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How is dermatitis herpetiformis diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In addition to looking at the appearance of the rash, your doctor may order a skin biopsy to diagnose dermatitis herpetiformis. The skin biopsy allows the doctor to take a sample of your skin to check for certain antibodies that indicate dermatitis herpetiformis. A blood test may also be taken to look for these antibodies.

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