Dermatitis Herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash consisting of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic (long-term), which means it continues over a long period. Most people with dermatitis Herpetiformis have damage to their intestines from eating gluten. But only some have intestinal symptoms. The symptoms include:
• Extremely itchy bumps or blisters, most often on the elbows, knees, back, and buttocks
• The rash is usually the same size and shape on both sides
• The rash can look like eczema
• Some people may have scratch marks and skin erosions instead of blisters
HOW IS DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS DIAGNOSED?
In most cases, a skin biopsy and direct immunofluorescence test of the skin are performed. The health care provider may also recommend a biopsy of the intestines. Blood tests may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis.
HOW IS DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS TREATED?
Dermatologists prescribe the drug Dapsone for treating Dermatitis Herpetiformis. However, if the disease is caused due to intestinal disorders, then treating the disorder cures Dermatitis Herpetiformis. For people allergic to dapsone, alternative medication may be given.
DID YOU KNOW?
This ailment has nothing to do with herpes and is connected to grains like oats and rye.