Symptoms of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) tend to flare up and disappear, so the condition is often mistaken for eczema. It causes extreme itchiness. Other symptoms may include:

  • Blisters
  • Liquid-filled sores
  • Hive-like bumps

They can appear anywhere on the body, but are most often seen:

  • On the elbows
  • On the knees
  • On the back and buttocks
  • Along the hairline of the neck
  • On the shoulder blades

In rare cases, tooth enamel is also affected.

Complications of DH include celiac disease, which can lead to intestinal cancer.

Related Resources

Celiac Disease Foundation*

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