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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
How do people with celiac disease feel when they start a gluten free diet? What I mean is how quickly do symptoms improve?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help please. Could avoiding gluten for a month before a celiac disease test interfere with results?
If I have celiac disease and eat gluten, what will my symptoms be and when should I expect them to start?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer