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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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I have been seeing my family doctor about my rashes for the last few months. All he has told me so far is it's a food allergy and he gave me the DexPak -13 day dose which helped. But of course the intense rash came back right after I stopped taking it. From the pictures I've seen all over the internet and on here, and the descriptions, I am convinced I am having a reaction to gluten.

Is the DH test something any doctor can do, or do I need to see a specialist? I don't want to waste my time tomorrow if he's just going to send me to another doctor. My insurance also does not pay for allergy testing - but I take that as the usual skin prick tests, and not a blood test. Is this correct?

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If you want to have a shave biopsy of a suspected DH area, you really need a dermatologist, and one who knows something about celiac and DH, because the biopsy is not taken of the lesion but of the clear skin immediately adjacent to a lesion. So many doctors do not take the biopsy sample correctly beause they don't know any better.

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Yup. A dh punch biopsy is what you need. And a derm who knows what the heck they're doing. AND DO NOT GO GLUTEN FREE OR GLUTEN LIGHT UNTIL THE BIOPSY IS DONE & YOU HAVE THE RESULTS BACK & KNOW THE DERM DID IT RIGHT!

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a derm who knows what the heck they're doing.

yep, unfortunately rarer than one would imagine

I would expand on that by saying : the most important doctor a celiac ( especially if undiagnosed ) can have is a doctor that will leave his ego at the door and will actually pay attention to what you say .

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My PCP referred me to a Dermatologist for a biopsy. I actually had 3 biopsies but they were from the lesion itself. After research she ordered Dapsone for me and due to the good response, along with Gluten free diet, agrees I do have DH Celiac.

I have a great PCP/Internal Med as a doctor! She has other patients with DH but told me I am the worst case she has ever seen.

Ask questions before you go see a doctor. Co-pays and such are way too expensive to waste on Derms that will not test you properly! Good Luck

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I guess I have a good primary care pyscian. I told him I thought it was gluten and he agreed. So we did the celiac panel. I'll know the results in a day or two. He also referred to me an allergist if we need to go that route. He gave me a cortisone shot as well. Not really sure what that is gonna do, but we'll see!!

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Ppl with dh generally test neg. on the celiac panel.

Read & learn:

Interesting Reading on DH:

http://www.celiac.co...-reading-on-dh/

Descriptions of DH Types:

http://www.celiac.co...ns-of-dh-types/

Help for the Itching, Stinging, Burning, Pain of DH:

http://www.celiac.co...__1#entry823195

DH Photobank:

http://www.celiac.co...-dh-photo-bank/

Newbie 101 for celiacs

http://www.celiac.co...ewbie-info-101/

Furthermore, if the doc didn't do the current FULL panel then you didn't get proper celiac blood testing. Here's the info.:

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG

Total Serum IgA

The DGP test was added recently to the full panel.

Also can be termed this way:

Endomysial Antibody IgA

Tissue Transglutaminase IgA

GLIADIN IgG

GLIADIN IgA

Total Serum IgA

Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG

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