Dermatitis herpetiformis, familial (DH) is an inherited, chronic, autoimmune condition of the skin related to celiac disease (CD) and gluten consumption. In classic CD (please also visit: Celiac disease), the intestines are primarily affected; but in DH, the skin is also affected.
Frequent eruptions of red, blistered, and extremely itchy patches of skin are characteristics of dermatitis herpetiformis, familial. These patches can appear anywhere on the body, including the face and mouth. Because dermatitis herpetiformis, familial is often associated with celiac disease, symptoms such as bloating or abdominal pain may also occur. Diagnosis of this condition is often done through blood testing as well as a skin sample (biopsy) of the affected region(s). This condition can be managed with diet changes, such as reducing or completely eliminating gluten from the diet, and medication if necessary. If you are experiencing similar symptoms, or have a family history of the condition, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options.