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CBL

Member Since 16 Jul 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 21 2004 04:39 AM
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I Have A Terrible Rash--is It Cd?

16 July 2004 - 04:44 AM

I just discovered celiac disease and have not yet restricted gluten from my diet. I suspect it might be a cause of my rash, though.

My rash lies dormant, usually in the winter; hot humid weather seems to encourage it.

It starts looking like a small red insect bite; it is extremely itchy. It gets bigger over the course of ~10 days and it turns into an oozing blister. Sometimes multiple rash "spots" will spread and blister and then merge together and become one large open sore (this mostly happens on my palms). The pain and itching is unbearable.

The rashes can appear on my arms. legs, neck. The mostly come in clusters.

My rash first appeared in my mid twenties. No one (MD, dermo) one could tell me what it was. I thought it was a form of excema.

I've been treated with pregnizone (cortizone shot) and topical steroid cremes; this dries it out temporarily.

Regarding other symptons of celiac disease: I also have some gastrointestinal issues, although I've always just assumed that I had a "spastic colon". I have leg cramping. I'm having trouble with depression. I can't gain weight.

Please help! Any advice or information would be appreciated. I don't have insurance, so I need all the help i can get!

Thanks!

Carter