Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dermatitis Herpetiformis Diet

It is important to follow a healthy diet if you have dermatitis herpetiformis.

Gluten Free Diet
A gluten-free diet can be beneficial for people with 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.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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