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eczema after stopping gluten

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#1 ktienken

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

Hi everyone...I'm desperate for answers. I was diagnosed at the end of October. About 3 weeks AFTER I cut out the gluten, I developed Eczema on my face. I also cut out all soy, as I learned soy often has very high levels of contamination. I have never had Eczema before now...and it's only getting worse :(.

I've heard that after you cut out gluten symptoms can sometimes get worse before they get better. However, my symptoms (hives, bloating, lethargy) have gone away.

Has anyone else experienced Eczema after the fact? (or any new symptoms?). I feel so discouraged and don't know who to turn to anymore :/.

Thanks...
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

Are you sure it is eczema and not dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)? DH is the skin form of celiac disease, It is normally intensely itchy and stinging, and tends to scar. It often is characterized by blisters or pustule like heads. DH can linger in the skin (and even appear) after the antibodies have departed from the blood stream per se. It takes a long time to completely recover from it, and it can be aggravated by iodine.

There is a whole section on the forum devoted to DH, including a thread entitled DH Photo Bank where you can compare your rash to that of others and see if it is similar.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:32 PM

Are you sure it is eczema and not dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)? DH is the skin form of celiac disease, It is normally intensely itchy and stinging, and tends to scar. It often is characterized by blisters or pustule like heads. DH can linger in the skin (and even appear) after the antibodies have departed from the blood stream per se. It takes a long time to completely recover from it, and it can be aggravated by iodine.

There is a whole section on the forum devoted to DH, including a thread entitled DH Photo Bank where you can compare your rash to that of others and see if it is similar.


Thanks so much for you reply! My doctor told me it was Eczema...but I'll still check out those forums for sure. It doesn't sting, itch, or have blisters. Basically, my face is just very dry and it gets red and forms tiny little bumps in between my eyebrows, the sides and beneath my nose and my chin. So, do you think it started as a reaction to all the gluten still coming out of my system?
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

It is really hard to say what it is, ken. So many of us have so many different skin reactions to things we eat. Did the doctor give you anything for the eczema, and if so has it helped? If it does not get any worse you might try to wait it out since at the moment it's just irritating. But you are at about the point where other intolerances often come to the fore after the removal of gluten. You might experiment with your diet and keep a log of food and symptoms to see if you can pinpoint it. :)
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Lactose free 1990
(Mis)diagnosed IBS, fibromyalgia '80's and '90's
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Self-diagnosed gluten intolerant, gluten-free Nov. 2007
Soy free March 2008
Nightshade free Feb 2009
Citric acid free June 2009
Potato starch free July 2009
(Totally) corn free Nov. 2009
Legume free March 2010
Now tolerant of lactose

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