Category: dermatitis herpetiformis

How is Dermatitis Herpetiformis Related to Gluten?

Gluten comes from some commonly eaten grains like spelt, wheat, rye, and barley. Overall, these are the most eaten grains in America and European countries. While most people have no physical problem with this, there are those who have a auto-immune disorder that is caused and worsened by gluten. This is a disease known as celiac sprue. People with this disease cannot eat anything at all that contains gluten.

The consequences of eating gluten with the more severe forms of celiac can be devastating and cause serious long-term damage that can also be irreversible. Now that there is a better understanding of the damages gluten can cause, it is easier to avoid the wheat protein as well as that of the other grains which contain higher amounts of gluten. Instead of eating those, people with celiac will need to use alternatives.

One of the symptoms caused by gluten in wheat-sensitive individuals is dermatitis herpetiformis. This is a terrible rash that has blistering sores. It looks a bit like a herpes rash, but it is not related to the viral disease known as herpes. In fact, it is caused by the overreaction of the body’s immune system when it is exposed to gluten. The rash is very irritating, itchy, and it can even cause some nerve pain, much like real herpes would.

If you do not know whether or not you are sensitive to gluten or not and you get a strange rash, go to an allergist or a gastrointestinal specialist doctor and you will find out soon enough. If not a true gluten allergy, you should then seek care from other doctors as advised. Otherwise, you will be dealing with the need for dietary changes in order for the rash to heal.

This means you will need to learn which grains you can eat. Find nutritious grains like quinoa, rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, and millet. There you go. Eat only those grains or foods made from them and you are good to go. Learn which grains contain gluten (such as mentioned above) and also make sure that any and all processed foods and breads that you do eat are completely gluten-free.

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The good news is that you have plenty of alternatives to wheat. Now you can many choices. There is even flour that is free of gluten and wheat so you can make all sorts of goodies yourself.