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What is the connection between celiac disease & dermatitis herpetiformis?

Autoimmune assoc. Autoimmune connection. Not all patients with celiac get dermatitis herpetiformis (chronic, recurrent skin eruption); most patients with term hep have celiac. The skin rash is a marker for the gut disease, and patients should be tested for it. Read more...

How do you know if you have dermatitis herpetiformis? Do you have to have rash?

Dermatitis Herpetifo. Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. A skin biopsy and direct immunofluorescence test of the skin are performed in most cases. Your doctor may also recommend a biopsy of the intestines. Read more...
Yes. It's usually a very itchy vesicular rash on elbows and knees and assoc to celiac disease. Avoiding gluten usually improves rash. Read more...

Just curious: how do you tell the difference between dermatitis herpetiformis and herpes gladiatorum?

Easy. Suppose you're sure it's one or the other, which you probably aren't. DH is symmetric. HG is wherever you got rubbed on the mat with the wrestler who had the herpes lesion. HG is likely to come up all at once, while DH less so. DH will usually test positive for anti-gluten stuff. Hope this helps. There are a few other painful small-blister diseases as well -- read up. Best wishes. Read more...