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Dermatitis Herpetiformis ("Skin Celiac Disease")

Dermatitis Herpetiformis ("Skin Celiac Disease")

Nearly all patients with DH do have changes in the bowel mucosa identical to celiac disease, and the skin lesions are almost always cured by a strict glutenfree diet. Dermatitis Herpetiformis and Celiac Disease are in fact the same disease, and prof Jarmo Visakorpi, Tampere, Finland has suggested the name "Skin Celiac Disease". A synonym is Duhring´s disease.


A picture of slight changes due to Dermatitis Herpetiformis on the elbow.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

The itching caused by Dermatitis Herpetiformis can be severe, and the skin changes are partly caused by scratching.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Slight scars above the knee from Dermatitis Herpetiformis, treated for over half a year by glutenfree diet.


Lesions below the knee on the anterior surface of the leg


Dermatitis herpetiformis lesions on the forearm. Nearly all patients with dermatitis herpetiformis have duodenal mucosal atrophy, seen in the endoscopic picture to the right as a slight granulation in the mucosa.