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Ive been Gluten Free for 2-3 year and have noticed that any time I get Glutened I end up with little bumps that itch and then they turn into painful sores. Sometimes they come in a rash and other times there is only one. I get them on my belly button and legs, could this be DH? I usually get then within 2-3 days after getting Glutened. If this is DH does anyone have any suggestions on how to care for it or what to do about it?

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Did you look at the photos in the dh photo bank?

Yes, this could be dh. If you only get them when you've been glutened then it's a no brainer. They itch like crazy especially at night often waking you from sleep & keeping you awake.

Yes, they can be on your belly button & legs. They can be anywhere on your body --- anywhere! Yes, they often become painful sores. DH is very, very sensitive to the slightest gluten.

You can go low iodine during these times & it should help them to heal pretty quickly. There is a known connection between dh & iodine. It's like iodine is the catalyst. It takes gluten to make dh but iodine really fires it up! For low iodine diet see:

http://www.thyca.org/rai.htm#diet

Otherwise there is nothing you can do to make them go away faster. To help with the itching you can use Vanicream, ice packs, witch hazel, Walgreen's pain relieving ointment ( 20% Benzocaine) if you can't find that Orajel has the same ingredient in the same %, CVS version of Caladryl (the pink one) or Caladryl, Benadryl itch stopping gel. I find it helps if you can put some of the pain ointment or something like Neosporin on the places & cover them with a Band Aid --- it seems if you can keep air from getting to it then they don't itch as much & if you start to scratch the Band Aid reminds you not to. The worst thing you can do is to scratch them!!!! It only makes them itch more & will result in scars that may not go away.

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Did you look at the photos in the dh photo bank?

Yes, this could be dh. If you only get them when you've been glutened then it's a no brainer. They itch like crazy especially at night often waking you from sleep & keeping you awake.

Yes, they can be on your belly button & legs. They can be anywhere on your body --- anywhere! Yes, they often become painful sores. DH is very, very sensitive to the slightest gluten.

You can go low iodine during these times & it should help them to heal pretty quickly. There is a known connection between dh & iodine. It's like iodine is the catalyst. It takes gluten to make dh but iodine really fires it up! For low iodine diet see:

http://www.thyca.org/rai.htm#diet

Otherwise there is nothing you can do to make them go away faster. To help with the itching you can use Vanicream, ice packs, witch hazel, Walgreen's pain relieving ointment ( 20% Benzocaine) if you can't find that Orajel has the same ingredient in the same %, CVS version of Caladryl (the pink one) or Caladryl, Benadryl itch stopping gel. I find it helps if you can put some of the pain ointment or something like Neosporin on the places & cover them with a Band Aid --- it seems if you can keep air from getting to it then they don't itch as much & if you start to scratch the Band Aid reminds you not to. The worst thing you can do is to scratch them!!!! It only makes them itch more & will result in scars that may not go away.

I have seen some of the photos, and it looks to be close to the same thing. Mine really varies between a rash and just one or two sores. I'll have to look into the low Iodine diet. Thanks for the link!

I haven't ever put anything on it because I didn't know exactly what it was, but you certainly have given me options to try. Hopefully I'll find one that works for me. Thank you so much for your help.

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YVW! If it's just presenting for you then it makes sense that it isn't "bad" ----- YET. I say yet b/c it's likely to get worse each time you get glutened. You see, it presented now & that means you now have the IgA in your skin & this glutening put more & each subsequent glutening will put a little more in. Now, with dh it can take 2 years for the IgA to get out of your skin (some med papers say as long as 10 years).

It is very important for you to be crazy vigilant about not getting glutened/cc'd. Not only for the dh but the unseen/unknown damage to your gut. DH is very sensitive to gluten.

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