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Oct 19, 2022

On this episode I speak with Derradji Zaarer who lives in Algeria.  Derradji has Dermatitis Herpetiformis or as we often refer to it as “DH”.  DH is essentially celiac disease of the skin.  Diagnosis for DH is often straightforward, as the tiny blisters are usually in symmetric distribution, meaning that if you have them on your left elbow, you will also have them on your right elbow, or wherever else they appear.

Derradji faces many challenges with his rare condition including the availability of the medication normally prescribed.  The limited availability of gluten free food is also something that makes dealing with DH in Algeria very difficult.  With all he is facing, Derradji is doing his best to connect with other DH patients as well as celiac patients both in his country and in other places.  He has found the CCA a reliable website for medical information about DH and the gluten free diet.  If you would like to reach out to him, his email is

For more information on DH, you can follow the link to the Canadian Celiac Association at

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