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Hey everyone,

Yesterday morning I noticed a really itchy rash along my neckline, upper chest & front shoulders. Throughout the day, I had severe pain in my ribcage & sternum bone.

Today the rash is pretty much all over - even in my eyes.

Anyone know if these symptoms are caused by celiac - possibly by a later stage celiac?

Little history: biopsy showed stage 4 villi atrophy. Blood test titer was 34 (normal is less than 20), thyroid is normal, moderate vitamin deficiency.

Today my G.I pawned me off to my primary physician for the rash - said to go to urgent care. I ended up just taking a Benadryl, which gave me about 2 hours of relief.

I'm using Dr. Bronner's soap, but still Aveda hair products - could the rash possibly be from certain bath products?

This is frustrating & scary.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!

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Before I found out I had Celiac DH, the pharmacist suggested I might be allergic to PABA which is contained in a lot of soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions.

A rash like that is scary and frustrating. If Benadryl doesn't resolve it you might need to go to the Dr. Not that they can really tell what caused it, but a short course of Prednisone might help you with the symptoms. It is nothing to ignore given that the eyes are also involved.

It is frustrating since it can be food related, Celiac related, gluten cross contamination, or chemicals in products.

Some people have had DH outbreaks for the first time shortly after going gluten free.

If that is the case, you could limit iodine temporarily to see if it helps.

Have you ever had the rash before? Or DH?

Baking soda baths help.

I hope you figure it out soon.

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Before I found out I had Celiac DH, the pharmacist suggested I might be allergic to PABA which is contained in a lot of soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions.

A rash like that is scary and frustrating. If Benadryl doesn't resolve it you might need to go to the Dr. Not that they can really tell what caused it, but a short course of Prednisone might help you with the symptoms. It is nothing to ignore given that the eyes are also involved.

It is frustrating since it can be food related, Celiac related, gluten cross contamination, or chemicals in products.

Some people have had DH outbreaks for the first time shortly after going gluten free.

If that is the case, you could limit iodine temporarily to see if it helps.

Have you ever had the rash before? Or DH?

Baking soda baths help.

I hope you figure it out soon.

Thank you!

No, I've never had the rash before.

I've only been gluten free for a short time - so maybe I'm one of those people you mentioned who get DH outbreaks early on in the gluten free transition.

I do actually feel better - the itchiness in my eyes is gone at the moment, and I used some gluten free Dessert Essence lotion, which feels great!

I'll keep a close eye on it & call my Physician for treatment if it lingers or worsens.

Thanks again for the response!

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Glad the rash is improving. You might want to go with gluten free toiletries for a bit just to be on the safe side. Some don't need them but lots of us do. I don't know if this is DH that you are experiencing but since you are also experiencing GI issues it may be that you have gotten glutened. Some find Pepto Bismal liquid to be helpful for that stomach pain.

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although pepto bismol tastes NASTY--so if you're like me and burp a lot when your stomach is uncomfortable, expect to taste it over and over and get nauseated. <_<

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