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The link between skin and gluten intolerance

Did you know that your skin can tell you that you have a gluten intolerance?

Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin manifestation of celiac disease and is associated with gluten sensitivity.

It is a genetic disease that occurs in certain predisposed people, in which IgA antibodies are formed directed against some structures in the intestine and skin, which resemble certain components formed after the breakdown of gluten.

It manifests itself in the form of a papulo-vesicular rash with intense itching, located on the extensor surfaces (elbows, knees, forearms, buttocks, sacral area). The name herpetiform comes from the fact that the blisters can be grouped in clusters, similar to herpes simplex.

Correctly diagnosed, responds very well to gluten-free diet associated with dapsone treatment.

It can also be associated with other autoimmune diseases, with an endocrinological, dermatological or rheumatological visa, for example Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, insulin-dependent diabetes, lupus, vitiligo, sarcoidosis.

And because such a condition requires a multidisciplinary approach, in our clinic you can benefit from related consultations: dermatology, nutrition and metabolic diseases, endocrinology or rheumatology.

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