What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

Dermatitis Herpetiformis, otherwise referred to as Duhrings Disease or Dermatitis herpetiformis Duhrings Disease, is a chronic form of eczema comprised of rashes, bumps, lesions, and blisters. This condition is rare in children under the age of 10 but begins to manifest itself with individuals in their 20’s or 30’s. Studies also show that males have a 2-to-1 chance of getting this condition that females.

The culprit is a “gluten filled” diet! Sometime dermatitis herptiformis is referred to as a gluten rash (because of gluten sensitivity in the small bowel) or even a celiac disease rash. Studies have shown many people with this problem also have celiac disease or are asymptomatic of it.

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Dermatitis Herpetiformis Symptoms:

This is one of the most annoying exema conditions that an individual can experience. IT is highlighted by extreme itching. The locations that herpetiformis is usually found include the elbows, knees, buttocks, lower back and the back of the neck.

As far as the actual formation of the lesions, bumps, and blisters, the rash that is associated normally has both the same size and shape. The skin has a tendency to become red and inflamed. People have reported burning sensation prior to or in the early stages of a breakout.

The rash itself usually includes pimples (similar to acne but not related) and skin that is red and inflamed containing a clear liquid.

The dermatitis herpetiformis bumps typically result in small purple marks that continue for weeks to months before eventually disappearing. The healing time is normally a few days but a person could experience a new batch of small bumps during that time.

How do you tell if you’ve got dermatitis herpetiformis?

If you have a condition similar to this you need to see a physician immediately. The doctor can use one of two test, a skin biopsy or a direct immunofluorescence test of the afflicted area. Because many people having this problem are prone to celiac disease, your physician could recommend an intestinal biopsy.

What is the recommended Dermatitis Herpetiformis treatment?

In most instances, physicians will prescribe dapsone (used to trat skin infections and leprosy). This is a powerful antibiotic. However, there are long term side effects that accompany it.

Many people find that undertaking a lifestyle change to a gluten-free diet may actually allow them to avoid taking dapsone. In some cases where these two processes have not work, immune-suppressive medications have been used.

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