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Skin Rash And Gluten?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

Hi guys! This is my first post here, so please be overbearing in case I've posted this in the wrong forum.

First of all, I should stress that I don't have celiac disease - I've recently been tested in connection with some stomach issues and the results were negative.

Anyways, I'll be brief: I've suffered from mild acne for a couple of years now. It is very mild, so most people don't even notice it. Yet, I've been fairly annoyed with it since I refrain from eating sugary foods, junk food and so on (not really because of my skin, but because I've got to family members with diabetes so eating healthy has always been a prime concern in my family).

I did a course of Accutane, which help tremendously, but I did develop some stomach issues (my doctor has now attributed it to the Accutane, but luckily it has regressed and I don't have any symptoms of bowel diseases, which Accutane has sometimes been suspected of causing.

Yet, before I got the final results a friend of mine suggested I try a gluten-free diet. I did for nearly a week - surely not enough to rule anything out, but in the meantime I got my test results back. Since they were negative, I abandoned by diet and celebrated with a couple of beers. Next day I got a terrible skin rash on my face - it isn't visible, but I cannot help thinking that it might be related to the sudden influx of gluten that came with the beers.

Is it common to have a reaction like this after going gluten-free - even for a week - and would people who are not sensitive to gluten have a similar reaction after refraining from eating it for a while? I
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

Without knowing what you were tested for exactly and how you were tested, a negative isn't necessarily a negative. I'd think if you began to notice even slight changes after being gluten-free, re-introducing it could certainly cause reactions. I had nearly all my symptoms disappear within the first week so there's no reason to think you couldn't feel those symptoms after the same period and then changing back to gluten.

I'd suggest going gluten-free for a longer period of time if you believe you saw improvement while gluten-free. Worst case, you will eat food without gluten without harming your body at all.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

I have tiny red specks that appear in my legs almost immideatly after having gluten (signals that Im about to be sick). They disappear when Im gluten free. So its totally possible.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:08 PM

I get the same type of rash if I eat gluten. Looks kinda like blisters/acne... if I go gluten free then it slowly starts to go away
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