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Gerd And Gluten Allergy
I get heartburn every time I eat carb foods (pasta, breads, oatmeal etc). Is this gluten related? I don't experience other gluten allergy symptoms.
Possible: Try gluten-free oat to see if causes the same symptoms. Even though you may not have the full-blown symptoms,and heart burn is not the usual symptoms in gluten intolerance, it cannot be totally ruled out. Nonetheless it would be a good idea for you to consult a doctor regarding these symptoms. ...Read more
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
Avoidance: The current treatment for food allergies is reading ingredient labels to find foods that do not contain that particular food. A dietician or nutritionist can help with a diet if a person is having trouble. Corn allergy is fairly uncommon but corn is a very common ingredient. Fortunately, there are many gluten free products available now. ...Read more
Dermatitis w/celiac: Dermatitis herpetiformis is the classic skin rash described with celiac disease. It is an intensely itchy raised vesicular eruption symmetrically distributed on the arms, legs, trunk, neck, scalp, and buttocks. Less than 10% of celiac disease patients will have the skin reaction, but 80% of those with dermatitis herpetiformis have celiac disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What type of doctor is best to see to be tested for a gluten allergy? I was told a few different types.
Allergist: An allergist can test you to see if you are allergic. A gastroenterologist can perform the biopsies to confirm the effect of gluten allergy on your GI tract. ...Read more
Can you explain the differences between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat or gluten allergy?
Can you still get a complete, balanced diet if you have a gluten allergy and are also lactose intolerant?
Certainly: Throughout most of human history gluten-containing grains & dairy products were not consumed (& still usually not in asia). Gluten-containing grains (& other grains) are certainly not a necessary part of a healthy diet, and neither is dairy (though lactose-free dairy products like yogurt are an option). One can get all the nutrients needed from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, eggs & meats. ...Read more
I was told wheat thins are ok to eat with my gluten allergy but they keep giving me the runs. Should i stop?
Contain wheat: Wheat thins contain wheat so if you have a gluten allergy, you should avoid them. ...Read more
How can I detect if I have a gluten allergy or its just IBS without testing I have no health insurance. ..Are there specific symptoms?
Gluten free diet: Gluten sensitivity responds to a gluten free diet. This costs nothing. Ibs does not respond to a gluten free diet. You might need to avoid both gluten and milk initially, meaning avoid wheat, rye and barley as well as all or most dairy products. A lot of GI problems will clear up on such a diet. Once better, you can add back foods and see which ones bother you. Follow it at least 1 month. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've been underweight all my life and was recently told that it may be because of a gluten allergy or sensitivity. What does this mean?
It could be true: About 1% of humankind has celiac disease in which gluten make it difficult to absorb nutrients. If your intake seems more than sufficient to make you heavier than you are, or you feel unwell otherwise, it would be worth discussing with your physician. Some of the best track stars are "underweight" and for such people, it's healthy. You're a person, not a set of numbers. Best wishes. ...Read more
I usually drink on the weekends but now in my early 30s beer makes me extremely sick.. Almost like food poisening. Could this be a gluten allergy?
Probably not: While most beer does contain gluten, many of the things you eat every day have gluten as well. If you only get sick with beer, but are able to eat bread, pasta, etc without problems then it is not the gluten. If all of these things bother you and you want to do a test, there are several gluten free beers available in the liquor store that you could try instead. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I took a blood test to see if i had a gluten allergy a yr ago and nothing showed up, I have been gluten free for a yr and feel better.What does it mean?
Gluten sensativity: Physicians usually refer to this as gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Its not a true allergy. Many use this term incorrectly. Historically this term has referred to celiac disease which is a condition that results in abdominal pain, bloating, changes in stools, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness when someone with this problem consumes foods with gluten. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gluten sensitivity: Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is the term describing a GI condition in which the individual is sensitive to gluten, which is present in wheat products. Fortunately now there are more and more products that do not contain gluten, so having a gluten free diet is not as difficult as it once was. ...Read more
Unrelated: Candida is a common yeast/fungus found in the GI tract and can be a complication of using inhaled steroids for treating asthma. Also can be a cause of vaginitis after treatment with antibiotics. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains that in susceptible people is not digested leading to diarrhea. This is celiac disease and treated by eliminating gluten from the diet. ...Read more
Gluten intolerance (about 10% of people) may cause bloating, diarrhea, nonspecific complaints. Celiac disease, among its many manifestations may result in diarrhea. In the latter, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food--best & most enduring fix being ...Read more
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
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