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MandeeTheGreat

Member Since 06 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 26 2013 03:28 PM
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I Hope The Derm Has Answers For Me!

08 March 2013 - 08:08 AM

Here are some pictures of the rash I have. It starts out just itchy skin but then little fluid filled spots pop up. They are incredibly itchy. I cant stop myself from itching and most creams or remedies make it worse. The way it looks now is after I scratch it all open on my sleep, I wish i had a picture of the fluid filled bumps. Then it will heal all up (leaves discoloration for awhile and scarring) and slowly disappear or flare on and of for awhile. I have been having it happen since I was a pre-teen but the doctors all would either say they didn't know what it was or that they think its eczema or atopic dermatitis. It happens on elbows, fingers, feet and occasionally on legs. I never made the connection to gluten until this recent outbreak was triggered by eating gluten for a week. (other symptoms are stomach upset, brain fog, mouth sores, bloating, nausea, fatigue, hair loss, easy bruising and vitamin d deficiency)  Currently it is on my elbow, where it is most often but otherwise I will get the little fluid filled blisters randomly on my hands or other areas individually. I scheduled an derm appointment for Tuesday in hopes that they will do a punch biopsy and see if its DH. I have already gone gluten free because I noticed the correlation to my symptoms, so I cant do any other testing. I hope it doesn't go away again before I get to the derm. I tried looking up pictures of DH and other rashes to compare it, and I just end up confused. It seems like there are multiple types of DH or that it morphs different ways?? 

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Benefit To Getting Diagnosed?

06 March 2013 - 06:40 AM

Does anyone know if the gluten rash "Dermatitis herpetiformis" occurs only with Celiac disease or can it occur with gluten intolerance as well? I am getting mixed results while researching. Are there any benefits to being diagnosed Celiac? I get very ill from eating wheat (gastrointestinal symptoms, lethargy, gluten rash, nausea, foggy mind, stomach cramps etc) and I realized that, so I removed it from my diet. Then I told my doctor about it and she said there was no reason to do any testing, that if I knew it was a problem I just shouldn't eat it. Gluten isn't healthy anyway. But now I am wondering if it would be good to find out for sure if I have Celiac disease or just am gluten intolerant.