Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dermatitis Herpetiformis Home Care

Home care for dermatitis herpetiformis includes:

  • Avoid scratching the skin: this can cause infection.
  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
    • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
    • Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
    • Wear a hat.
  • Wear all cotton clothing.
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis Diet

A gluten-free diet may help reduce the rash of dermatitis herpetiformis. Gluten is a chemical normally present in most breads and many other grain products. Always read food labels to avoid hidden sources of gluten.

Foods likely to contain gluten include:

  • Distilled vinegar
  • Malt
  • Modified food starch
  • Plant protein
  • Soy sauce
  • Vegetable protein

Corn and rice flour can be used as substitutes for conventional flour. Some restriction of dairy products may be required if a lactose deficiency is present. Vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamin B12 and folate may be necessary in some cases.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have dermatitis herpetiformis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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