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Can Anyone Explain What Dh Symptoms Are?
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Hi,

I thought DH was a rash that affected your knees and elbows. From the little I have read, it sounds that many of you have other symptoms. Can you list some common symptoms or your own symptoms? Can you tell me if my skin problems could be DH?

I had a biopsy diagnosis of Celiacs a little over a year ago. I have been gluten-free ever since with a few accidents. Since then I have noticed that if I touch gluten, I have problems. Like touch a piece of bread and those finger tips split open and bleed. The whole hand dries out and does not respond to cream. I know I have used at least one hair dye that made me crampy and sick, but I did not have my typical gluten ungestion reaction. And yes my scalp took forever to recover from that hair dye, which was my last one until I find something safe. Gluten in the lipstick cause my lips to crack open and bleed. That was fun too :(

Any thoughts?

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This sound more like a topical allergy reaction to wheat. It is NOT DH, nor is it a celiac reaction.

DH is the itchy clear blisters on various parts of your body. The only reason your skin would crack is from scratching them.

richard

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:huh: just last week or so i read where sometimes you can get headaches from using shampoo that contains wheat--i always use pantene, which does not contain wheat, but had decided to try tresemme--i was using it when i read the connection with headaches and wheat and have decided not to use it anymore for my hair--BUT--not thinking, i just washed my car--i had read where using shampoo to wash your car works well because it rinses clean--i was not thinking :rolleyes: when i decided to use the tresemme on the car--my hands are very dry now and where the shampoo touched my legs i have hives developing :( --i just looked down at my legs and seen the red blotches--duh :blink: huh--i guess maybe i learned a good lesson today--i never touch regular bread anymore so i havent had a reaction to that and if i do touch anything that contains gluten i wash my hands right away ;) i sure should have been wearing my thinking cap today :lol: deb
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Thanks for the replies. I seem tp have Deb's problem with toughing the gluten. Maybe one day soon I'll get an allergy test to see if a true allergy to wheat is the contact problem.

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