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What ingredients should I avoid in cosmetic products?

Gluten is only toxic to celiac patients and patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) if ingested. Because gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, the use of cosmetic and shampoos containing gluten has not been shown to be detrimental to patients with celiac disease or DH. However, we do recommend gluten-free lip products, hand lotions and… Read more »

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Can celiac disease cause watery blisters on the skin?

Blisters on the skin (part of the dermatitis herpetiformis version of celiac disease) are an inflammatory result due to a deposition of anti-tTG antibodies in the skin. In fact, recent studies have demonstrated that IgA antibodies against epidermal transglutaminase 3 play an important role in the pathogenesis of dermatitis herpetiformis. See Nakajima K. Recent advances… Read more »

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How is dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) diagnosed?

DH is diagnosed by a skin biopsy, which involves removing a tiny piece of skin near the rash and testing it for the IgA antibody. DH is treated with a gluten-free diet and medication to control the rash, such as Dapsone or Sulfapyridine. Drug treatment is short term, usually until the gluten-free diet begins to… Read more »

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Can a skin rash be associated with celiac disease?

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is an itchy, blistering skin condition that is a form of celiac disease. The rash usually occurs on the elbows, knees and/or buttocks, and is characterized by its bilateral nature; both knees (and/or both arms) are affected, seldom just one. Many people with DH have no digestive symptoms and only about 40%… Read more »

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