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Dermatitis herpetiformis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Brocq-Duhring disease
  • Duhring Brocq disease
  • Duhring's disease
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Treatment

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How might dermatitis herpetiformis be treated?

The antibiotic dapsone is extremely effective in treating this condition.[1] Symptomatic improvement may occur in as little as several hours after the first dose.[2] However, dapsone may cause serious side effects and requires regular monitoring by a physician. When this medication is used to relieve the symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis, it should be taken in the smallest effective dose and for the shortest period possible.[3] In some cases, immunosuppressive medications may be used. These medications do not appear to be as effective.[1] A strict gluten-free diet is also recommended to help control the disease. Following this diet may eliminate the need for medications and prevent later complications.[1][2]
Last updated: 10/29/2014

References
  1. Berman K, Zieve D. Dermatitis herpetiformis. MedlinePlus. May 15, 2013; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001480.htm. Accessed 10/29/2014.
  2. Miller JL. Dermititis Herpetiformia Treatment & Management. Medscape Reference. June 12, 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1062640-treatment#showall. Accessed 10/29/2014.
  3. Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Gluten Intolerance Group. October 23, 2014; https://www.gluten.net/resources/dermatitis-herpetiformis/. Accessed 10/29/2014.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Dermatitis herpetiformis . Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Brocq-Duhring disease
  • Duhring Brocq disease
  • Duhring's disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.