Other Names for this Disease
- Duhring Brocq disease
- Brocq-Duhring disease
- Duhring's disease
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The antibiotic dapsone is extremely effective in treating this condition. Symptomatic improvement may occur in as little as several hours after the first dose. 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. In some cases, immunosuppressive medications may be used. These medications do not appear to be as effective. 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.
Last updated: 10/29/2014
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- Miller JL. Dermititis Herpetiformia Treatment & Management. Medscape Reference. June 12, 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1062640-treatment#showall. Accessed 10/29/2014.
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Gluten Intolerance Group. October 23, 2014; https://www.gluten.net/resources/dermatitis-herpetiformis/. Accessed 10/29/2014.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare 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.