Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gluten-Free Skin Rash - Dermatitis Herpetiformis



Skin irritations can exist from a variety of reasons. Touching, inhaling or absorbing certain stuff in our community can lead to something unfortunate. Skin rashes often showcase a deeper underlying issue that may exist.  I never had to deal with the skin irritation associated with Celiac Disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, which is related to gluten consumption in the GI yet I truly believe that this rash like others can be treated by proper lifestyle and health balance. It's no secret that we are what we eat so it's up to us to try harder to find balance. I am not a doctor, but consider these thoughts:

Overview
Dermatitis herpetiformis could be red legions that are itchy found throughout your body commonly on the hands and arms. It likely clusters and could have a liquid center and be a darker purple color as well. It is believed that consumption of some gluten either consistently or rarely could present this rash. Going gluten-free by avoiding all food/beverages and the risk of contamination that exists in manufacturing facilities and kitchens is the only way to avoid and heal it over time. If this has happened  to you take a few photos each time and log what you ate recently. Do you have any other symptoms that are irregular? Be sure to capture the rash to share with a doctor especially if you currently have it or  go to your general doctor, dermatologist or even a gastroenterologist since this may be a deeper issue such as Celiac Disease.

Treatment
Consider changing your diet before going on medication though. Unless you're in severe pain and have issues medication should never be your first and only solution. That's old thinking where drug companies had previously influenced of our parents and their parents to fix health issues. Do your research on skin rashes and in this case avoid eating gluten based foods, beverages and check that the manufacturing facility and at home your kitchen is gluten-free 100% could be a simple solution that beats taking a white pill. Learn more and see photos here.