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Red Rash On Forearms
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I posted this under someone else's topic in another catergory so I thought I would repost it here.

I am dealing with a crazy rash on my arms. Mine are tiny red raised bumps that are forming a huge raised patch on both of my forearms and are now extending up past my elbows. They are extremely itchy. I don't have blisters that I can see, but when I scratch them I can feel a watery liquid. Even though it has raised bumps my skin feels slick like everything is burned together. I have had them since last Wednesday and no medicine is working on it. I suspected my daughter as having celiac and she was diagnosed with DH in May. I went gluten free with her to make it easier on her. We both ended up getting glutened last week. She has a few bumps, I have a ton. Any idea what this could be. Thanks, Claudia

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Could be exactly what you think it is, DH. Why don't you go have it tested where your daughter was tested? As you know, celiac disease is hereditary.

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Hi ang1e0251,

Thanks for your reply. I didn't get it tested because we don't have insurance anymore. With all of my daughters health problems they raised it twice in one year and we couldn't afford it anymore. The itching isn't as bad as it was, but the bumps are still there. We are double checking everything we eat now and we are making sure we are gluten free. I don't want her to get as sick as she was last year. She missed her junior year of high school and was on the homebound program. She also doesn't want the rash to come back like it was in March. It lasted 2 months.

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Hi ang1e0251,

Thanks for your reply. I didn't get it tested because we don't have insurance anymore. With all of my daughters health problems they raised it twice in one year and we couldn't afford it anymore. The itching isn't as bad as it was, but the bumps are still there. We are double checking everything we eat now and we are making sure we are gluten free. I don't want her to get as sick as she was last year. She missed her junior year of high school and was on the homebound program. She also doesn't want the rash to come back like it was in March. It lasted 2 months.

Wow, I'm sorry to read that you and your daughter have to deal with DH. After living with it for about ten years undiagnosed (and have only been self diagnosed since March) I can tell you that nothing you use topicly will help, I'v tried everything! The only thing that makes a diffrence is a STRICT gluten free diet. Be careful about soap, lotion, makeup, shampo, ect. I have dicovered that those items can contain gluten as well! After my last rash I tried to figure out what I ate that had gluten in it and came up empty handed, while the rash stayed for days I finaly figured out it was a new body lotion! Once I switched back to my old stand by the rash cleared up. Good luck, I hope this helps.

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Thanks for your reply. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. My internet has been off and on for about a month and a half. AT&T has been having problems with it. Thanks for reminding me about lotions. I totally forgot to check that. Thank goodness it has gone away. My forearms now have scarring on it that looks like I've had a bad burn that has healed.

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