Anyone familiar with dermatitis herpetiformis? I don’t know a lot about, just some I’ve read and bits of pieces of things Eric has told me… My understanding is it’s a very itchy skin rash caused by a gluten sensitivity.
Months ago, I think early spring, Eric started to show signs of severe allergies. Being spring we blamed it on pollen and such and he started to try different over the counter allergy medications. Nothing worked. After a few months he saw an allergist who did some testing and decided he was allergic to carba mix, which is actually an allergy to three really long words I won’t bore you with here. Those three things though are in almost everything, especially rubber. Naturally we thought maybe it was rubber gloves or gowns Eric wears during surgery… But as the months passed his condition worsened. He’s now using topical steroids on his entire body, including in his eyes. The itching and sores are just getting out of control. His hands are so sore he’s having a hard time keeping them from bleeding. Even his nails have sores and blisters.
So, Eric being a doctor and really enjoying research and science in general, began investigating… and decided he has Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Last week was FINALLY his appointment with a local dermatologist. And what… they think it’s contact dermatitis, probably from a soap, lotion, or something he’s constantly getting on his body, most likely something at home since it’s all over his body. They wouldn’t even do a biopsy of one of his sores, just to rule out issues from gluten, be it just a sensitivity to gluten, or true celiac disease.
I’m so annoyed. Eric is out of his mind itching. He can’t sleep because of it. He’s afraid it’s ruining his nails permanently. And who knows if his itching is leaving scars all over his body. I wish I could help him… My best attempt was to purchase all ‘free and clear’ products for our home for Eric to try until he returns to the dermatologist in a few weeks.