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Concerned About The Rash

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I have been reading quite a bit about rashes that appear in Celiacs over the last week. Many of them sound like the rash Katharine has on her butt. It comes and goes sometimes worse than others. Tonight there were little red bumps all over her little butt and sometimes is it accompanied but a red patch above her butt crack on her lower back upper butt. I thought it was heat rash as she wears a pullup at night but now I am starting to reconsider. Does this sound like a rash related to Celiacs? Is there anything I should or can do for it? Is it harmful to her or just annoying? Sometimes it itches sometimes she doesn't even know it's there. Is this rash the same as DH or just a break out due to being glutened? (Most of you already know about the Mrs. Butterworth's mix up.....gosh I am still so mad at myself for that!!!!! :angry: ) Anyway any advice, as always will be EXTREMELY appreciated! TIA

Melissa


Melissa

Diagnosed Fibromyalgia March 2007

Mom to Katharine, 5 years old diagnosed Celiac Disease Sept 2006

Peanut allergy

Michael 3 years old diagnosed infant reflux at 6 weeks

Dairy Soy allergy until 22 months

Neg blood tests and biopsy Feb 2008

Positive gluten-free dietary response

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Fall down seven times stand up eight.

"I've decided that after air, water, and dirt, the next most common substance on the planet must be gluten!"

Toni Nolte, Overland Park, Kansas

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I don't really have an answer, but your daughter's rash sounds like my daughter's rash. She is 5 and still wears pull-ups at night, as well. The rash first appeared about a year and a half ago. We had just been on vacation in the Carribbean, and I first assumed it was some sort of thing she had picked up on the beach--sand fleas, irritation from a wet bathing suit, irritation from sand, etc. I took her to the ped. after it didn't go away within a week or so, and he prescribed an antibacterial cream. Didn't work. Then we tried antibiotics and lotrimine (sp) cream. Also, did not work.

At this point, the rash really did not bother her so I dropped the matter. It would come and go...always present to some extent, but sometimes would be worse than others.

I really began to think it was just irritation from her pull-ups at night. Switched brands a couple times.

Then we went back to the doctor about 6 months ago and tried an anti-yeast cream.

Looking back I am IRRITATED with her ped (who I otherwise really do like and trust!) because he never took a swab or skin biopsy.

This is where the "Bad mom" feeling comes into play. since the rash's itchiness is MINOR, I let it go. I think Hadley got used to it, and I got used to seeing the red, pimply spots...

I just chalked it up to something she would have to deal with until she outgrew wearing pull-ups at night.

Fast forward to last week....when we had her appt. with the pediatric gastro for some celiac symptoms....they informed me that the rash can go along with Celiac Disease. BUT I will say..she does not have the classic symptoms of DH in that her rash really does not itch much at all. It does a little bit, but not the way DH is *supposed to.* From everything I have read, DH is unbearably itchy and painful, and Hadley's just ISN'T. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being itchiest, I would give it maybe a 2 or 3.

They took a skin swab at her appt. and said we would have results in 10 days.

Her blood panel for Celiac should be back today or tomorrow.

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My dd had a rash in her diaper area before going gluten-free. But now that she is gluten-free, it is gone. If she gets glutened, she sometimes gets the rash again, but it goes away in a day or 2.

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Mom of 4 beautiful girls (the 2 youngest are only 10 months apart!)
Diagnosed with Celiac disease on November 8, 2006; gluten-free as of 12-1-06.

DD#2 13 years old; diagnosed on November 28, 2006. gluten-free as of 12-7-06.
DD#3 9 years old; diagnosed through blood work in October 2006. Gluten-free as of mid-November and doing GREAT!!
DD#4 8 years old; had a scope done on 6-22-07 (at 14 months old) and the dr saw stomach ulcers, but all test results were negative. GI dr told us to put her on the gluten free diet anyway. She is gluten free as of 6-22-07.

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