Gluten Rash: Early Warning Signs & How To Treat It Naturally

Skin irritations such as rashes and hives can come and go, and sometimes without any treatment. However, there are some that linger and become more intense.  One such type of rash is known as a gluten rash or dermatitis herpetiformis (DH).  And, according to Johns Hopkins University, it may be a sign of something more serious.

When I was in my forties, I suffered for months from such a rash.  An itchy patch of skin erupted on my torso. The skin in the affected area grew red and flaky, and I clawed at it in a never-ending effort to find relief. Some nights, the itching became so intense that I just couldn’t sleep. In desperation, I searched for answers from alternative medical professionals, and it became clear that this was more than just a rash.  I was dealing with a sensitivity or an intolerance to gluten.

What Is Gluten

Gluten is a type of protein that acts as a binder, or “glue,” to keep certain foods together. It’s found in several grains, including:

  • Wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, emmer or farro, Khorasan, einkorn, and freekeh)
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)

While oats don’t naturally contain gluten, many commercial varieties of oats and oat products are exposed to gluten during storage, transportation, or processing. [1]

Gluten is also used as a thickening agent and filler in everything from ketchup to ice cream. It can also be present in many processed and packaged foods, such as sauce mixes and beer. The inactive ingredients in many medications are gluten-based. It’s used in just about everything.

Gluten and gluten intolerance is highly debated, but it is on the rise worldwide.  Many believe that the rising incidence of gluten intolerance and celiac disease is the result of gluten being used as food additive, not just a grain source. [2]

What is a Gluten Allergy Rash?

The symptoms of a gluten allergy rash can vary widely from person to person, but Johns Hopkins University describes it as an incredibly itchy skin condition. It is characterized by eruptions of small skin bumps, blisters, or raised patches in the skin that are filled with fluid, and small bumps or papules. A gluten rash on the elbows is common, and it also can appear on the forearms, knees, buttocks, back, face, or even at the hairline. [3] It typically affects people in their 30s to 50s, but it can happen at any age. This lifelong condition affects more men than women. [4]

Other Symptoms Of DH

The gut may also have the same allergy to gluten. This is known as celiac disease. You can have both DH and celiac. Some cases of celiac become cancerous. You may also experience an increase in bloating and indigestion. Because of this, if you have celiac disease, it is important to see a healthcare provider who specializes in the stomach and intestines (a gastroenterologist). [5]

How to Treat Gluten Rash (DH) At Home Naturally

DH may be well-controlled with treatment.

If you have been diagnosed with dermatitis herpetiformis, we recommend using a mild cleansing soap like our Goat’s Milk Soaps. Commercial liquid body washes are made with chemical ingredients (detergents) that can further irritate the skin.

Moisturize with Neem Cream. Neem Cream provides immediate relief from the itching, irritation, and pain caused by a variety of skin conditions including gluten rash. If you have open wounds from scratching the affected area, we recommend using a wax based ointment such as ProCure Psoriasis & Eczema Relief Balm. Balms and ointments are made with a wax base that adds a layer of protection while it seals and locks in moisture.  The wax allows the therapeutic plant oils, butters and extracts to penetrated deep into the skin to repair, heal, and restore.  In addition to eliminating the itching, irritation, and burning, this restorative balm tackles redness and inflammation.


There is no known way to prevent this disease. You may be able to prevent complications by avoiding foods that contain gluten and following a strict gluten-free diet to control your dermatitis herpetiformis. Read food labels to discover if a product contains gluten. Many foods today have labels that indicate whether a food is gluten-free or not.

Even with a gluten-free diet, you’ll need to continue using topical treatments that are less irritating to the skin. If you are experiencing continued DH flair-ups, your should consult your Doctor or an expert in celiac disease.

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[1] Everyday Health, What Is Gluten
[2] Center Spring MD, Gluten The New Food Additive
[3] Everyday Health, Gluten Allergy Rash: Identification and Treatment
[4] & [5] John Hopkins, Dermatitis Herpetiformis

June 27, 2021 5:58 pm

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