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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Does this look like anyone's DH? It's affecting both elbows and itches like crazy...this is actually my little sister and she has had flares of this rash for the last two years and it always happens on both elbows at the same time and always looks like this but sometimes worse...

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Hi Mrs Sprinkles. Does the rash appear anywhere else? Does it show any signs of inflammation? I would say that DH is a small possibility but would probably expect to see more areas involved by now. This is how my son looked about 5 weeks ago, and of course I am suspicious because of my own diagnosis! So I googled something like 'bumpy skin on elbows' and came up with a number of other possibilities that could be worth checking out. Sorry your sister is so itchy. Good luck on your quest and please ask any questions you might think of.

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She gets it on her knees every so often too. Some backstory: she has had the rash for two years now on and off but mostly on...she has suffered constipation since infancy, and her enamel is discolored...

Yesterday she stayed home from school because she had a severe stomach ache and interestingly her elbows flared up the same day her stomach hurt and said they itched more than they typically do.

She has gone to the doctor and did all sorts of tests minus vitamins which I found odd because both my mother and I struggle to maintain iron and Vit D levels even with supplements. They tested for AI issues and came back well within normal limits...unlike my doctors who think I'm crazy, her docs are moving towards testing her for celiac disease an sending her to GI.

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Forgot to mention...doctors said rash is not eczema and derm said she wasn't sure what it was because it comes and goes and has been an ongoing issue...my mother wasn't willing to biopsy then because my sister was only 7 and my mom is the type of person who would tell you to put a bandaid over your severed leg so she isn't one to rush to doctors for anything even if its recommended.

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I have a friend who has DH. This is how his rash presented for many years before it spread to his ankles and the back of his neck.

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She is also ALWAYS complaining of a severe stomach ache (which is a reason the did an X-ray and only saw she was constipated--nothing new) and her stomach problems have been so severe she has cried in pain and missed several days of school.

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Oh no :-( Definitely starting to sound more suspicious. Hopeful's information is interesting too. As I said, this is how my son looked 5 weeks ago. Now he has suspicious patches on his ankles, back of his neck and back of his hand...maybe the same path as your friend, Hopeful, just a little quicker...

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