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Dr. Anlin Xu Dr. Xu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
20 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can I have celiac disease even if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Can I have celiac disease even if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Definitely: Contrary to common belief, celiac disease is not a "wheat allergy". It is the body's abnormal immune reaction to gluten, but it is not mediated by the classic antibody that mediates allergic reactions. Skin test to wheat is not the right test for celiac disease. Skin test negative or positive to wheat does not rule out or confirm celiac diz. If u r concerned, ask ur doc for the proper blood test. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Wheat Allergy (Definition)

A wheat allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to wheat protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can I still have celiac disease if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Can I still have celiac disease if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Absolutely: Celiac disease is not an allergy, so the wheat allergy test is worthless here. There are blood tests that indicate the possibility for this condition, which is a problem of digestion. The best test, unfortunately, is a biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Does eating too much wheat cause celiac disease or a wheat allergy?

Does eating too much wheat cause celiac disease or a wheat allergy?

No: Both conditions are mostly genetically determined. There is no benefit and possibly harm in avoiding gluten when you don't have intolerance to gluten/wheat, or a wheat allergy. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women. The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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I want to know what is the difference between wheat allergy & celiac disease?

I want to know what is the difference between wheat allergy & celiac disease?

Allergic & toxic: Wheat allergy is mediated by ige and you may have skin rash, hives, gastrointestinal upset, and/or respiratory symptoms from eating wheat but not other grains. Gluten sensitivity is genetically determined and symptoms can be induced by an product containing gluten aside from wheat. ...Read more

Dr. Phillip Frist Dr. Frist
Dentistry
42 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

Probably same: An allergy may give you more symptoms but celiac usually attacks the digestive tract. ...Read more

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Dr. Phillip Frist Dr. Frist
Dentistry
42 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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What is the cause of celiac disease or wheat allergy?

What is the cause of celiac disease or wheat allergy?

Intestine inflamatio: Celiac disease is caused by your digestive tract being sensitive to wheat and consequently you have inflamation in the digestive tract and can lead to ulcers and much discomfort. Typically it is heriditary. See your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter Dr. Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
38 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Is there any difference between a wheat allergy and celiac disease?

Allergy vs celiac: A wheat allergy is the symptoms that occur when you make ige antibodies to wheat. Celiac disease is the symptoms that occur when your body makes IgA antibodies to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley. The symptoms can be similar in that both can cause bloating, abdominal pain, loose stools, etc. Allergies can cause anaphylaxis and celiac raises cancer risk, so it helps to find out which you have. ...Read more

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Dr. James Fox Dr. Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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How can you treat dry eyes + mydriasis when celiac disease and IgE wheat allergy? My grandfather had cataracts. Family anamnesis celiac in males.

How can you treat dry eyes + mydriasis when celiac disease and IgE wheat allergy? My grandfather had cataracts. Family anamnesis celiac in males.

Artificial tears: Artificial tears are a good initial option. Restasis (cycclosporine) is a prescription medication, which is used to treat dry eyes. Claritin (loratadine) may cause dry eyes. If you have celiac disease and an IgE antibody to wheat., I would continue to strictly avoid gluten and wheat ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Martin Fried Dr. Fried
General Practice
32 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Is it possible to have celiac if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Is it possible to have celiac if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Yes: A wheat allergy test is not the same test as a celiac tissue transglutaminase or endomysial antibody test. And even if those tests are negative, a small intestinal biopsy is needed to ultimately make the diagnosis of celiac. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Ostro Dr. Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
45 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Can I have celiac if a skin test was negative for wheat allergy?

Can I have celiac if a skin test was negative for wheat allergy?

Yes: Celiac is due to an immune reaction to certain components of wheat protein, gluten/gliadin, but is not due to allergic antibody (ige) to wheat, so skin testing is negative in celiac. Certain blood tests showing immune reactions to certain intestinal enzymes, e.g. Tissue transglutaminase (ttg), are positive in celiac disease. Consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Ernest Fischer Dr. Fischer
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
7 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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I don't ve celiac disease but noticed that gluten intake gives some mild symptoms ve no allergies on skin test any explanation y this could be pls?

I don't ve celiac disease but noticed that gluten intake gives some  mild symptoms 
ve no allergies on skin test
any explanation y this could be pls?

Eating better food: In general some people "respond" to limiting gluten despite not having the disease because they are now paying attention to food labels. Gluten containing foods tend to be highly refined or processed. So by avoiding these one is eating more real food. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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If one tests negative for wheat blood allergy test, does this mean no chance of celiac disease?

If one tests negative for wheat blood allergy test, does this mean no chance of celiac disease?

No, definite chance: Blood tests for wheat allergy measure IgG and/or IgE antibodies to proteins in wheat (which may include gluten) but not everyone with celiac disease will have these antibodies. The best blood test is IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase. If you really want to rule out celiac disease you should get that test- but only after eating gluten! See http://www.csaceliacs.org/diagnosis_of_celiac_disease.jsp ...Read more

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Is it possible to have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat w/out having celiac disease? If so, what are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?

Is it possible to have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat w/out having celiac disease? If so, what are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?

Easy to get confused: Gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease--diagnosed by small bowel biopsy or serology) is much less common than gluten intolerance. Like lactose intolerance, caffeine intolerance, sorbitol intolerance (with regard to needing to restrict each respective substance), gluten intolerants do better to avoid gluten-containing foods. About 10% of the population are gluten intolerant. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined - thru testing or elimination diet?

What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined - thru testing or elimination diet?

Intolerance/immune: Intolerance consists of any undesired effects from from wheat and there is no definite test for it (other than a double-blind food challenge). Allergy to wheat often affects the guts but may cause hives, swelling, nasal congestion, and even rarely anaphylaxis. Allergy can be detected by skin testing or allergy blood test but double-blind food challenge remains the gold standard. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Zoey has been diagnosed with wheat, nut and egg allergy. We have cut gluten, eggs and all nuts out of her diet. Now she is always hungry and pale. She eats fruit and protein and gluten free products. Could this be celiac disease? help please

Zoey has been diagnosed with wheat, nut and egg allergy.  We have cut gluten, eggs and all nuts out of her diet.  Now she is always hungry and pale.  She eats fruit and protein and gluten free products.  Could this be celiac disease? help please

Test/ dietitian: Celiac differs some from wheat allergy by creating antibodies that attack the intestines as if they were a virus. These can be found on blood tests. Celiac is then confirmed through added tests for intestinal injury. Either way you may also need to sit down with a clinical dietitian to make sure she receives balanced nutrition in spite of your exclusions. ...Read more

Dr. Michael P Vaughn Dr. Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
30 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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Is it possible to have an allergy to gluten without having celiac disease? My cd test came back negative

Is it possible to have an allergy to gluten without having celiac disease? My cd test came back negative

Wheat allergy: It is possible to make allergic antibodies (ige) to wheat and gliadin. This would be called wheat allergy and not celiac disease (cd). Blood testing (rast) can diagnosing this problem. These is no accurate blood test for cd however, persons that show the presence of certain igg and IgA antibodies against deaminated gliadin or tissue transglutaminase are more likely to have cd. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
2,592 doctors shared insights

Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more