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What is dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)?

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Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a bumpy, itchy skin rash that’s common in people with celiac disease. That’s an autoimmune disorder that keeps your body from digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

DH, also known Duhring’s disease, causes blisters that look like herpes, but the condition doesn’t come from the herpes virus. It’s linked to gluten allergies.

SOURCES:

Celiac Disease Foundation: “Dermatitis Herpetiformis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Skin Manifestation of Celiac Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Dermatitis Herpetiformis.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Dermatitis Herpetiformis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 2, 2020

SOURCES:

Celiac Disease Foundation: “Dermatitis Herpetiformis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Skin Manifestation of Celiac Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Dermatitis Herpetiformis.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Dermatitis Herpetiformis.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 2, 2020

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