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Isolated Rashes? [Images Included]

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Hey all, I made a post about 2 weeks ago about some GI issues and I still haven't had the time to schedule a 1 year wellness checkup, but lately I've had no appetite and now I've got a rash on my wrist, arm and thigh. Could this be a gluten-related symptom? I seem to be in a funk lately and haven't been feeling all that great.

http://i40.tinypic.com/2929mk6.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/25zgv3b.jpg

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Sorry, I forgot to mention I'm 20 years old and that my dad developed an auto-immune problem around the same age (thyroid issue). I also have a pretty stressful life at the moment.

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Something else to bring up to that brand new internist you are going to go see in May :) Check with your local Celiac Society for recommendations of a celiac savvy doctor in your area. It is important to have a doc. that is familiar with celiac disease, because so many are not and they screw you around for years before you finally diagnose yourself in frustration :ph34r:

Hard to tell but those pics sure could be DH. You can get a biopsy TO THE SKIN IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE LESION, NOT ON THE LESION ITSELF, to check for Dermatitis Herpetiformis. But the doctor has to specify that this is what testing should be applied to the biopsy (it has to be specially stained) and not biopsy the lesion itself -- the IgA antibodies will be found in the skin right next to the lesion.

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Thanks for the reply! :)

Though I've absolutely hated these rashes over the past few days, I am kind of happy to have something my doctor can see that may indicate something may not be right rather than me going in with a bunch of complaints. I'm always shy at the doctors office for some reason.

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