Daughter Dxd Dh Celiac, Went gluten-free, But Dh Persists in Dermatitis Herpetiformis Posted October 4, 2012 · Report to Admin I disagree a little about scratching. Clearly it makes the itch or sting feel better or people wouldn't do it, although ultimately it may make the problem worse. Keeping the lesions moist with creams may help a lot. Notice that for many of us DH is often worse at certain times of the day, usually evenings, so that may help you concentrate your efforts at that part of the day, perhaps diverting attention or covering the lesions then. If the DH is bad it may take months/years to go away, even with a strict diet, but it will get better after a few weeks or months, presumably. I am a little surprised you've had a problem with infection, of scores of lesions I've had none have been infected, but that just shows the variation that occurs. Eating out will always present a huge problem, because you put a lot of trust in people you don't know to look out for your interests. Personally I don't trust any sauces, etc. even in places that claim to have gluten free meals/menus. It can take a while (months, years) to learn what a real gluten free diet is, and which risks are worth taking. People vary somewhat in their level of sensitivity, and you will learn how sensitive Grace is over time, mostly through mistakes. I believe that most people can conquer DH without medication, but with Grace's autism this might not be realistic.