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I have been tested for celiac disease but they came back negative, however reading this site i think a rash i have sounds like dh

I have had this rash on my fingers for a few years now, it started on one finger then spread to another and now has spread to a finger on the other hand and a knuckle.

its red and itchy and will crack easily and it never goes away, at its worst it'l have little fluid filled bumps, creams and moisturizer only stop the itching briefly but doesn't actually clear it up.

I have been to the dr about it and was tested for fungus but it wasnt so just got given cream for dermatitis, are the little fluid bumps only characteristic of DH or is it similar to other dermatitis?

does this sound like DH?

I thought it was usually on legs, backs, arms? i don't have it anywhere else

I have also had eczema forever but its not as bad as it used to be but it will occasionally flair up on my writs and inner elbows

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Daniegirl, the symptoms you've described don't seem like quite enough for me to hazard a guess, one way or another.

You could ask to be rebiopsied, making sure the test was properly done ie sampled beside the lesion, not on it.

Have you tried going strictly gluten free for a few weeks, also avoiding high iodine foods. (I got enough relief after a couple of weeks to convince me that I was right about my self diagnosis. But then I also had several very typical symtoms as well).

Have you checked the photos of DH online?

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I have been tested for celiac disease but they came back negative, however reading this site i think a rash i have sounds like dh

I have had this rash on my fingers for a few years now, it started on one finger then spread to another and now has spread to a finger on the other hand and a knuckle.

its red and itchy and will crack easily and it never goes away, at its worst it'l have little fluid filled bumps, creams and moisturizer only stop the itching briefly but doesn't actually clear it up.

I have been to the dr about it and was tested for fungus but it wasnt so just got given cream for dermatitis, are the little fluid bumps only characteristic of DH or is it similar to other dermatitis?

does this sound like DH?

I thought it was usually on legs, backs, arms? i don't have it anywhere else

I have also had eczema forever but its not as bad as it used to be but it will occasionally flair up on my writs and inner elbows

Mine started out on my fingers just like you. My scalp also breaks out and I have had a couple on my arm right above my elbow. I have never had it on my legs. It appears that some have DH a lot worse than others. Originally I was told I had various skin problems and also given creams and ointmentslike you.

I finally went to Mayo's and had several biopsies.

I had a biopsy on a spot close to where I had a blister but not on the blister. It came back positive for DH. My blood test was negative for Celiac. A specialist at Mayo's said that I would need to be on a gluten free diet the rest of my life.

I think your blisters sound just like what I had. You should have a biopsy of an area close to a blister but not taken from the blister. If that isn't how your biopsy was done, I would see the doctor again or find another one.

Good Luck!!

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I have celiac and DH. The rash you described sounds like what I had on my fingers when the DH was in the early stages for me. For a period of time the DH was primarily on my fingers. One of the features of the rash on my fingers was that I could feel the bumps/cysts coming before they were visible. Oftentimes they looked like blood blisters and were pretty painful. My fingers eventually cleared up, but the DH moved on to other areas and is now focusing on my back and scalp. It took about 18 months to figure it out (a few doctors were less than helpful) but I was finally diagnosed with celiac and DH 6 months ago and have been strictly gluten-free since. Frustratingly, the DH is not gone, but it has gotten meaningfully better - it was overwhelming for a while. I am just learning about a potential connection to iodine so I am just starting to give that a try. I will miss my seafood and sea salt.

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I don't know the answer to your question but I have something that sounds exactly like that. I have a patchy area on one knuckle that gets really itchy, red and I can feel little bumps. The area gets dry and cracks which really hurts. Everytime this appears on my knuckle I have some sort of area on the opposite hand on my pinky finger on the outer side. It looks blistery and really itches. I am going see a dermatologist soon but I am worried I want have this when I go. Mine comes and goes, so I have wondered if it is DH or not. Would be interested in hearing what you find out.

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so i couldnt help but wonder what and if this newly acquired patch on my thumb is what you all are talking about. bout two weeks ago now this area on my right thumb knuckle swelled up with little bumps with little heads on them. not really discolored, not really painful, only if pressed on. has gotten slightly more swollen in time but not by much. i was diagnosed with celiacs 5 years ago and recently cut out dairy and peanut butter as an attempt to alleviate new gastric distress thats occured within the last few months. i think it may have helped but more restrictions may need to be inacted, including unfortunately soy. never heard of dh before but am wondering if its related.

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Before I went strictly gluten free, I had mild GI symptoms but I also had a variety of mild skin symptoms on my hands that came and went. When full blown DH developed it was at only some of these sites. When I went extremely gluten free, all of the mild skin spots disappeared and only the DH spots remained, slowly getting better.

What I am trying to say is that if one is pre DH, one could have many mild (but probably irritating) skin problems that are related to consumption of gluten. Mine included bumps, rough itchy skin patches, and occasional small blister.

I don't know how you would know for sure these were DH related, except by eliminating every last bit of gluten from your diet. I think it's unlikely that it would show up on tests, (didn't for me) as, if the levels of antibodies were high enough to be detected, they'd likely be causing a major rash.

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That is a very good description of how my DH started several years before it became the full blown blistery rash.

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I had a rash on m fingers around my nails too. It was painful and made it difficult to type at times. The dermatologist I saw said it was contact dermatitis - from irritants. At the time I was on mat leave (cleaning and living with baby wipes in my hand..) Anyway, fast forward a couple of years and I have full blown DH. It's all over my body now when I flare. My experience is this starts off revealing itself in small ways - then all of sudden it hits hard and there seems to be no turning back. Push your dr's to investigate further. Don't be satisfied with a prescription for cortisone. I was and now I regret it. It's potentially more -and if you are lucky, you just have contact dermatitis or something in that vein.

Good luck.

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I have one spot on my hand that blisters occasionally and itches like the devil. I used to think it was herpes whitlow but I had no reason to get that. It's mostly a dentists' disease. Now I'm betting on DH, especially with all the intense itching.

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Every time I peel shrimp I get the same thing. Shrimp = iodine

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