Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Also indexed as:Dermatitis Multiformis, Duhring’s Disease, Hydroa herpetiforme, Circinatus Bullosus
This rare but serious food allergy can cause uncomfortable rashes. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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About This Condition

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a chronic disease of the skin that may occur in people of any age, but is most common in the second to fourth decades of life.1


DH is characterized by intensely itchy hives or blister-like patches of skin located primarily on elbows, knees, and buttocks, although other sites may be involved. A burning or stinging sensation may accompany the itching.

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