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Could This Be (mild) Dh?

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A few months before I figured out that I couldn't eat gluten, I started getting bumps on my ankles. They were little red bumps that were itchy and painful, and they took a really, really long time to heal. The eventually left purple marks for several weeks after they subsided. I assumed they were just spider bites or something similar at the time, because I was in a dorm that had a lot of spiders (yuck!).

Around this time, I also developed some really, really itchy patches on my knees that felt kind of swollen, and my normal eczema medication wasn't helping it at all.

Going gluten free seemed to help a lot initially, but I went through a period of about a year in which it was very difficult for me to avoid gluten totally- I was living in a sorority house where I couldn't just cook, not living at home, not having access to a kitchen. I was constantly sick again, and it wasn't until this August that I actually finally had my own place and have really become a lot more diligent about the foods I eat. I never did anything like eat bread or pasta, but was getting low doses of gluten in my food from cross contamination very often... we got a new chef in January that baked my sandwich on gluten free bread on a pan full of gluten crumbs, for example. During this time, I sporadically got spots on my legs that looked like pimples and itched like crazy. I got them pretty sporadically, though, so I wasn't too concerned.

Since moving into my new apartment, the couple times I've been glutened, I've gotten more spots than normal, again mostly on my legs. They still look like red pimples, but they itch and burn, and it makes my knees, calves, and inner thighs itch like crazy. Some of them fade fast, but a handful always take a couple weeks to heal. It's still not a lot of them, just a handful... scattered mostly on my calves, ankles, and knees. Sometimes I also get a couple on my butt :/

Anyway I have been told in the past that I also have a wheat allergy. This was ages ago, long before I knew I had celiac, so I wonder if maybe the skin test for wheat was irritating enough that my celiac kicked in, or if I'm both allergic and a celiac. Could this be an allergic reaction or a celiac reaction?

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