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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

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 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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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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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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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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I have gluten intolerance; but does this mean I have celiac disease?

I have gluten intolerance; but does this mean I have celiac disease?

NO: An intolerance is different from an autoimmune disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease where antibodies attack the lining of the intestines. In both cases, you will stay away from wheat gluten, but they are not the same process. You can be tested for celiac by a blood test and an endoscopic biopsy. ...Read more

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Gluten free diet. Is this a fad? Is there any point if you don't have celiac disease?

Gluten free diet. Is this a fad? Is there any point if you don't have celiac disease?

Food sensitivities: Some with GI distress feel better if they eliminate foods from their diet. Recently, the low-fodmaps diet is gaining traction for decreasing food hypersensitivity symptoms (these are not allergies!). Wheat based foods may be harder to digest, pull water into the gut, get fermented by bacteria and therefore increase gas in the gut. Stretch of the gut wall by fluids and gas cause GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's disease correlated/associated with gluten intolerance/celiac disease? If so why/in what way?

No: Raynaud's does not usually involve the intestinal tract. Its symptoms are sensitivity to cold causing pain, coldness, and color changes in the hands and feet. ...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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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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Should hydrolyzed corn gluten be avoided if you have celiac disease?

No gluten in corn: There is no gluten in corn, rice, or wheat-free oat. ...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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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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What happens if I were to have a gluten intolerance, does that basically mean I have celiac disease?

Not necessarily: Celiac disease is a more severe form of gluten intolerance. See a doctor experienced in the diagnosis and management of celiac disease for proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why celiac disease is considered dangerous, and gluten intolerance not dangerous?

Probably same: Celiac disease is also called gluten sensitive enterophy or gluten intolerance. One would need to further clarify the meaning of "gluten intolerance" to make sure this is not being misinterpretted. ...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?

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

False tests: You need to be consuming gluten for at least 3-4 weeks prior to the confirmatory biopsy to have the intestine changes on exam. It can be as little as a slice of bread/day, but the intestines can heal over your 6 mo period without & make the test worthless. If your tissue transaminase studies were positive it is worth starting over. Prepare by consuming the minimal gluten & expect more valid results ...Read more

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How is celiac disease gluten sensitivity inherited?

How is celiac disease gluten sensitivity inherited?

Genetics celiac: This is a complex answer best answered by an expert. Go to http://www. Celiac. Com/articles/1046/1/understanding-the-genetics-of-gluten-sensitivity-by-dr-scot-lewey/page1.Html. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

Celiac: Typically people get blood work for specific celiac antibodies but there is a lot of debate on how accurate a negative result is. Most accurate is an endoscopy with biopsy looking specifically for the celiac antibodies or pathology. ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

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