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Last Friday I got home from work and my elbows were itching like crazy. Finally I complained out loud after scratching them like a mad man and my gluten-free noticed that my right elbow was one big hive. (Probably from the scratching).I put triple antibiotic on it, wrapped it, and tried to not touch it. An hour later...it was gone.


Ever since then, I get a very small rash,mainly a few small bumps, on my left elbow about 8 hours after eating bread of any sort. I found out about DH mid last week and took 2 days of no gluten. Whaddya know, no hives.. 


Yesterday I have a fancy pants artisanal donut with coffee for a late breakfast at about 1030a. 1130pm rolls around and all of a sudden my left elbow starts to itch like mad. I look at it, and sure enough 2 or 3 small bumps are surfacing. 

Everytime it has happened this week it has been fewer and fewer bumps, and they all go away within 20 minutes or so.


I thought I had it figured out as DH(grandpa had Celiac's late in his life) but the short lifespan of the blisters seems to go against that. They itch like crazy, but no gut pain or anything like that to go along with the gluten theory. I'll probably call a dermatologist Monday, but with the bumps being so short lived I don't know how useful that will be.  



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Get tested for celiac disease before you go gluten free.  Antibodies take a while to ramp up, so cutting out gluten for a few days is not going to help you determine if you have celiac disease.  Autoimmune hives is common with celiac disease.  I get them for months after a gluten exposure.  Antihistamines will help with the itch, but will not necessarily reduce the hives for me.  Avoid first generation antihistamines that cross the blood brain barrier, if you take any.  

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4 hours ago, Msr87 said:

I thought I had it figured out as DH(grandpa had Celiac's late in his life) but the short lifespan of the blisters seems to go against that. They itch like crazy, but no gut pain or anything like that to go along with the gluten theory. I'l

Hello and welcome :)

i tested negative for celiac but was advised to be gluten free for life due to my reaction to the gluten challenge. It affects me in a lot of ways but digestive is not in any way my main symptom.

about a year in to gluten free I switched cereal brands to one which I thought had a 'safe' level of barley malt. Within a very short time I got a rash on my elbows exactly like the one you describe. I was already nervous about the cereal and immediately removed it from the diet" the rash, luckily, went soon after.

i have no idea if it was dh but I'm convinced it was a reaction to the gluten. 

I think you need to stay on gluten and get tested. 


Best of luck!

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