Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dermatitis Herpetiformis Treatment

Treatment for dermatitis herpetiformis often includes a gluten-free diet, antihistamines for itching, and other anti-inflammatory medications.

Treatment for dermatitis herpetiformis includes:

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.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat dermatitis herpetiformis:

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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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