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  1. I've been gluten free for approximately a month, which I realize is not a long time. I saw my allergist yesterday for a regular check-up. At first, I think he thought I was off my rocker when I started asking about DH and celiac. He pulled out my blood allergy tests from a year ago and said I was "way up there" on the wheat allergy and shouldn't be eating it at all. I explained I only have these weird, pimple/bug-bite-looking things on my face/neck/scalp that burn, sting and sometimes itch. I've also had them on my rear end. I also explained that I often have hives that itch intensely. I have gotten some relief in that last few days. The hives are much less frequent, and the weird bumps have subsided approximately 30%. So, doc says it could be food/environmental allergies, celiac, lupus, autoimmune and a couple of other possibilities. I have Hashimoto's, so he thinks it could be another autoimmune thing driving this weird skin stuff.I am also allergic to a ton of environmental things. He wants to do a battery of tests, and I'm just not sure I want to go down that road right now. They are very costly, and I've taken many medicines and tests with improvement or diagnosis. I am inclined to see how I progress on my gluten-free diet. I have been put through the wringer and am not elated about a doc doing a bunch of other tests. I know many of you have been down this road, and I am just looking for some support and guidance. Thank you for reading!
  2. The only thing that has helped (minus steroid cream) has been manuka honey. Manuka honey is a mono-floral honey from New Zealand. The bees gather pollen from the manuka bushes in a particular region of the country and make the manuka honey. It is supposed to have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. I read about it on a natural skincare blog thought why not give it a try. I bought my jar of honey at a health food store. I mix about a tbsp of honey with several drops of bottled water (makes spreading easier) and rub it onto my face. I wear this as a mask for 2-3 hours while I work around the house. It was sticky and weird at first, but I am used to it now. It has made my skin smoother, less inflamed, and I see fewer bumps when I use it consistently. It also reduces the itching. I currently use this 3-4 times per week. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to do this, but I was desperate for a solution for these awful bumps on my face. It will be more difficult to use on some parts of the body, but perhaps it could be covered with a bandage or dressing during treatment. I have only used manuka honey and cannot vouch for the efficacy of other types of honey.
  3. Thanks everyone for the replies. The iodine connection makes a lot of sense to me. I have very low blood pressure and eat sea salt as needed at each meal. Will also cut it out and see what happens. Jenn, I understand about the oral steroids. I can't tolerate them....found out the hard way. Sometimes cold water is the only thing that will make my back stop itching. I hope you find some relief.
  4. I've been trying to figure out what's going on with my skin for two years. The story will probably sound familiar. I got a cluster of weird bumps on my face, and they wouldn't go away. I've never had acne or other skin problems. The bumps slowly spread all over my face, ears, neck and scalp. I also developed hives all over and no amount of scratching worked. The itching is intense and awful. The facial bumps often look like mosquito bites, and sometimes they look like pussy/crusty bumps. They sting and itch unbelievably. I've been to four doctors, I've had allergy testing, which was positive for wheat, eggs, peanuts and milk. I've stumped two derms, my GP and just quit asking the ENT doc. Allergy shots, antihistamines, anti-fungal, antibiotics, acne meds, rosacea cream....none worked. I am handed a steroid cream and told to rock on. The cream helps some, but the weird bumps return worse than ever when I stop. I know it is not good to use steroids long term. What's a girl to do? I've got to go to work and face my customers. So, I continued my own research. Based on the fact that I am hypothyroid, had extreme Vitamin D deficiency, insomnia, dizziness, wheat allergy, and gas that would embarras a lumberjack...I found this forum and a wealth of info on the net. I think I might have found an answer, and it certainly warrants further research into this topic. I'm not concerned with testing/diagnosis at this point. I'm sick of dealing with docs and being handed an RX for some other drug. I want to learn more about DH and eliminate gluten and see if there's any improvement. I am very frustrated and very much appreciate all the info I've found on this forum.