Dermatitis herpetiformis is a rare disease. It occurs frequently in connection withceliac disease (gluten-allergy), But can also occur without cause. Diseases affect mostly men between 30 and 60 years.
Symptoms of Dermatitis herpetiformis
There arises water bladders of different sizes just below the skin surface. These are very itchy and can be of very different sizes. They are usually at the loins and shoulders but can also sit on the arms, legs, hands and feet. The illness can last for months or years.
Celiac disease is a disease in which the gut surface is destroyed by ingestion of gluten (a substance found in flour). This gives symptoms in the form of stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue and lack of energy. In children also weight loss. See also the articleCeliac disease.
Treatment of Dermatitis herpetiformis
Steroid creams are reading in facilitating the event, while more difficult cases can be treated with a drug called Dapsone. If the disease is associated with celiac disease, symptoms usually disappear at the start of gluten-free diet.