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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Has anyone found a relationship between excema and Celiac or thought they had excema (on their scalp specifically), and figured out it was really DH?

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I was told that I had eczema on my hands, but it is actually DH. Not on my scalp though.

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Well I suffered and still suffer from excema long before I was celiac. And now I have what appears to be both excema and DH. Very itchy! On one elbow it seems I have both.

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Thanks for the thoughts. I've always thought I've had excema, and perhaps its is, because it is usually contained on my scalp. It has been worse than ever the past few months and I can't seem to get it under control and was wondering about a connection.

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Has it been properly diagnosed as excema? I have had something akin to a rash on my scalp, off and on, and it seems more like little pimples. But whenever I am on a B-complex, it goes away. If I lag for more than a couple of weeks without taking it, they come back.

I also get excema on my hands, small little outbreaks that look like tapioca pearls on my fingers. Just had one larger one on my finger - it seems to take weeks for something like that to heal. I don't know why that happens or what triggers it for me though.

Stephanie

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One of the ladies that's on Reliv like I am had what she thought to be exzema on her hands and face before being diagnosed with celiac disease and later found out it was DH got on Reliv and it went away. I had those pearly bumps on my hands too and never knew what they were before and they went away as well.

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Huh..interesting... Stephanie, that's curious about the breakout and b12 connection. I just got my b12 tested yesterday. Will be interested to see if I might have that connection too...

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I was just about to post about this too so good timing. When I was in my early twenties I was diagnosed with eczema in both ears (ugh- you want to take a knitting needle and just SCRAtch!) but my current ear doctor says no- it's not eczema. I get tons of ear infections and have been using hdyrocortisone on a daily basis to control the itching but this week the doctor gave me medication for a fungal infection in both ears.

They get really itchy, sores, crack, bleed sometimes (all outer ear) and are scaly most of the time. I'm seeing a dermatologist in 2 weeks and I'm wondering if I should just ask her to do the biopsy. What do you guys think? I was reading Danna Korn's book and she said that eczema that doesn't resolve is often DH. But in your ears? Anyone else have it in their ears?

All the shampoos and products I use are gluten-free too. And I've been gluten-free for 6 months now (except for a 10 day gluten challenge before the biopsy). Thanks everyone! Beverly

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Not IN my ears, but I do sometimes get it on my earlobes and that little triangle thing (whatever it's called) on the front of your ear.

Just wanted to add that I recently found out that I have a type of eczema on my hands as well as DH. I guess the doctors weren't ALL wrong.

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The scaly, cracked, bleeding thing sounds more like psoriasis, which is also an autoimmune condition.

richard

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It turns out psoriasis was my problem...

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This is going to seem funny, but I have had serious skin problems my whole life. I often had something very similar to what you are describing in my ears. Mine was diagnosed as very dry skin aggravated by shampoo and hair products. (you have to rinse your ears out really well) I was put on a steroid cream that really helped, no problems since then. Maybe....? Or maybe not, just thought that may help a little, knowing someone else has been there ;) Good luck at the dermatologist!

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Sorry to hear about the psoriasis, as if we need something else to deal with. Oh well, I was afraid mine was skin cancer or something like that.

richard

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Thanks everyone- that was useful info that amy prevent me from rupturing an ear drum with a knitting needle! :P

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a knitting needle! i sometimes use mechanical pencils and paper clips to stratch too. yikes!

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Balsam of Peru, an ingredient in fragrances and some foods (i.e. natural flavorings) can cause persistant skin problems.

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