Do I have celiac disease and possibly dernatitis herpetiformis?
I'm a 20 year old female and for the last two weeks I have been experiencing extreme itchiness all over my body and there are small bumps that have appeared on my skin just about everywhere, there are a few small scratches that have appeared also. The bumps on my skin scab on their own. I visited the doctor who was not able to explain what it is, he simply said it could be an allergic reaction to something but I don't think that's it. He did a blood test to see if he could find anything wrong which revealed I have a muscle enzyme level of about 986 (170 being normal). I am wondering if anyone knows how this skin problem that has suddenly appeared could be somehow related to my abnormally high muscle enzyme level.
My theory is I may have celiac disease (which is an autoimmune disease which would explain my high muscle enzyme levels) which is causing dermatitis herepetiformis (Duhring's disease) which would explain the bumps and itchiness of my skin.
Please offer your opinion if you know anything at all about this. Thank you so much!
We can not diagnose your bumps on the internet, but it sounds like you read a lot of internet information that could be not related to your condition at all. High CK can be after exercises. Just repeat the test. If it is still high, see a rheumatologist to check muscles.
Thank you for your response. You're right, I shouldn't be trying to diagnose myself,my bumps could be caused by anything for all I know. Well I'm seeing a doctor tomorrow, hopefully I'll get some answers then.
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Yes, skin lesions can occur in irritable bowel disease, but more in Crohn's than other causes of IBS. A Scaly rash could be due to atopic or contact dermatitis, psoriasis or even eczema.
In this case you need to rule out the cause for the hives or urticaria. Urticaria is usually triggered by allergens, such as drugs, foods, insect bites, inhaled substances, in response to sunlight, cold, heat, stress, exercise, or a viral infection. Other common allergens are pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, or cosmetics. Food allergies like to gluten and alcohol too should be looked into. You may need to consult an allergy specialist.
Since I cannot examine you and know other related conditions you may be having, nor is a detailed history possible on net, I have listed the various possibilities that should be looked into. Please consult your PCP for primary examination followed by proper referral to a skin specialist. Take care!
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