I'm waiting for my results from a blood test for celiac and a skin biopsy for dermatitis herpetiformis (celiac rash). My main new symptoms that prompted these tests were blisters/rash on my face, neck, and elbows, but this has mostly cleared up now - just a few left. It was mostly constant for about two months. The dermatologist immediately thought of dermatitis herpetiformis. I've had digestive issues for years - diagnosed with IBS about 10 years ago.
Yesterday I developed hives and what looked like little insect bites on my forearms, both of them, that went away after a couple of hours. It was shortly after I'd eaten wheat. Today I developed another rash in the same spots shortly after eating wheat twice, and then another two times I had wheat I didn't develop the rash. So not sure what that means???!
I also notice, though may be making this up in my head, that my hands sometimes get itchy after I've handled flour when baking.
All the skin issues popped up shortly after giving birth about four months ago. My little guy hasn't been gaining weight well - he's very, very small, but strong and healthy otherwise. Now that I'm suspicious of wheat or gluten for myself I'm suspicious of it for him as well.
I have a doc appointment tomorrow where I should get the blood test results, but the dermatitis herpetiformis results will be another few weeks. I'm thinking of asking for an allergy test for wheat.
I guess my question is, are the quick skin reactions I may be having recently more likely a sign of celiac or a wheat allergy? And would either possibly cause slow weight gain in a breastfed baby?