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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?

Gluten: Symptoms may include but are not limited to: diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, abdominal pain, cramps , rash (dermatitis herpetiformis) iron deficiency anemia. Treatment for celiac disease is gluten-free diet which generally resolves symptoms. Failure of symptoms to resolve usually means non adherence to the diet. ...Read more

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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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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more