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Gluten Allergy (Celiac Disease)
Chicken allergy is an immunologic reaction to consumption of chicken. Some children will have a condition known as food protein induced enterocolitis in which they developed delayed symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal pain hours after consumption of chicken. Others may have an immediate allergic reaction via an ige mediated mechanism characterized by hives, itch, ...Read more
What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease? Are both hereditary?
Genetic component: Gluten sesitiviy and celiac disease are the same for all practical purposes. There is a hereditary component to the disease in that it requires the presence of hla dq 2 or 8 marker and these markers are inherited. Early exposure to gluten in infancy increases the risk of developing gluten sensitivity, so there is an enviornmenatal factor also in addition to genetic one. ...Read more
Same : The two are same for all practical purposes. ...Read more
Sxs/mechanism: A true food allergy goes through the immune system and causes a sudden, potentially life threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) which includes hives, swelling, breathing sxs, GI sxs, heart sxs, nasal/eye sxs. This can be diagnosed by an allergist. Celiac is a different immune response to gluten in the gut. Symptoms can be more subtle (stomach sxs and others) and initial eval involves a blood test. ...Read more
Can you explain the differences between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat or gluten allergy?
If you are allergic to gluten, does that mean you have celiac disease, or is allergy a different problem?
Same: The two are same for all practical purposes. ...Read more
I do not have celiac disease, or an allergy to gluten, but why do I feel so good when i avoid it?
Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more
Gluten intolerance (about 10% of people) may cause bloating, diarrhea, nonspecific complaints. Celiac disease, among its many manifestations may result in diarrhea. In the latter, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food--best & most enduring fix being ...Read more
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