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Dermatitis Herpetiformis (PICS)

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Hey Guys,

I have posted here in a while. So recently my sister was diagnosed with Celiac. My issues have been on going for years. Brain fog, anxiety, ups and downs mentally, stomach issues (mainly alternating between constipation and diarrhea), skin boils, can't lose weight, hypothroidism. Anyways over the past 3 years I get this rash occasionally on my elbow. I had the blood test done twice maybe 10 years ago and it came back negative. I am thinking of getting the test again. I have attached pictures of the elbow rash. Perhaps someone can tell me if it looks like DH. The rash is only on one arm and comes and goes. It is not always there. When it is there it is itchy, the it scabs over and heals.

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It could be DH.  Hard to say based on a photo.    Best to get it biopsied by a celiac-savvy dermatologist.  (Make sure they biopsy correctly.) If you get retested (blood test), make sure you get the complete panel.  Know that some celiacs are seronegative.  In that case, intestinal or skin biopsies are needed.  You have a sister who has celiac.  Your chances are 44% based on a recent study from Mayo Clinic.  
 

What kind of hypothyroidism?  Did they check your thyroid antibodies to see if the root cause is autoimmune?  While could or could not have celiac diseases you could have some other form of autoimmune or both.  I was diagnosed first with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis long before they finally caught my celiac disease.  

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