Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dermititis Herpetiformis on The Gluten Free RD

This is a picture of Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) which is a chronic rash caused by celiac disease. I saw this picture on a post called Ask the Gluten Free RD: What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) If you have this type of rash it is good to get to an expert on this condition as a gluten free diet is the treatment for DH.

According to the Gluten Free RD:
"People with DH present with varying degrees of intestinal damage, but may not experience GI symptoms."

Besides being important for your own health if you have this symptom other family members might be affected with silent celiac and suffer from chronic health conditions related to gluten--so pinpointing whether it is in fact DH is important for everyone.

In NYC, you should contact the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia to get tested for celiac--a condition often missed by many mainstream doctors. Here is the contact information for getting tested...

Celiac Disease Center at Columbia

180 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 934
New York, NY 10032
Tel (212) 342-4529
Fax (212) 342-0447

Here are resources:
Ask the Gluten Free RD: What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis


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