Microdermabrasion Guelph - Dermatitis Herpetiformis is normally abbreviated as DH or likewise 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 disorder having an appearance similar to herpes, even if, DH is not related to or caused by the herpes virus. DH was initially described in 1884 by Dr. Louis Duhring, thus the name. In the year 1867, a correlation between celiac disease or gluten intolerance and DH was recognized. In the majority of cases, the age of onset is typically 15 to 40 years, although, DH could also affect kids as well as the elderly. Men and women are also affected. The prevalence of DH varies from 1 in 400 to 1 in 10,000.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis has a characteristic rash that contains chronic papulovesicular eruptions, that are intensely itchy. This particular type of rash is usually distributed symmetrically on extensor surfaces like for example the back of neck, elbows, knees, back and the buttocks. The blisters can vary from being up to 1 cm across to really small. As this condition is extremely itch intensive, the need to scratch can be overwhelming. This may cause the sufferer to really scratch blisters off before they could be checked by a doctor of medicine. Intense itching or intense burning sensation are sometimes felt prior to blisters appearing in a certain place.
The severity of Dermatitis Herpetiformis could vary over time if left untreated. Normally, the initial symptoms appear in early adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The very first obvious symptoms are the small vesicles or papules which resemble bumps or blisters. The initial signs are intensive burning and itching. Normally, the first blisters appear on the lower end of the spinal column, on the shoulders, along the hairline and at times in the mouth. Rarely, does the rash occur on various mucous membranes other than the mouth or the lips. If gluten ingestion is avoided and the correct treatment is provided, the indications often disappear. In several cases, taking oral contraceptives could worsen the symptoms.
The indications of DH tend to come and go, in short periods of time, yet are always chronic. These indications could be accompanied by fatigue and abdominal pain and some symptoms of celiac disease.
The DH rash usually forms and disappears in 3 stages. The individual will firstly see a slight discoloration of the skin where the lesions appear. The next stage will be the lesions transforming into groups of noticeable papules and vesicles. The healing stage of the lesions is the final stage of development. Often this set of indications is characterized by a skin color change. This could lead to areas of the skin turning darker or lighter compared to the color of the skin elsewhere on the body. Because of the intense itching, individuals generally scratch which can result in the formation of crusts.
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