home
RSS
September 8th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Does eating gluten cause eczema?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the
American Cancer Society.

Question asked by L. Rodriguez, Orange County, California

I have suffered from eczema for many years. I changed doctors last year and she thinks that my skin condition may be a result of being allergic to gluten.

Since I have an HMO, she cannot test me for the allergy because they will not pay for it. I have tried going gluten free and the skin condition got better but did not go away. Is there anything that I can do to be sure I was given the proper diagnosis before completely changing my diet and life?

Expert answer

You ask a fascinating question about a very common disease, much of which was first described only in the past 60 years.

Celiac disease is also called gluten-sensitive enteropathy and nontropical sprue. It is an allergy to gluten in the diet. People with this disease often have mild abdominal discomforts such as bloating and gas after consumption of breads and cereals that contain gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Some have more serious symptoms such as bowel mal-absorption, abdominal pain, diarrhea and nutrient or vitamin deficiency. Children with it can have severe malnutrition and growth impairment.

The treatment of a serious gluten allergy is a gluten-free diet, which has a lot of meat, fruit, milk and potatoes. Many grocery stores are starting to carry gluten-free foods. Restaurants in Europe and Australia commonly advertise gluten-free meals. Abdominal symptoms generally improve within a few weeks of changing to a gluten free diet.

This disease is primarily found in whites of Northern European ancestry. It is estimated that 1 in every 300 to 1 in every 500 Northern Europeans have some form of it, usually with relatively mild non-specific abdominal symptoms. This disease was once thought to be one that began in childhood and infancy, and some children eventually grew out of it. It is now realized that some children do go into remission and may relapse later. Also, the prevalence of the disease increases with age, meaning some people develop it as they age. Some will develop first symptoms in their 50s or 60s.

Patients are at higher risk for Type 1 diabetes, mellitus, collagen vascular diseases, autoimmune thyroid disease. Bone mineral deficiencies such as osteopenia and osteoporosis have also been noted. Uncontrolled celiac disease is also associated with a small increased risk of a number of malignancies. There is no special cancer screening recommended for patients with celiac disease.

The disease can be diagnosed using blood tests that measure the amount of immunoglobulin that binds to the proteins gliadin and endomysium. The classic definition of celiac disease includes atrophy of parts of the small bowel as seen on biopsy. A series of small bowel biopsies is often done to confirm it. The biopsies can be done through an endoscopy, in which a fiber-optic tube is placed in the mouth and down into the small bowel or through some even less invasive procedures.

There are some skin illnesses associated with celiac disease. It is very frequently associated with dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy red raised rash with fluid-filled vesicles. This rash is not related or caused by any of the herpes viruses, but has the name because the rash resembles that of the herpes viruses or shingles. It improves as the disease improves with diet modification.

Patients and their seemingly unaffected family members are more likely to have atopic dermatitis, which is also known as eczema. The hallmark of eczema is itching with the skin scaling, crusting and an oozing of a serous or transparent fluid. Eczema can be worsened by stress, heat, dry air and sweating.

You actually may not have celiac disease or at least you may not have the clinical manifestations of a gluten allergy and you can still have eczema related to celiac disease. It would be preferable that you get the testing to confirm or disprove the diagnosis of gluten allergy. Even if the tests were negative, many physicians would suggest a two month trial of a gluten-free diet to see if the eczema improves. Most would advocate continuing the diet if there seemed to be some improvement in the rash and even if it did not clear up fully.


soundoff (662 Responses)
  1. sex things for adults

    w88Finally, it features iii unlike maps that are changed in around updates.

    http://www.w88casino.net/w88/

    March 15, 2021 at 10:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. eLeasing.XMC.PL

    Czlowiek jest do tego stopnia egoistyczny, ze stojac nad grobem przyjaciela, potrafi plakac nad soba z powodu jego utraty. Agnieszka Lisak

    http://www.eleasing.xmc.pl

    March 20, 2021 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sextant definition for kids

    w88Precisely playacting games will pull in you a little come of decals and toppers simply if you really need to careen the arena, you pauperization to unfold crates and purchase DLCs!

    http://www.w88casino.net/w88/

    March 21, 2021 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Raje Podatkowe

    Trzeba miec, co sie chce! I trzeba zyc, jak sie chce! – Jerzy Pilch

    http://www.taxes.xmc.pl

    April 3, 2021 at 06:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. 200mg sildenafil paypal

    order sildenafil us https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil 200mg

    April 3, 2021 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. how much is alprostadil

    injectable ed medicine https://alprostadildrugs.com/ alprostadil suppository

    April 4, 2021 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. News Business

    Hello, I am a big fan of Justin Bieber One Less Lonely Girl, do You love dancing to it too? Laters!

    http://www.m106.com

    April 4, 2021 at 20:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. vardenafil vs tadalafil vs viagra which gives better erection?

    vardenafil 20mg dosage https://vegavardenafil.com/ buy generic vardenafil over the counter with no pres. online

    April 6, 2021 at 04:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ekonomia Pojęcia

    To jest prawdziwa przyjaźń – osłaniać innych nawet kosztem siebie. Prymas Stefan Wyszyński...

    http://www.ekonom.xmc.pl

    April 7, 2021 at 02:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. WWW.EKONOM.XMC.PL

    To jest prawdziwa przyjazń – oslaniac innych nawet kosztem siebie. Prymas Stefan Wyszyński...

    http://www.ekonom.xmc.pl

    April 7, 2021 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Ekonomia

    Zycie to zagadka, nie trac czasu, bo jej nie rozwiazesz. – Dan Millman

    http://www.ekonom.xmc.pl

    April 7, 2021 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Ekonomia

    Zwierzeta sa z reguly moimi przyjacilomi, a ja nie zjadam swoich przyjaciol. G. Shaw & TM... 🙂

    http://www.ekonom.xmc.pl

    April 9, 2021 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Ekonomia

    Za kazdym praworzadnym mezczyzna, ktory odnilsl sukces, stoi kobieta – ktora nie ma co na siebie wlozyc. Sir. James Stewart

    http://www.ekonom.xmc.pl

    April 9, 2021 at 23:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Cypr Podatki

    Yourrrre able to certainly call at your devotion inside operate youre writing. The planet hopes for a lot more serious novelists just like you that arenrrrt anxious to convey how they consider. Continually do the heart..

    http://www.taxes.xmc.pl

    April 10, 2021 at 20:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. vardenafil vs viagra vs cialis

    vardenafil hcl generic https://vegavardenafil.com/ does canada sell generic vardenafil

    April 15, 2021 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. generic tadalafil

    tadalafil 40 mg from india https://elitadalafill.com/ tadalafil max dose

    April 22, 2021 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Forklift Maintenance Shop California

    http://southburnett.com.au/movies/movie.php?url=https://wildwestlifttrucks.com/chino-forklifts/

    April 23, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Kitchen California

    https://www.ctgoodjobs.hk/english/count/count_job_detail.asp?ctno=3125150010046&to=http://newportcatalina.com

    April 23, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. near by house for sale

    This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Many thanks!

    https://drova-lutsk.derevo.ua/redirect?goto=http://meganleary.com

    April 23, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. semi truck shop near me

    You have made some decent points there. I checked on the net for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

    http://toolbarqueries.google.com/url?q=https://ocrvcenter.com/motorhome-windshield-repair-near-me/

    April 24, 2021 at 10:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Awning Near Me

    http://www.lighthouseseries.com/cgi-bin/at3/out.cgi?id=1077&tag=toplist&trade=http://srilankaholidaystour.com/aenean-lacinia-bibendum//

    April 24, 2021 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RV Generator Orange County

    I like it whenever people get together and share thoughts. Great website, stick with it!

    http://afk.sportedu.ru/sites/all/modules/pubdlcnt/pubdlcnt.php?file=http3A2F2Fwww.ocrvmotorcoaches.com

    April 24, 2021 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. houses for sale post falls

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It's the little changes that produce the most important changes. Many thanks for sharing!

    https://google.tn/url?sa=j&source=web&rct=j&url=https://meganleary.com

    April 24, 2021 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Restoration Riverside

    https://www.studyrama.be/tracking.php?origine=ficheform5683&lien=http://newrvowners.com

    April 24, 2021 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. homes for sale kellogg id

    https://www.virobnicha-kompaniya-galaktik.derevo.ua/redirect?goto=https://meganleary.com

    April 24, 2021 at 22:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Forklift Service Shop California

    Hi there, There's no doubt that your web site could be having browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in Internet Explorer, it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, great blog!

    http://fickr.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=wildwestlifttrucks.com/cerritos-forklifts/

    April 24, 2021 at 23:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Forklifts Orange County

    https://violentrape.com/out.php?https://wildwestlifttrucks.com/osha

    April 25, 2021 at 01:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. good paint shops near me

    http://affordableagility.com/cgi-bin/mcart/ares.cgi?ID=200947528&url=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-valley-village-california/

    April 25, 2021 at 21:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Furniture Riverside

    I'm more than happy to uncover this site. I need to to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely savored every part of it and I have you book marked to check out new things on your web site.

    http://fireflyvodka.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=tuxedoparkrealtor.com/tuxedo-park/classic-tuxedo-park-home-cottage/

    April 25, 2021 at 21:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. oc wheel repair

    Very good article. I absolutely love this site. Continue the good work!

    https://auth.mindmixer.com/GetAuthCookie?returnUrl=https://ocrvcenter.com/rv-repair-shop-poway-california/

    April 25, 2021 at 23:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Bedroom California

    https://www.nsbe.org/impakredirect.aspx?url=https://kirmes-werkel.de/index.php/gaestebuch?start=400

    April 25, 2021 at 23:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. alprostadil injection demonstration

    alprostadil storage https://alprostadildrugs.com/ where to buy alprostadil cream

    April 26, 2021 at 05:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. online betting

    I am no longer positive the place you are getting your information, however good topic.
    I needs to spend some time studying much more or understanding more.

    Thanks for fantastic information I used to be looking for
    this information for my mission.

    April 27, 2021 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. homes for sale dalton gardens id

    http://www.milanwoods.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.meganleary.com

    April 27, 2021 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. houses for sale twin lakes id

    http://auth.microsites.m-atelier.cz/redir?url=https://meganleary.com

    April 27, 2021 at 22:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. nearest realtor

    Hello! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for your great information you have got here on this post. I'll be coming back to your website for more soon.

    http://www.gbqconsulting.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.meganleary.com

    April 27, 2021 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. cvs pharmacy male enhancement pills

    can erectile dysfunction be fixed https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ best erectile dysfunction treatment

    April 28, 2021 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. sildenafil 50 price

    buy sildenafil uk https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil 20 mg tablets price

    April 29, 2021 at 02:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. priligy

    dapoxetine 90 mg priligy uk price

    April 30, 2021 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. how can i order cialis from a canadian pharmacy

    cialis through canadian pharmacies https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis viagra combination canadian pharmacy

    May 2, 2021 at 07:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. canadian pills online

    canadian diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian customs pills vitamins

    May 2, 2021 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. high risk merchant account

    It's difficult to find educated people on this subject, however, you seem like
    you know what you're talking about! Thanks

    May 3, 2021 at 07:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. vans authentic fear of god

    Greetings from Idaho! I'm bored to tears at work so
    I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during
    lunch break. I really like the info you present here and can't wait to take
    a look when I get home. I'm shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, amazing blog!

    May 3, 2021 at 20:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. la kings dodgers jerseys

    I am really thankful to the owner of this web page who has shared this
    great piece of writing at here.

    May 4, 2021 at 05:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. online dating coach

    The next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn't disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, nonetheless I genuinely thought you would probably have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you can fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

    http://www.parmentier.de/cgi-bin/link.cgi?https://realchrisburns.com

    May 4, 2021 at 14:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. chevrolet express van

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the site is very good.

    https://local.google.mk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://boxtruckrepairshop.com

    May 4, 2021 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Steps Los Angeles

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks, However I am going through issues with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can't subscribe to it. Is there anybody else getting identical RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    https://google.pn/url?sa=j&source=web&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Focrv.club&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 4, 2021 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. online financial coach

    http://www.amigruppa.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?event1=&event2=&event3=&goto=https://realchrisburns.com

    May 4, 2021 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. heavy duty truck repair

    https://maps.google.td/url?sa=j&url=https://fleetservicesocrv.com

    May 4, 2021 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. online anxiety coach

    https://cse.google.tk/url?q=j&sa=t&url=https://realchrisburns.com

    May 4, 2021 at 16:54 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.