#Gluten Skin: #Dermatitis Herpetiformis

We haven’t often talked about skin disorders related to gluten, have we? I saw this today about the main skin disorder associated with gluten sensitivity: dermatitis herpetiformis (often shortened to DH), and thought it might be useful for some of you. It’s a mainstream introduction from Medscape:

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Here’s a picture of what it looks like – sort of raised red blisters really, although it does vary so always get a proper diagnosis; there are many types of dermatitis.

See here also for a good summary of gluten skin disorders. Sometimes, skin problems can be the only manifestation of gluten sensitivity. In fact, my first ever gluten-sensitive had DH and it refused to go on a traditional gluten free diet. That was years before I made the decision to treat gluten sensitivity with a grain free rather than gliadin free diet. Wish I’d known then for her sake!


2 thoughts on “#Gluten Skin: #Dermatitis Herpetiformis

  1. Thanks for sharing….A patient of mine struggled for years with what she thought was acne and or boils on her bottom. It was from gluten/gliadin and likely bromides in the flour. Do you have any additional information of the gluten/bromine combination? Since she stopped her skin has been healthy and glowing.

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