Skin disease is common in those with gluten sensitivity. The most commonly seen skin affliction is called dermatitis herpetiformis.
Scientists at the Medical University of Silesia in Poland decided to find out whether or not antibodies for celiac disease could be found in the blood of those with psoriasis. They already knew that psoriasis was seen in some patients that had celiac disease and those with gluten sensitivity, plus a remission could be seen in the psoriasis on those who switched to a gluten-free diet. A remission of the psoriasis could even be seen in those who had had psoriasis for years.
The researchers took blood serum samples from 67 patients with psoriasis as well as serum from healthy people without the disease. They looked for antibodies against transglutaminase enzyme and against gliadin. They found that patients with psoriasis had higher antibody levels of both transglutaminase and gliadin for IgA. Both of these correlated with psoriasis activity.
The Polish researchers concluded that these results imply that there is an association between psoriasis and celiac disease / gluten intolerance\sensitivity without the symptoms. (Source: J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol, Sept 2008; Vol. 22, No. 9, 1055-61.).
Keep in mind that someone with gluten sensitivity doesn’t always manifest symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea that are commonly associated with celiac disease.
Psoriasis is just one more of the skin manifestations of gluten sensitivity
After reading this research study, we now know that dermatologists can solve some of the cases of rashes just by recommending a grain-free diet. A gluten-free diet eliminates rye, wheat and barley, but a true gluten free/grain-free diet eliminates all grains.
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