What is dermatitis herpetiformis? An itchy, blistering, burning skin rash, dermatitis herpetiformis DH is a difficult condition to live with. The rash and itching occur on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, and buttocks. This rash likely 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.
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This reaction causes a skin rash to develop. Diagnosing dermatitis herpetiformis DH A diagnosis of DH is confirmed by a skin test called a skin biopsy. A skin biopsy is a procedure where a sample of skin is removed to be tested. What is involved in a skin biopsy? During this test, a specialist skin doctor called a dermatologist will take a small sample of skin from an area without the rash. The skin sample is then tested. Gluten-free diet A gluten-free diet is when all gluten-containing foods are removed from your diet Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye and sometimes people are sensitive to oats too.
A gluten-free diet should only start once a confirmed diagnosis of DH is given. Find out how to live with a gluten-free diet How long does treatment take to work? The length of time it takes for the skin to heal varies from person to person but it can take up to 2 years or more. Medication during treatment Some patients will be given medication to help them over this period of recovery. The drug most likely to be used is called Dapsone.
Dapsone Dapsone is taken in tablet form and must be swallowed. It helps ease the itching and controls the development of blisters. It should work within a few days. If you stop taking Dapsone before the gluten-free diet has taken effect, the rash will return. Side effects of Dapsone The most common side effect of Dapsone is anaemia. Less common side effects are headaches and depression , while nerve damage is rare.
DH should be monitored once the drug dose has been reduced. More information about this medicine is available in the Dapsone patient information leaflet. Some potential complications of DH include: certain kinds of gut cancer an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease As with coeliac disease, the risk of developing these is reduced by following a gluten-free diet. More about dermatitis herpetiformis DH The British Association of Dermatologists BAD have produced a patient leaflet - Dermatitis Herpetiformis gluten sensitivity - which gives more information about this condition.
Celiac Disease Foundation
The vast majority of patients with DH also have an associated gluten sensitive enteropathy celiac disease. They are caused by gluten ingestion. However, DH patients with a normal intestinal biopsy and normal celiac serology blood test will still respond to a gluten-free diet. Symptoms tend to come and go, and DH is commonly diagnosed as eczema. Symptoms normally resolve with a strict, gluten-free diet. DH patients frequently have no digestive symptoms. DH can affect people of all ages, but most often appears for the first time in those between the ages of 30 and
Dermatitis herpetiforme: expresión en la piel de la celiaquía
De igual forma son utilizadas pomadas que contienen corticoides tales como dexametasona. Cambios en el estilo de vida y el uso de remedios caseros Puede ser que se logre controlar lo que es la dermatitis seborreica, haciendo algunos cambios en cuanto al estilo de vida, y con el uso de algunos remedios de tipo caseros. Siendo que, en muchos casos, los mismos se encuentran disponibles en diferentes formas con venta sin receta. Puede darse el caso de que sea necesario, hacer pruebas con productos distintos. La medicina alternativa Son muchas las terapias de tipo alternativas, que pueden utilizarse para el tratamiento de la dermatitis seborreica. Siendo las mismas beneficiosas, para el control de este tipo de dermatitis.