Dermatitis herpetiformis is an exquisitely pruritic eruption classically seen on the buttocks and the extensor surfaces of the arms and legs. Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a bumpy, itchy skin rash that’s common in people with celiac disease. That’s an autoimmune disorder that. Dermatitis herpetiformis is an autoimmune skin condition linked to coeliac disease. It’s caused caused by the body’s immune system reacting to.
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An itchy, blistering, burning skin rash, dermatitis herpetiformis DH is a difficult condition to live with. The rash and itching occur on the elbows, deratitis, scalp, back, and buttocks.
This rash heretica indicates gluten intolerance, which may be related to a more serious underlying condition known as celiac disease. People who have this condition need to maintain a strict gluten-free diet. From the sound of the name, many people think this rash is caused by some form of the herpes virus. Dermatitis herpetiformis occurs in people with celiac disease. Celiac disease also called celiac sprue, gluten intolerance, dematitis gluten-sensitive enteropathy is an autoimmune disorder characterized by intolerance to gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Celiac disease can also cause intense abdominal painconstipationnauseaand vomiting.
The intestinal damage and rash are due to the reaction of gluten proteins with a special kind of antibody called immunoglobulin A IgA. Your body makes IgA antibodies to attack gluten proteins.
When IgA antibodies attack gluten, they damage the parts of the intestines that allow you to absorb vitamins and herpetlca.
This sensitivity to gluten usually runs in families.
The structures formed when IgA attaches to gluten then enter the bloodstream, where they begin to clog small blood vessels, especially those in the skin. White blood cells are attracted to these clogs. Celiac disease can affect anyone, but it tends to be more common in people who have another family member with celiac disease or DH. Although more women than men are diagnosed with celiac disease, men are more likely to develop DH than women, according to the NIH. The rash usually begins in your 20s or 30s, though it can start in childhood.
The condition more commonly occurs in people of European descent. It less herpetiva affects people of African or Asian descent. Before a full outbreak of the rash, you may feel the skin in a rash-prone area burn or itch. Bumps that look like pimples filled with clear liquid start to form.
These are quickly scratched off. The bumps heal within a few days and leave a purple mark that lasts for weeks. But new bumps continue to form as old ones heal. This process can continue for years, or it can go into remission and then return. While these dermatitix are commonly associated with dermatitis herpetiformis, they can also be caused by other skin conditions such as atopic dermatitisirritant or allergic contact dermatitispsoriasispemphigoidor scabies. DH is best diagnosed with hegpetica skin biopsy.
A doctor takes a small sample of skin and examines it under a microscope. Sometimes, a direct immunofluorescence test is done, in which the skin around the rash is stained with a dye that will show the presence of IgA antibody deposits.
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The skin biopsy can also help determine if the symptoms are caused by another skin condition. Blood tests to check for these antibodies in the blood may also be done. An intestinal biopsy may be performed to confirm the presence of damage due to celiac disease. If the diagnosis is uncertain, or another diagnosis is possible, other tests may be performed. Patch testing is the best way to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis, which is a common cause of symptoms similar to dermatitis herpetiformis.
DH can be treated with an antibiotic called dapsone. Dapsone is a powerful medicine with serious side effects. Dapsone may also have negative interactions with other medications, such as aminobenzoate potassium, clofazimine, or trimethoprim. Other drugs that may be used include tetracycline, sulfapyridine, and some immunosuppressive drugs.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis and Gluten Intolerance
These are less effective than dapsone. This means you should completely avoid food, drink, or medicines containing the following:. Although this diet can be difficult to follow, it will have the most beneficial effect on your health if you have celiac disease.
Any reduction in gluten intake may help lessen the amount of medication you will need to take. People with untreated DH and celiac disease hetpetica have a higher risk of intestinal cancer due to the constant inflammation in the intestines. DH is a lifelong disease. Without treatment, DH and celiac disease can result in many negative health effects, including vitamin deficiencies, anemia, and gastrointestinal cancer. Treatment with dapsone can control the rash symptoms rather quickly.
However, the intestinal damage caused by cermatitis disease can only dermatitiz treated by maintaining a strict gluten-free diet. Make sure to discuss any specific dietary considerations with your doctor or nutritionist. Gluten intolerance is fairly common and can cause widespread symptoms, some of which are not related to digestion.
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