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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Could This Be Dh On Scalp?

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Hi Everyone- I have a question. I had positive bloodwork for gluten intolerance and I've been gluten-free since February. About 2 weeks ago, I developed these really painful bumps on my scalp behind my right ear- there wre about three of them. They looked at them for shingles (problem was by the time I saw a doctor I had scatched them open with my hairbrush). Doc decided it was some kind of scalp infection so gave me an antiobiotic.

Now I have another one on the back of my head. This one feels BIG. It doesn't itch- it just hurts a lot. Does DH always itch or does it sometime hurt?

I know my shapoos and conditioners are gluten-free but I have been exposed to airborne gluten in the past two weeks as I've been horseback riding.

The problem is I can't see this one because it's in the back of my head (hubby away) and other ones no one saw until they were broken and infected. Thanks, Beverly

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Just wanted to add my scalp is now itchy too. <_<

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I don't have DH, so I have no idea what it is like. But, psoriasis is common for those with celiac disease too, however, I have never heard it described as painful. It is quite common to get it on the scalp, and it feels bumpy and may or may not itch (when it does itch, it might flake and the itchness can drive a person crazy). Other common places to get psoriasis are on the elbows, knees, nails, and groin area. It can sometimes be pale or reddish, usually bumpy, and doesn't always itch. As for on the nails, the nails usually look like they either were scratched up or have fungus. Fun. Not sure if this info is applicable to you or not, but thought I should mention it just in case.

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I had DH for many years and it definitely does not sound like DH. But psoriasis is a possibility.

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They looked at them for shingles (problem was by the time I saw a doctor I had scatched them open with my hairbrush). Doc decided it was some kind of scalp infection so gave me an antiobiotic.

I had to go to the doc three times (each time saw a different doc at same office) to get diagnosed for my shingles last year. But I didn't know to ask if I could have shingles.... In any case, even when I was finally diagnosed, the doc gave me so much misinformation about shingles that the neurologist (I had to see for the pain)

was horrified. Almost everything the diagnosing doc told me about shingles was flat out wrong! She did not even know about postherpetic neuralgia which is what you can get if you don't get diagnosed swiftly with shingles. If you do have shingles (which I'm hopng you don't) you have to get the anti-viral meds in order for them to go away for good. Valtrex is what they give you in the US.

And if for some reason you do have shingles and you are eventually in unimaginable pain, you need to see a neurologist to help you get through it with anti- seizure meds or something similar. And one more thing - shingles can NOT pass the middle line in your body. It will affect only one side of your body. So if you have bumps that are on both sides of the body, you should not have shingles.

Good luck!

Tiffany M.

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my psoriasis can be painful--mostly if i pick at it. :( i also recently got a bit of an infection in the scalp--deducted by the fact the glands on my neck and behind my ears were swollen, and one section of the scalp was very painful. what does is look like, just red, shiny, scaly ? i guess you don't know for sure. that would be helpful to know. this is random, but i recently had chigger bites on my foot :) they looked like mosquito bites at first, then became more red and raised, shiny, sore, itched like hell at first. that's probably not it, but thought i would throw it out for the heck of it!

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Thanks Tiffany- Yes, they are definitely on both sides of my head.

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Jen- I wondered if they were bug bites. Doctor thinks they were. Also, wanted to thank you for the Aubrey Shampoo recommendation (Rosa Marquetts). I bought some this weekend at Whole Foods and I LOVE it! B

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Thanks Tiffany- Yes, they are definitely on both sides of my head.

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Good! At least you don't have shingles or any complication from being misdiagnosed. Thank goodness!

Tiffany M.

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Berneses-

so glad you like the shampoo! my hair has never looked better -- and that's the truth! :)

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