What Is Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

Q:
What is dermatitis herpetiformis?

A:
Dermatitis herpetiformis is a chronic blistering skin condition. It usually appears as blisters filled with watery fluid. Although it has herpe in its name, it has nothing to do with herpes virus. Its name means that it has appearance like herpes.

It usually occurs on people of 15-40, but it may also affect children and the elderly. It is most common in patients of northern Europe or northern Indian ancestry.

Dermatitis herpetiformis may have following chronic symptoms:

  • Intense itch.
  • Chronic papulovesicular eruptions.
  • Blisters. They vary in size from very small to 1cm across.
  • Strong desire to scratch.
  • Small papules or vesicles.

If you have symptoms above, you had better consult your doctor and have your skin checked at once. Your doctor will arrange following treatment for you.

Keyword: dermatitis herpetiformis

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