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September 1978

Gluten Sensitivity

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Clackamas, Ore

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(9):1400. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640210079033

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To the Editor.—  This letter is to report an unusual case of possible gluten sensitivity and to relate it to home baking.

Report of a Case.—  A 34-year-old woman complained of moderate pruritus in early January of 1978. She had itchy papules, mainly on her trunk and slightly on her arms; mild scabies was diagnosed. Treatment with gamma benzene hexachloride (Kwell) had no effect. In fact, she returned one week later with more severe itching and was put on a regimen of prednisone, 50 mg/day, and hydroxyzine hydrochloride (Atarax), 10 mg at bedtime. At that time, it was thought that she had an allergic reaction to the dead mites. Her husband, the only other family member, had no symptoms of any skin disease. One week later the itching was about the same and crotamiton (Eurax cream) was applied, which not only did not help, but which seemed to make her

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