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how long is it supposed to it take for the symptoms of celiac disease to flare?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Depends: It depends on how much gluten you eat and how immediate your body responds to the gluten in the diet. If you eat a undetectable amount- the time frame may be longer than if you ingest a large amount. Some peoples immune system may also react faster or slower to the same amount. Its individual based. Please try to adhere to the diet. Good luck.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies: Not all exposures are the same and different people have different symptom profiles. Those with Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea may become symptomatic within hours. Minor exposure may take a day or more to trigger noticeable symptoms. Many patients will have occasional flares because of unexpected exposures.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How common is celiac disease in the us?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe 1% (1 in 100): Celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people, to about 1 in 150 people. The exact numbers are not certain, but it affects a little less than 1% of the population.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Harms sm. intestine: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc...
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there racial differences in regards to celiac disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Because celiac disease is hereditary, the disease occurs more often in certain ethnic/racial groups because more people in those groups carry the hla-dq2 and hla-dq8 genes that "cause" celiac disease. The genes are more common in persons from northern and western europe, but are uncommon in western pacific rim populations (china, japan).
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of celiac sprue?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Many different ones: When patients with celiac disease eats gluten, they get "villious atrophy", the finger-like projections in their small intestine shrink and fail to properly absorb nutrients. This can result in symptoms of: "1) those due to malabsorption, and (2) those due to malnutrition including vitamin and mineral defiencies".
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you still have celiac disease if all tests are negative?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Celaic diease: What tests?. If the celiac panel is negative including the latest addition and the biopsy is negative then you should for a allergy to wheat or other grains.

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