne - the pustules would crust and weep and take weeks to heal. I have also experienced swollen itchy eyelids & raised, pink flat rashes on my neck & back of my thighs over the years - which appear more like the DH pics I see on this forum. I am so irritated with all of the doctors I've seen that didn't help me. A while back I even had a derm do a large biopsy from a lesions on my back, but of course he didn't even mention DH. I am pretty adamant about not going back to gluten merely for testing. I think my 14 yo might have it too. She is breaking out just like I did at her age. I see my doctor in Feb and I really want her to give me Dapsone. My daughter doesn't want to be tested. So- since my skin cleared on a gluten free diet, do you think this is DH? Or am I just allergic? Any thoughts or suggestions on my story is appreciated. Thanks.