Microdermabrasion Truro - Dermatitis Herpetiformis is often abbreviated as DH or also referred to as Duhring`s Disease. It is a chronic skin condition which is characterized by blisters that are filled with a watery fluid. The name itself translates to meaning that it is a skin condition having an appearance like herpes, though, DH is not related to or caused by the herpes virus. DH was first described by Dr. Louis Duhring in 1884, hence the name. During 1867, a correlation between gluten intolerance or celiac disease and DH was recognized. In nearly all of cases, the age of onset is usually 15 to 40 years, although, DH can also affect the elderly as well as kids. Women and men are also affected. The prevalence of DH varies from 1 in 400 to 1 in 10,000.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis has a characteristic rash which contains chronic papulovesicular eruptions, that are intensely itchy. This type of rash is normally distributed symmetrically on extensor surfaces like for instance the knees, back of neck, elbows, back and the buttocks. The blisters can range from being up to 1 cm across to very small. Because this particular condition is really itch intensive, the desire to scratch could be overwhelming. This may cause the sufferer to actually scratch blisters off before they could be examined by a doctor. Intense burning sensations or intense itching are sometimes felt prior to blisters appearing in a particular area.
The severity of Dermatitis Herpetiformis could vary over time if left untreated. Normally, the first indications appear in early adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The first noticeable symptoms are the tiny vesicles or papules that resemble blisters or bumps. The first signs are intensive burning and itching. Usually, the very first blisters appear on the lower end of the spinal column, on the shoulders, along the hairline and at times within the mouth. Rarely, does the rash occur on various mucous membranes other than the lips or the mouth. If gluten ingestion is avoided and the appropriate treatment is given, the symptoms often disappear. In various cases, taking oral contraceptives could exacerbate the signs.
The symptoms of DH tend to come and go, in short periods of time, yet are always chronic. These signs can be accompanied by tiredness and abdominal pain and some indications of celiac disease.
The DH rash normally forms and disappears in 3 stages. The person would at first see a slight discoloration of the skin where the lesions appear. The next stage will be the lesions transforming into groups of obvious vesicles and papules. The healing stage of the lesions is the last stage of development. Normally this set of indications is characterized by a skin color change. This can result in parts of the skin turning darker or lighter compared to the color of the skin somewhere else on the body. Because of the intense itching, people generally scratch which can cause the formation of crusts.
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