Originally Posted by Pomlida
Hey, a long time ago a few red itchy bumps sprouted on my right knee and expanded to a point where I had one large itchy bump on my knee. A couple weeks after that, the same thing happened to my left elbow, then right elbow, left knee, and finally on the knuckle of my right middle finger. I haven't been to the doctor because I am a college student and my mother wanted me to schedule a doctors appointment for my next break. In the the meantime, I've been using cortizone cream but it only works on my knees. Anyone have an idea of what could be a cause. Also, it's not the ringworm, I did research on ringworms, its something else.
Diagnosis ~ Dermatitis Herpetiformis
After reading this post, I just had to reply.
After a lot of searching, I finally found the source of my husbands itchy, painful bump and blisters that appeared on his elbows, knees, forehead, butt, and fingers. I had to come back here to post our findings to help others.
He went to 4 doctors (Dermatologists and allergists). None of them tested his skin. All they did was prescribe a steroid cream... that did not work.
One doc told him it was eczema...another said psoriasis...another told him it was shingles. Even I knew it wasn't those things! Why can't doctors just say that they DON'T KNOW what it is... instead of making something up?
After searching for weeks online, I finally found a picture of it. It was shown as Dermatitis Herpetiformis !! I printed the picture and he took the pic to the doc the next day and told him that he wanted his skin tested for Dermatitis Herpetiformis.
MAKE SURE A DERMATOLOGIST TAKES A SAMPLE OF YOUR SKIN BLISTER AND HAS IT TESTED!! My husbands test came back POSITIVE!
Cause = GLUTEN!!
He never had any stomach issues and that is why the docs never thought of it. A very small percentage only have Dermatitis Herpetiformis without the stomach issues. He went on a gluten diet and the sores are gone. He can tell when he eats gluten, because he gets some sores back.
He was prescribed Dapsone for times when he accidentally eats gluten and gets the sores. The Dapsone helps. Since he avoids gluten, he doesn't need the Dapsone very often.
I just had to post this, so others won't have to suffer with docs that are clueless. You are your own best advocate ; - )
Best of Luck!