While gluten (a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains) is specifically problematic for those with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, Weiser explains that its pro-inflammatory properties can worsen anyone's skin rashes, irritation, redness, and itching. "Gluten can also cause dermatitis herpetiformis, an inflammatory and superficially blistering condition that primarily affects elbows, knees, buttocks, and sometimes around the mouth," says Weiser. Not the buttocks!
Pardon me while I put down my pasta fork.
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