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Dermatitus Herpetiformus ?

Posted by
sean [302.274] on February 22, 2005 at 02:40:10:

While i was in the Navy i began getting small 1-3 mm pustules on my feet and hands. Mostly on my feet. It seems to be associated with moisture. My feet will heal if i am barefoot for a week or so, and my hands are mostly free of symptoms until i wear gloves and they get wet. If i have my shoes on and some water gets on them, i have to change my shoes and socks immediately or i will have a major break-out.

Has anyone heard of this stuff before? The itching is unbelievable, but when it is scratched, the pustules burst and clear fluid comes out. (very watery) The skin will develop a thin crust which is more like a scab made of skin than anything else i can think of. If the area is large enough there will be a patch of tissue that leaks this fluid constantly (along with blood if i'm especially scratchy that day) until it eventually dries up and the process starts all over again.

This came upon me very suddenly and is far better now than when i was in the navy. At one point i literally had no skin on either my feet or my hands.

I should mention that the pustules usually occur between the fingers or toes or right at the nail on top of my fingers or toes. On my feet the areas are on my heels, and soles as well.

PLEASE HELP!!



Re: Dermatitus Herpetiformus ?

Posted by Penny [2421.11] on February 22, 2005 at 08:20:22:

In Reply to: Dermatitus Herpetiformus ? posted by sean [302.274] on February 22, 2005 at 02:40:10:

herpes will usually run is course and go dormant for a time.. you are describing a continuous outbreak and recurrance.. which suggests to me that it may be fungal in origin..

I have had the viral outbreaks between my fingers. before the "blister" even appears, the pain feels like i have stuck a needle clear thru the bone in the affected area. the pain goes away after the skin finally erupts with the tiny blister or cluster of blisters. I usually only have 1 or 2 outbreaks on my hands per year.

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Re: Dermatitus Herpetiformus ?

Posted by
sean [302.274] on February 22, 2005 at 20:19:23:

In Reply to: Dermatitus Herpetiformus ? posted by sean [302.274] on February 22, 2005 at 02:40:10:

Actually this has nothing to do with herpes at all, even though the name suggests this. Actually it is a form of eczema. I have done some further research over the internet, and have discovered that what i have is probably dishydrotic eczema. It is not contageous in any way, and its cause is unknown though some think it is associated with sweat.

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Re: Dermatitus Herpetiformus ? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.1465] on February 23, 2005 at 07:17:56:

In Reply to: Dermatitus Herpetiformus ? posted by sean [302.274] on February 22, 2005 at 02:40:10:

Hi, Sean.

Listen to Penny. This is at least a form of autoimmunity or hypersensitivity to environmental (including diet) substances. In my opinion, your best bet would be to practice serious wellness for a year or so and see if you still have flareups. Hopefully, when you see how much better you function by then, you will not want to stop your new habits.

Let us know how you do. In the meantime, at least twice a day 1% hydrocortisone cream (OTC), applied sparingly and rubbed in well--when the rash is there--will help.

Walt

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