Orlando Duhring's Disease Treatment
This patient information on Orlando Duhring's Disease Treatment, Dermatitis Herpetiformis is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.
What is it? Dermatitis Herpetiformis, also sometimes known as Duhring's Disease, is a rare disease of the skin. It can occur at any age, but it is most frequently seen in adults. Typically it appears as very itchy bumps, pus bumps or tiny water blisters on the skin. The most common areas are the elbows, knees, back of neck, upper back and near the base of the spine. Burning sensations may often precede the development of the itchy bumps. Dermatitis Herpetiformis may appear localized to one area of the skin or it may be scattered.
What causes it? People who have dermatitis Herpetiformis are often sensitive to gluten. Gluten is a substance found in grain products such as wheat, barley and oats. Why a person develops gluten sensitivity is unknown. A diet free of gluten products often improves dermatitis Herpetiformis, but it is a tough diet to follow. Many of those affected prefer a non dietary therapy. Some individuals that have dermatitis Herpetiformis will also have intestinal problems from the gluten sensitivity known as celiac sprue.
Is it dangerous? For the typical healthy person dermatitis Herpetiformis is a harmless disorder. It is not related to cancer and it does not involve internal organs.
Can it be cured? Dermatitis Herpetiformis can be controlled but not cured, and most will need either continuous medical treatment or diet therapy to keep the disease in control.
Will it spread? The amount of skin involvement you have will vary from time to time. Treatment helps prevent further spread.
Is it contagious? it is not contagious and you cannot "catch it" from anyone.
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