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Dermatitis Herpetiformis Overview

What is dermatitis herpetiformis?
A person with dermatitis herpetiformis has inflammation of the skin that results in an extremely itchy rash and blisters. Dermatitis herpetiformis is uncommon and the cause is unknown. It occurs in those between 40 and 50 years old, and responds well to medication.

What are the symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis?
Symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis include a rash that is usually on the back of the forearms and elbows. Rash may also be present on the buttocks, knees, upper back, neck and scalp.

How does the doctor treat dermatitis herpetiformis?
Treatment for dermatitis herpetiformis includes a gluten-free diet, antihistamines for itching, and other anti-inflammatory medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Dermatitis Herpetiformis References
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