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Is Dh Considered A Fungus Infection?


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#1 catarific

 
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:19 PM

From what I have been reading about fungus infections - DH seems very simlar. Is it considered more a fungus infection rather than psoriasis?
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:51 PM

It is an allergic reaction to gluten. I don't believe there is any evidence for the involvement of any microbial organism.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:53 PM

As itchy said - it's a dermatological reaction to gluten. Specifically, IgA deposits in the skin that cause the rash/itch.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 06:16 PM

It can be mistaken for a fungal infection.
But that is due to misdiagnosis rather than fungus being the cause.

Mine was treated for fungus many times with no change.

My son had it too and was treated with antifungals...but that was because of mis-diagnoses. We both have DH and avoiding gluten is the only thing that will calm the inflammation.
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:30 PM

Another common misdiagnosis is scabies.

There are probably a lot more mistakes, because it takes a long time for most people to get diagnosed with DH.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:16 AM

It is not either an allergic or a fungus reaction. DH is an autoimmune reaction caused by antibody action in the skin.
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