I have heard about the “celiac rash”, but have been lucky enough to never experience it. I have contact dermatitis, so I am familiar with painful, itchy, blistering rashes. From what I have read, there seem to be some similarities, but the celiac or “gluten” rash seems worse. The severity and location of this rash probably depend on the individual. My heart goes out to you if this is one of your symptoms. If you are not celiac and experience rashes, you may want to see a dermatologist, to determine the cause of the rash. If you have other symptoms of celiac or have a family history, asking the doctor if your rash could be a symptom of celiac, may be a wise decision.
So what is a celiac rash?
According to Beyond Celiac
“Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a severe, chronic skin rash associated with celiac disease. The symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis are extremely itchy and blistering skin. Sometimes referred to as gluten rash or celiac rash, DH is a chronic condition that is considered to be the skin form of celiac disease.” To continue reading this article click here.
How Common is The Rash?
According to +Save.Health
“DH tends to come in waves that dissipate. The Celiac Disease Foundation says that 10 to 15 percent of patients with celiac disease may get dermatitis herpetiformis. This skin reaction normally presents itself in people who are between 30 and 40 years old.”
“It is more common in Caucasian patients, and it less frequently appears in African American or Asian patients. Men are more likely to suffer from DH than women.” To continue reading click here.
I read the full article and I have to admit, I am feeling itchy just reading it. I looked at pictures of related rashes and they all seem different. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to diagnose celiac disease from a rash. I can’t use any of the pictures on my blog because they are not mine but the following is a link to view them. Click here.
I would love to hear from celiacs who have this as a symptom. I am curious to know the severity and what helps soothe it. Perhaps you are on medication or you have a home remedy. What happens when you are on a gluten free diet and accidentally ingest gluten. Is the rash as bad as it was before you were diagnosed with celiac? None of my readers’ comments should be taken as medical advice. Only a doctor can advise you on the best course of treatment.
To read my article on other symptoms of celiac disease click here.