What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
Dermatitis herpetiformis (also known as Duhring’s disease) is a chronic blistering skin condition resulting in blisters filled with a watery fluid. The name is derived from the blisters having a similar appearance to herpes. DH is neither related to nor caused by herpes virus. The blisters can appear on several body surfaces including the buttocks, back of neck, scalp, elbows, knees, back, hairline, groin, or face and can vary in size from very small up to 1 cm across.
According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, the exact cause is unknown. It is an autoimmune disorder. There is a strong link between dermatitis herpetiformis and celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the small intestine from eating gluten. People with dermatitis herpetiformis also have a sensitivity to gluten, which causes the skin rash. About 25% of people with celiac disease also have dermatitis herpetiformis.
- Extremely itchy bumps or blisters, most often on the elbows, knees, back, and buttocks
- The rash is usually the same size and shape on both sides
- The rash can look like eczema
- Some people may have scratch marks and skin erosions instead of blisters
Most people with dermatitis herpetiformis have damage to their intestines from eating gluten. But only some have intestinal symptoms.
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