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Does Dh Always Result In Pustules?

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:39 AM

I am too tired and brain fogged to read through the scientific description of various DH types that's pinned to this board! My 3 yo gets really angry-looking red areas of inflammation that have tiny red dots - usually just a few compared to the size of the inflamed itchy area. They never break open, only if she's happened to scratch one open. They do not seem pussy at all, just red dots. We'd thought it was a reaction to something in our old apt but today she again has a patch on the back of her hand, and we moved a month ago.

We took her gluten-free 1 week ago, and yesterday, day 6 of gluten-free, my hubby forgot and let her have a slice of pizza. :/ When she woke up this am she was complaining about her hand. It does itch but is NOT driving her to distraction as I would expect DH to do. So it probably isn't that but I thought I'd ask here just in case...

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

Aly, it's hard to say but the fact that it isn't itching like mad is an indication it's not dh. There are many skin conditions associated with celiac disease & it could be any number of them. We celiacs tend to have skin sensitivities. It WOULD help though if you could take a photo & post it. Also, if you give her an antihistamine & it clears up then it's not dh. Antihistamines can help with the itching of dh but they will not clear up the dh so that is sort of a test for dh in some respects. Then again, it may not be itching her like crazy right now but build to itching like nuts --- especially at night & that would be more indicative of dh.
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Self diagnosed dh Sept. 2011~~~ confirmed dx July 18, 2012
Gluten free Dec. 2011
Soy free Dec. 2011
Hubs self diagnosed dh March 30, 2012
Hubs gluten free March 30, 2012

Summer 2013 We both have added back a little soy which is near unavoidable & we are doing okay with that small amount.




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Posted 26 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

You refer to 'pustules'.

I know there are people who have a variety of lesions, but for my part I have never had anything that I would call a pustule, which suggests 'puss'.

My lesions have always had blood or clear bloody fluid.

In the 'pre-DH' or 'post-DH' stage (if there is such a thing), the lesions seem to be without fluid and just involve inflammed patches, broken or scaly skin which never seems to heal over a long period.

Itching or stinging to the extreme is characteristic. The fact she was complaining about it suggests that it IS itching or stinging, but perhaps she just hasn't got an extreme case. Yet.
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