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Do people with celiac disease have to worry about airborne gluten?

Do people with celiac disease have to worry about airborne gluten?

Worry just a little: Gluten, a protein present in wheat, barley, or rye, could be airborne in a bakery or grain-processing factory. It is possible, but unlikely, that a person very sensitive to gluten could swallow enough airborne gluten (by way of nasal mucus, throat mucus, or lung mucus) to get celiac disease symptoms. Just the aroma of bread baking should not cause symptoms, though. ...Read more

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Gluten (Definition)

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


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Can you take tax deductions for gluten free food for people with celiac disease because it's a medical condition?

Can you take tax deductions for gluten free food for people with celiac disease because it's a medical condition?

Not to my knowledge: You should certainly check with your accountant, however, my understanding is that the avoidance of certain foods (which is what a gluten-free diet is) does not qualify for a tax deduction. If there are medications or doctor's visits, these would qualify. ...Read more

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How often can I eat gluten if I have celiac disease?

How often can I eat gluten if I have celiac disease?

Never: It would likely be in your best interest to never eat gluten at all. If you have celiac disease, even a tiny amount of gluten can do harm to you. Once your gut is damaged by gluten, healing can take 6 months or more. Casein, the protein in milk, looks similar to the gluten molecule, and cross reactivity can happen. Some people also do best being casein free. ...Read more

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How important is avoiding gluten for celiac disease?

How important is  avoiding gluten for celiac disease?

Critical: The treatment of celiac disease is the complete avoidance of gluten. Nothing else works. Usually nothing more is needed. In severe cases malnourishment may require an elemental diet to provide sufficient calories until the intestines heal. ...Read more

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If intolerance to gluten, does that mean you have celiac disease?

If intolerance to gluten, does that mean you have celiac disease?

No: Though celiac disease is common, most people feel better on a gluten free diet, even if they do not have celiac disease. A gluten free diet can make celiac testing negative even if you have celiac disease so it is best to get tested if possible, prior to going gluten free. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for gluten intolerences like celiac disease?

How do you get tested for gluten intolerences like celiac disease?

Blood tests: A series of blood tests is avaliable from reference labs. These are tests for antibodies to tissue transglutaminase and antibodies to demaidated gliadin. A genetic marker is also essential for the disease, in that either one of hla dq 2 or 8 is required. ...Read more

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What does gluten do to people who are suffering from celiac disease?

What does gluten do to people who are suffering from celiac disease?

Intestinal allergies: Celiac disease (gluten allergy) occurs in a person who may have a genetic tendency to react abnormally to gluten (a protein in wheat, barley, and rye). Something causes his immune system to over-react to gluten. Later, when he eats foods containing gluten, his immune system reacts with the intestine that is digesting the gluten, thus causing intestinal problems and abnormal digestion. ...Read more

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How obsessive do I have to be in avoiding gluten for celiac disease?

How obsessive do I have to be in avoiding gluten for celiac disease?

Obsessive: For most cases. Pretty obsessive. Sometimes for mild or asymptomatic carriers you could get by with some now and then. ...Read more

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If I have celiac disease and eat gluten anyways, what will happen to me?

If I have celiac disease and eat gluten anyways, what will happen to me?

Undesirable things!: A person with celiac disease gets strong allergic reactions to gluten in the small intestine, which causes the lining of the intestine to lose its ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc... If he continues to eat gluten, he can become anemic, lactose intolerant, and have diarrhea or irritable bowel, tummy pains, vitamin deficiency, etc... ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if i eat gluten when I have celiac disease?

Could you tell me what happens if i eat gluten when I have celiac disease?

Damage to intestines: Depending on the amount ingested and your immune system response, there is the potential for damage to the lining to the intestines. The damage may affect your ability to absorb sugar and other nutrients. It could take months to undo the damage by following the diet as recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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How rigorous do I have to be in avoiding gluten if you suffer from celiac disease?

How rigorous do I have to be in avoiding gluten if you suffer from celiac disease?

Very careful: If you truly have celiac disease then very small amounts of gluten will trigger increase in zonulin in the gut which causes increased intestinal permeability and inflammation. Studies show that even very small amounts will trigger this inflammation and that it takes days for the response to calm down. First make sure you really have celiac, but if you do, you must be very careful to avoid gluten. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease. What are some suggestions on what to eat when i get glutened?

I have celiac disease. What are some suggestions on what to eat when i get glutened?

Bowel rest: There is nothing to treat a celiac attack when you have been exposed to gluten. It can be painful and uncomfortable. I have not seen anything specifically recommended, but from personal experience i eat dry gluten free toast and tea for several days and hug my heating pad to my abdomen. Sometimes have a little ensure so i don't lose too much weight. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the symptoms of celiac disease to flare-up after you eat gluten?

How long does it take for the symptoms of celiac disease to flare-up after you eat gluten?

Not known: It is not known. This study is currently just starting using a validated questionaire and blinded exposures to small amounts of gluten. ...Read more

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Help please. Could avoiding gluten for a month before a celiac disease test interfere with results?

Help please. Could avoiding gluten for a month before a celiac disease test interfere with results?

Absolutely: Testing for celiac disease should always be performed before a patient start gluten free diet. That can be a cause of a false negative test. ...Read more

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If I have celiac disease and eat gluten, what will my symptoms be and when should I expect them to start?

If I have celiac disease and eat gluten, what will my symptoms be and when should I expect them to start?

Celiac: That is one of the problems with celiac disease. It can take a long time, months even before symptoms show and then symptoms can be from skin to neuro psych to GI . I would suggest you speak with a health care worker about your concerns. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed for celiac disease but my test came out false negative. My primary dr said I have it.I didn't eat gluten for 6months when I took this

Depends on the test: The serum tests are pretty good (even off glut), not perfect. Was intestinal biopsy examined? I'm interested to know why your primary doc says you have it. I suspect you have a clear/obvious change in symptoms depending on good trials on and off gluten. Gluten intolerance, unrelated to celiac disease and to food allergy, exists as a separate phenomenon. Recommend continued avoidance if true ...Read more

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Can gluten cause migraines without celiac disease?

No proof: Lots of claims re: gluten, but less data. People don't eat gluten, they eat gluten containing foods-grains. These can be variously prepared; this can be a factor in getting headaches (among others). ...Read more

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How can you treat gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Avoidance: Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease and gluten issues is to eliminate gluten containing foods (wheat and other grains) from the diet completely and indefinitely. ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

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