So when you go in to get a skin biopsy, what should you tell the doctor? "please make sure to take the biopsy 'next to' the lesion and not on top of it? How do you know that it is done correctly? Are there any guidelines that you all can share with me?
My husband gets this rash that comes and goes - he's been getting it for years and even before I knew about dh, I was convinced he had celiac;) His aunt was recently biopsy-diagnosed celiac and he has had some testing done - he's DQ2 + but had negative bloodwork (and even a negative biopsy but he'd been gluten free for quite some time before the biopsy and had only recently re-introduced gluten!)
Anyway - I *think* I've convinced him to go get a biopsy while he has the rash now. He was brainstorming about what could have caused it - kept mentioning how he thought maybe he was becoming allergic to seafood because he had seafood the night before it appeared and he seems to remember similar things happening in the past after eating seafood (but not every time).
I've read here that iodine can make rash symptoms worse - so I'm wondering if this could be the possible connection to the seafood? He also said that he gets it often on vacation and always thought it might be a reaction to sunscreen, so maybe it's not dh. I don't know. Unless sunscreen has iodine too? Or maybe he's eating more seafood on vacation!
Anyway - so I'm just looking for some advice on what to do with the doctor. Exactly what to say (or research beforehand) to make sure the biopsy is done correctly.
And also if you could let me know if you think this sounds like dh. My hubs has all sorts of horrible GI symptoms, weight loss, has been told it's IBS... definitely reacts to gluten and feels much better when gluten free. The rash is not really the fluid-filled bumps that I've read about though - more like widespread small pimples but very itchy. On his abdomen/chest mostly. I'm not sure if it's on his elbows/knees or anywhere else (he's not here right now or else I would examine him!)
Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks:)