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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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This is a very "sensitive" topic. Has anyone confused DH with hemmeroids? I know this is weird and that hemmeroids come with constipation and diareha ( sorry my spelling stinks) that follows celiac disease/DH. But this is just lingering longer than expected and NOTHING is helping. Some days I feel like I will loose my mind for all of the itching. And it is not like itching makes it any better. And you sure cant do that in public!

I am really embarrased to ask this but I really need to know if what I am experienceing is normal. Anyones kind reply will be helpful.

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I can't say that I have experienced this, but if I were you I would go see your doctor. I know it's embarassing and all, but you might be suffering needlessly. My mother in law had terrible hemerroid problems and ended up needing surgery to correct them, but now she is no longer troubled.

Do you have DH elsewhere?

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I do have DH on elbows and stomach right now. Accidental gluten at wedding shower in May and have had small break out ever since. Thats why I was wondering about the other. I have thought about the surgury. I just dont want to jump the gun and then find out it is DH. Thanks for the input. It is invaluable to be able to ask questions here before I get to the doctor.

Actually it was a situation much like the one I am in that led to the diagnosis of DH. I went to my GP for severe itching in that area. She did not know what was wrong, sent me to a specialist. He didn't know what was wrong. After quite a bit of suffering my elbows broke out and a Dermitologist diagnosed DH. With a gluten-free diet none of these symptoms have beeen a problem. It is the accidental glutening that has brought this question to the front of my mind.

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Well it could be, no two people are the same. I have gotten it on my bum, but not quite in that specific area (close though). Good luck, I really hope that gets better.

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This is a very "sensitive" topic.  Has anyone confused DH with hemmeroids?  I know this is weird and that hemmeroids come with constipation and diareha ( sorry my spelling stinks) that follows celiac disease/DH.  But this is just lingering longer than expected and NOTHING is helping.  Some days I feel like I will loose my mind for all of the itching.  And it is not like itching makes it any better.  And you sure cant do that in public!

I am really embarrased to ask this but I really need to know if what I am experienceing is normal.  Anyones kind reply will be helpful.

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I have found through trial and error that I cannot eat anything that contains citric acid and chocolate. I have the same problem. Even eating very cheap chocolate will do it. I use a cortizone based cream that my husband got from the doctor for his DH. Give it a try and go off these things for a while and see what happens. You may have sensitivites to other things.

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I have found through trial and error that I cannot eat anything that contains citric acid and chocolate.  I have the same problem.  Even eating very cheap chocolate will do it.  I use a cortizone based cream that my husband got from the doctor for his DH.  Give it a try and go off these things for a while and see what happens.  You may have sensitivites to other things.

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OMG! Give up chocolate and citric acid. This is the pits. I guess I will lose a little weight. I know I shouldn's complain at least their might be a non invasive way to get rid of this awful problem! Thanks for the pointer. I will give it a try.

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Yes, the DH/celiac disease can cause anal itching. Yes, hemorrhoids are a possibility.

There is also a far more "normal person" possibility that is pretty common in the south. If you have children who play outside or if you do much gardening, you might have pinworms. These get into your system and come out to lay their eggs just outside the anal opening. The way to check this possibility is to wait until it is dark at night and then take a flashlight and mirror to check the area. Alternatively, you can use the sticky side of some tape and get a sample from the area and place it against a dark piece of paper. If there are small (1/4") white "threads" or tiny roundish white spots, you may have worms. No need to panic or run to the doctor. A quick trip to the pharmacist for a bottle of meds and you can get rid of them. It is OTC. Just be sure you also wash your sheets in hot water daily for several days and vacuum your house and furniture well.

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Matilda:

Thanks for the link!!! Man, I thought I was going nuts. Not that I am glad anyone else has this problem, however, since people do I am really thankful they are wiling to talk about it!

I just finished looking at the link and reading the postings. Not that I have an answer for the cause, but I know I am in "good company".

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Thanks I forgot about that possibility. Yuck! Isn't this so much fun?

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I have found through trial and error that I cannot eat anything that contains citric acid and chocolate.  I have the same problem.  Even eating very cheap chocolate will do it.  I use a cortizone based cream that my husband got from the doctor for his DH.  Give it a try and go off these things for a while and see what happens.  You may have sensitivites to other things.

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I am new to this group. I have the same problem and I eat chocolate everyday! It is pretty much my one luxury. That is going to be hard to give up, but if it makes a difference, it is worth a try!

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I was looking up something else and I came across this, thought you might be interested:

http://www.skinsite.com/info_pruritus_ani.htm

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Thanks for the info! I started thinking some more after I made my post, and I actually think my H problem might be related to caffienated coffee.

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