Dermatitis Herpetiformis is often referred to as gluten rash or celiac disease. In order to understand this condition, you must first understand celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease that is related to individuals than cannot eat gluten. Dermatitis Herpetiformis is a rash that is itchy and burning but is a chronic blistering skin condition that brings on blisters that have a watery liquid.
In some cases, the dermatitis herpetiformis is described as an autoimmune blistering disorder that is linked to gluten sensitive enteropathy. The disease was first named by Dr. Louis Duhring in 1884. The condition is characterized by grouped of papules with vesicles. The lesions are more apparent on the elbows, back, knees, and buttocks.
The rash is chronic which means it lasts for a very long time or recurs time and time again. The condition is very itchy as well as painful and can cause the patient to have more issues beside physical health including depression and the desire to stay away from others and become secluded.
Complications associated with Dermatitis Herpetiformis are that many patients are more at risk to develop various cancers of the intestines as well as develop thyroid disease. Jean-Paul Marat a French revolutionary suffered from Dermatitis Herpetiformis, which lead him to stay indoors and become a recluse. He often worked from a bathtub that was filled with an herbal mixture that was used to help calm the sores created by the rash and blisters.
In the United States, it is estimated that one in 10,000 individuals suffer with Dermatitis Herpetiformis with males being more affected than females. The condition is seen more in Caucasians and is rarely seen in individuals from Asian or African descent.