Celiac.com Sponsor (A1):


Join eNewsletter


Celiac.com Sponsor (A1-m):



Join eNewsletter
  • Join Our Community!

    Ask us a question in our celiac / gluten-free forum.

  • Record is Archived

    This article is now archived and is closed to further replies.

    Scott Adams

    What is dermatitis herpetiformis? What does it have to do with celiac disease?

    Scott Adams
    0
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a severely itchy skin condition that often starts abruptly, affecting the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, and back. It usually starts as little bumps that can become tiny blisters and then are usually scratched off. DH can occur in only one spot, but more often appears in several areas.

    The condition is related to IgA deposits under the skin. These occur as a result of ingesting gluten. These deposits take a long time to clear up, even when the patient is on a gluten-free diet.



    Celiac.com Sponsor (A12):






    Celiac.com Sponsor (A12-m):




    While most individuals with DH do not have obvious GI symptoms, almost all have some damage in their intestine. They have the potential for all of the nutritional complications of celiac disease. It is believed by some GI professionals that most DH patients do indeed have celiac disease.

    It is unusual to develop DH after a celiac patient starts a gluten-free diet. About 5% of celiac patients will develop DH, either before being diagnosed or within the first year on the diet. The fact that DH can develop even after starting the diet is probably due to the long lasting nature of the IgA deposits.

    For more information see the Dermatitis Herpetiformis page.

    0

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.



    Guest
    This is now closed for further comments

  • About Me

    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.


  • Celiac.com Sponsor (A17):
    Celiac.com Sponsor (A17):





    Celiac.com Sponsors (A17-m):




  • Related Articles

    Scott Adams
    Celiac.com 05/29/2020 - Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects around 1% of the population. People with celiac disease suffer an autoimmune reaction when they consume wheat, rye or barley because they cannot break down a proline-rich protein found in them called gliadin. The resulting autoimmune reaction causes destruction of the villi in the small intestine, which results in malabsorption of nutrients. Untreated celiac disease can lead to serious issues over time, including a higher risk for certain deadly cancers.
    Celiac disease is also called coeliac disease, nontropical sprue, celiac sprue, gluten intolerant enteropathy, and g...

    Scott Adams
    Celiac.com 06/02/2020 - The symptoms of celiac disease can vary depending on how the type of celiac disease a person has. Celiac disease can be broken down into three types: The first type, classical, in which patients present with gastrointestinal symptoms, malabsorption syndrome and/or diarrhea. The second type, non-classical, in which patients experience extra-intestinal and/or gastrointestinal symptoms other than diarrhea. The third type, subclinical, with no visible symptoms. 
    There are Over 200 Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease
    Some patients have several of these signs and symptoms of celiac disease, some just a few. Many report non-...

    Scott Adams
    Celiac.com 06/26/2020 - The only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet. 
    No Cure for Celiac Disease
    No prescription drug or home remedy can cure celiac disease. There is no operation or medical procedure that can cure celiac disease.
    Gluten-Free Diet Key to Celiac Wellness
    However, people with celiac disease can live happy, healthy, normal lives by eliminating wheat rye and/or barley, and following a dedicated gluten-free diet.
    Avoid Unsafe Non-Gluten-Free Foods
    This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, barley, oats, and a few other lesser-known grains. These foods and ingredients are u...

    Scott Adams
    The following was posted by Kemp Randolph on the Celiac Listserv news group krand@pipeline.com:
    The difference is that between two immune related reactions, allergy and intolerance. I asked the question of the technical difference between the two some time ago and got no response. Its not based on overt symptoms, thats for sure. Were also not talking about the difference between latent celiac disease and overt weight-loss, apple belly celiac disease. You can be allergic and intolerant of the same substance or food In the case of milk, its lactose(milk carbohydrate) intolerance and milk protein allergy.
    My non-professional stab at the difference...