I’ve been itching like crazy these past several months, as I’ve not been taking any dapsone, the preferred medication for dermatitis herpatiformis. Now it seems, I really need to go natural and remove gluten from my diet.
As a researcher, I’ve been fascinated to observe just how the itching progresses unhampered. It really gets bad. You’ll tear at your skin far too much for safety and sanitation. It shifts around your body. Some day your buttock will itch more. Then another day it will be your knees. Then your sides. Then your back. Then back to your sides. Then back to your back. And your elbows will itch throughout the whole time. It looks and feels different in each area, hitting you even at your knuckles. It gets your neck, but interestingly, never bothers your face. I wonder why.
Well, I’ve got to put the researcher in me away. This has been frustrating. I met with a dermatologist this week and he was a breath of fresh air. He said it straight. I need to go gluten-free. I was his first “real” case of dermatitis herpatiformis (he prepared for it in college, but never met a patient with it until me). He didn’t mince words. And I realized then that I had to let go my desires for bread and pasta. It should be easier now that we’re back in New York City.