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Can dermatitis herpetiformis be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

No, there is no way to prevent dermatitis herpetiformis. Because no one knows exactly what causes the body to react to gluten the way it does, there is no known way to prevent the condition. Following a diet free of gluten will reduce further problems associated with the disease, however.

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