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Dermatitis Herpetiformis

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Definition

Dermatitis herpetiformis is a chronic condition characterized by a extremely itchy rash with papules and vesicles. This condition is associated with celiac sprue which is sensitivity of the intestine to gluten in the diet.

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Causes

  • The definitive cause is unknown
  • This disease is frequently seen to be associated with gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and other cereals.

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Symptoms

  • Intense itching.
  • Symmetric vesicles or papules appear usually on the elbows, knees, back and buttocks.

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What You Can Do

  • Dapsone, an antibiotic, may help.
  • A strict gluten-free diet may control the symptoms if the disease is accompanied with celiac sprue.

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Dermatitis Herpetiformis