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Can someone please tell me how long does it take this rash to go away after going gluten free, I have not yet been diagnosised with anything as I cant get an appointment with a dermitologist for three months but I have had a rash for eight weeks, two rounds

predisone and rash still not going away read about DH and my rash sounds like it could be that. I stopped all gluten foods two weeks ago and yet rash although nit as itchy wont go away. Someone please help I am so frustrated.

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Try a low-iodine diet with the gluten-free. If it's DH that should help reduce it.

It can take years to clear up DH without Dapsone (talk to your doc), bit iodine withdrawal is a good way to snuff out the fire.

For info on a low-iodine diet google "thyca". They have info and a cookbook.

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Yes, definitely eliminate iodine! It can be found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and asparagus. Once you eliminate BOTH gluten and iodine, you should feel/see a difference very soon if you do, in fact, have Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Good luck!

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Try a low-iodine diet with the gluten-free. If it's DH that should help reduce it.

It can take years to clear up DH without Dapsone (talk to your doc), bit iodine withdrawal is a good way to snuff out the fire.

For info on a low-iodine diet google "thyca". They have info and a cookbook.

Thank you for your advice I will look into reducing iodine. I have asked my dr for Dapsone to try it however she won't give it to me because I have not yet been diagnosis yet. I don't have an appt with the dermitologist until November and the allergist I saw was a jerk and told me other then a rash I appear to be in picture perfect health. He didn't seem to care to much.

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Another thing, if it's DH make sure you moisturize with a gluten-free lotion. I like Vanicream. DH lesions get very dry and you must baby the skin while they heal. Dry skin is itchier, too.

Probably good advice for itchy skin, period.

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One thing you should know before seeing the dermatologist is that most dermatologists have absolutely NO idea how to biopsy for DH. Invariably, they'll biopsy a lesion itself, and that will result in a false-negative. You must insist that he/she biopsy the clear skin just adjacent to a lesion, NOT the lesion itself. You might try reading some of the articles on DH to see if you can print out a good one on the correct way to biopsy DH lesions so that you'll have something to back you up. Otherwise, you're likely to walk out of the visit with your dermatologist thinking that he's Dr. Jerk No. 2.

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