Patient discussion about dermatitis herpetiformis

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Q. What are the causes of dermatitis herpetiformis?

A1no one knows what triggers the body immune system to attack the body. but there is a theory it's has to be connected to your genetics of your immune system and getting infected by an unknown virus. they think most of the autoimmune diseases are caused by unknown viruses that have similar proteins to the tissues in your body and when the immune system reacts to it- it also attack the body.
A2Dermatitis herpetiformis is an autoimmune disease that causes clusters of extremely itchy blisters on the skin. The autoimmune system normally protects the body from infection and disease. When the autoimmune system malfunctions, something triggers the body to generate an immune response against itself. Dermatitis herpetiformis is caused by proteins called glutens found in foods containing wheat, barley, or rye. Normally, the immune system sends antibodies to attack foreign invaders in the body, such as infections. However, in people with dermatitis herpetiformis, the glutens trigger the immune system to attack the patient’s own skin. For the full article: http://www.hmc.psu.edu/healthinfo/d/dermatitisherpetiformis.htm
This may help also:
http://www.bestincosmetics.com/skin-disorders/dermatitis_herpetiformis.htm
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/d/dermatitis_herpetiformis/intro.htm
Hope this helps.

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