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I have been gluten free for about 6 weeks and recently, in the last week, I have developed this strange rash on my neck.   It's itchy as heck.  Nothing has worked to stop the itch.  It's red and blotchy and the skin almost looks like a burn scar, with bumps all over it.  It doesn't seem to be going away.  I have checked my two daily medicines, and both are reported to be gluten free.  I just called and made an appt with the local walk in for later today but was wondering if anyone has had this happen before?   The rash is all over the front of my neck, in the same location as my thyroid, which doesn't work as well as it should and I take levothyroxine.   I haven't been able to figure out anything that could be causing it.  I have been really careful to avoid CC.  Any thoughts??   Thank you in advance!

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Read the dermatitis herpetiformis section of the forum. See if rings any bells.

If you are undergoing celiac testing DO NOT use steroids for the rash. It will interfere with testing.

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I had the same thing happen to me! I've had a very mild rash on the right side of my neck that would appear and disappear over the last year. I had both my doc and naturopath look at it. Doc said allergy to something I wear naturopath said thyroid. Then five days ago after being in the sun for a short time I broke out with this same rash all over the front of my neck. First it itched insanely then after a day it started to burn and blister. I have been gluten free for the last six weeks. I follow a paleo diet, and I decided to eat a slice of carrot cake and ice cream that afternoon while sitting in the sun at a picnic. I lived with it for a few days hoping it would go away or at least calm down. I finally went to a walk in clinic yesterday and the doc gave me some steroid and antibacterial cream. Overnight it has taken away the blistering but now I am left with what looks like scales on my neck. The skin is severely dry. I am seeing my naturopath tomorrow and hoping he can help me figure out what is happening. It is very frustrating. Even though the walk in doc said the rash is unlikely from something I ate, I am still hesitant to eat anything. I'm at a loss as to what is causing it. It is not anything I am putting on or near my neck like my doc insists. I've paid close attention to all that over the last year.

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