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dermatitis herpetiformis


Dermatitis Hserpetiformis is the medical name for the Duhring's Disease. It generally happens during teen days or during the thirties. In the U.S alone the presence of the reported diagnosed cases is estimated to be about 1 in every 10,000 with a sex preference ratio of two to one in favor of males. This type of dermatitis is common in Caucasians then in races of other decent. Dermatitis Herpetiformis or DH is an important associated disorder that forms a skin rash. Studies suggest that the changes in the intestinal mucosa and the immunologic findings in the majority of patients diagnosed with DH are identical with those found in celiac disease.

The name dermatitis herpetiformis causes the misconception that it is related to the herpes virus. On the contrary it has nothing to do with it. In people with this condition, glutens in wheat, rye, and barley activate the immune system, which in turn attacks parts of the skin and causes the rash and itching. People with dermatitis herpetiformis have a chance to develop lymphoma in the intestines.

It starts with small blisters that usually develop gradually. The anatomical location most likely to encounter are the elbows, knees, buttocks, lower back, and back of the head. These blisters break out on the face and neck which are much more visible and difficult to hide. Itching and burning are commonly severe. Some anti-inflammatory drugs may flare up this problem so it is important to consult your dermatologist before using any medication.

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