Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dermatitis herpetiformis - A Brief Discussion

Dermatitis herpetiformis is an autoimmune blistering skin disorder associated with coeliac disease. It is caused by deposition of IgA in the dermis.
 Despite its name, DH is neither related to nor caused by herpes virus: the name means that it is a skin inflammation having an appearance similar to herpes.

Clinical Features: 
The age of onset is usually about 15-40, but Dermatitis herpetiformis can also affect children and the elderly. Men and women are equally affected.
 Symptoms include:
  • Extremely itchy bumps or blisters, most often on the elbows, knees, back, and buttocks
  • The rash is usually the same size and shape on both sides
  • The rash can look like eczema
  • Some people may have scratch marks and skin erosions instead of blisters
  • Most people with dermatitis herpetiformis have damage to their intestines from eating gluten. But only some have intestinal symptoms.
                                          Classic vesicles of dermatitis herpetiformis.

Diagnosis: Dermatitis herpetiformis is often misdiagnosed, being confused with drug eruptions, contact dermatitis, eczema , and even scabies.
The diagnosis can be confirmed by a skin biopsy: direct immunofluorescence shows deposition of IgA in a granular pattern in the upper dermis.

1. An antibiotic called dapsone is very effective.
2. A strict gluten-free diet will also be recommended to help control the disease. Sticking to this diet may eliminate the need for medicines and prevent later complications.
3. Drugs that supress the immune system may be used, but are less effective.

Prognosis: The disease may be well-controlled with treatment. Without treatment, there may be a significant risk of intestinal cancer.


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    Memahami pria
    Pria yang menderita impotensi cenderung enggan bercinta dan membicarakan masalah tersebut pada pasangannya. Jadi wanita pun sebaiknya tidak menjadikannya bahan gurauan. Sebaliknya, pahami posisi pria dan jangan anggap sepele masalah ini.

    Mencari penyebab
    Ada banyak faktor yang bisa memicu disfungsi ereksi. Misalnya stres, kondisi fisik yang lemah, atau pengaruh obat-obatan. Cari tahu penyebab yang sebenarnya dari impotensi pria untuk mengatasinya dengan segera.

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