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I don't have health insurance and can't afford a trip to the doctor for a prescription. Are there any herbal or over-the-counter remedies I can try?

This is my first dermatitis flare-up. I am 23 and have been on a gluten-free diet for 9 years, but I started getting fluid-filled blisters a few days ago, after accidental exposure to wheat. I'm hoping they will clear up on their own if I avoid another exposure, but they itch like mad and it's hard not to scratch. Two have apparently become infected as they are weeping a yellow fluid. Please help!

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Try some cortizone cream. I think the strongest strength you can get over the counter is 1%.

It will help with the itching, although you make have to reapply it a couple of times throughout the day and evening.

Rite aid has a formulation that combines the cortizone with something to relieve pain, that seems to be more soothing than the ointment.

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It should clear up if you avoid gluten (you might also stay away from sources of iodine like iodized salt and shellfish for a little bit). If it doesn't, do you have a public health clinic you could visit on the cheap?

richard

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