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What is the definition or description of: gluten insensitivity?

What is the definition or description of: gluten insensitivity?

Intolerance or 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 to avoid eating gluten. ...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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What's the treatment for gluten insensitivity?

What's the treatment for gluten insensitivity?

Avoid gluten: 6 percent of the u.S population has gluten sensitivity. 1 percent has celiac. There is no objective test to prove gluten sensitivity. If one cuts out gluten, they should feel fine if he or she is gluten sensitive. Celiac on the other hand can be confirmed by endoscopy and/or blood tests. If you have any suspicion of this you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Which children with pollen allergies and eczema should be checked for gluten allergy, if they don't have stomach symptoms and are growing normally?

Which children with pollen allergies and eczema should be checked for gluten allergy, if they don't have stomach symptoms and are growing normally?

None: There is no indication for testing if no problem. Celiac is an autoimmune disease. It is not an allergy...That is a misconception. Gluten allergy is a type of food allergy, but it is found in the wheat family. ...Read more

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How can a gluten allergy develop?

How can a gluten allergy develop?

Genetic: It is genetic although most of the people with the genes do not develop gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a gluten allergy?

How do I know if I have a gluten allergy?

Bllood test & scope: There are some pretty good blood tests for it. Also, an endoscopy with biopsies of the small intestine can show how "severe" the lining of the intestines have been affected by the gluten allergy. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a gluten allergy?

What does it mean to have a gluten allergy?

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 more

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What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

Gluten sensitivity: There are hereditary factors involved, but in general, celiac disease is a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. ...Read more

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What does coelic mean? I heard it is the gluten allergy.

What does coelic mean? I heard it is the gluten allergy.

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

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Candida vs. Gluten allergy? What's the difference?

Candida vs. Gluten allergy? What's the difference?

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

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of dieting gluten free if you don't have gluten allergy?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dieting gluten free if you don't have gluten allergy?

Only disadvantages: If you don't have gluten allergy, restriction your diet from wheat and gluten is only putting a burden on your lifestyle. Plus, it is expensive to do so. The important rule about diet is a balance diet with everything in moderation. Regular exercise will make you healthy. ...Read more

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I have corn gluten allergy, what now?

I have corn gluten allergy, what now?

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

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Why is it so trendy to say you have a gluten allergy nowadays. Do these people really have it?

Why is it so trendy to say you have a gluten allergy nowadays. Do these people really have it?

Gluten Allergy: You're right, many people are talking about gluten nowadays. There should be a distinction between gluten allergy and gluten sensitivity. Allergy implies a specific immune reaction. Those people with gluten allergy get very sick when they eat it. A sensitivity is usually not as severe in symptoms as a true gluten allergy, however it may improve many bothersome symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you die if you eat wheat and have a gluten allergy?

Allergy vs sensitive: Ingestion of wheat in a person with true ige wheat allergy could be fatal as with any food allergy. However in a person with gluten (non ige) sensitivity it is very unlikely to cause death, but can cause acute and/or chronic illness. ...Read more

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Why might someone with a gluten allergy have a reaction to gluten-free hummus?

Why might someone with a gluten allergy have a reaction to gluten-free hummus?

Need more info: Difficult to say without knowing more. Wondering what kind of reaction you are referring to, the time course, symptoms, etc. There are many different reactions to foods including true allergic reactions, food intolerance, or immune-mediated inflammation to gluten in people with celiac disease. See an Allergist if you are concerned about an immediate allergic reaction to hummus. ...Read more

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Can you get dhystrotic eczema from a gluten allergy?

Can you get dhystrotic eczema from a gluten allergy?

Dyshydrotic eczema: Is is a rash that occurs on the hands, mostly on the palms and fingers from excess and, frequent washing, etc, it is not related to any food allergy. ...Read more

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Why does beer not affect my gluten allergy? Isn't beer made from grains containg gluten?

Why does beer not affect my gluten allergy? Isn't beer made from grains containg gluten?

Some can: Most beers are filtered liquids and contain little to no gluten protein. Some beer, especially unfiltered, can exacerbate gluten intolerance. The amount of gluten in most beer is negligible though. Many patient with celiac will tolerate low amounts of gluten without difficulty. ...Read more

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Is there any truth to a gluten allergy causing hashimoto's?

Is there any truth to a gluten allergy causing hashimoto's?

No, but...: Both celiac sprue (gluten enteropathy) and hashimoto thyroid disease are autoimmune disorders-distant cousins, also related to lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, other. All are separate entities. Presence of one increased association (not causation) of others. ...Read more

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What are signs of gluten allergy?

What are signs of gluten allergy?

6symptoms may: Anyone with gluten allergy may get any of theses ymptoms suggesting glue tin allergy as gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, migraine, irritationall mood shifts, dizziness /balance difficulties and fatigue. But the blood test and other test confirm the diagnosis ...Read more

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How can you get tested for a gluten allergy?

Yes: Testing for celiac disease (gluten allergy) should be considered in people with chronic or recurrent diarrhea, malabsorption, weight loss, and abdominal distension or bloating. There is blood testing available and should be performed while on a gluten-rich diet. Antibodies against tissue transglutaminase (anti-TTG), which is highly sensitive and specific is used as a screening tool. ...Read more

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Should one avoid acid neutralizers if they have a gluten allergy?

Should one avoid acid neutralizers if they have a gluten allergy?

No: The treatment for celiac disease or gluten sensitive enteropathy is complete avoidance of gluten in grains. Acid neutrualizers such as antacids, h2 blockers or ppi (proton pump inhibitors-like prilosec) are not contraindicated in gluten sensitive individuals. ...Read more

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I think I have a gluten allergy, but how can I tell without doing a bunch of tests?

I think I have a gluten allergy, but how can I tell without doing a bunch of tests?

You can't definitive: The only way to make an accurate diagnosis is with blood tests or an intestinal biopsy. Many people will feel better with gluten avoidance, even without gluten sensitivity so this is not and accurate method of diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a gluten allergy later in life if you were fine the first 20 years?

Gluten sensitivity: Yes it is possible that it was not detected when you were younger. There are many cases of celiac disease that were picked up in adults, so if you have some symptoms follow with your physician and have the testing done. ...Read more

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Can a gluten allergy cause a person to loose weight?

Can a gluten allergy cause a person to loose weight?

Possible: If you were not able to eat or digest food due to gluten allergy then, you will loose weight due to inadequate calorie. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

Wording issues: You will be intolerant to gluten if you are allergic to it. Your body will have reactions to it and many could be severe. Allergy skin tests and blood tests would be positive. You could be intolerant to gluten but not have typical allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, positive skin and blood tests), but you might have indigestion, constant bloating, intermittent diarrhea, etc. ...Read more

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Can you recommend foods to avoid this thanksgiving for wheat-gluten allergy?

Can you recommend foods to avoid this thanksgiving for wheat-gluten allergy?

Stuffing: Anything made with breading, like stuffing. Vegetables without breading should be OK. Turkey without bottled gravy that is wheat based should be OK. Ask your host how things were prepared. Sweet potatoes or yams should be OK> I would stay away from cakes and desserts unless they are fresh fruits. ...Read more

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What are the best foods to avoid and what are the foods that are okay to eat for gluten allergy/sensitivity?

Gluten foods: People with gluten sensitivity need to avoid all foods containing wheat, barley and rye. Other foods are ok. There are many alternatives now in the supermarkets which makes it easier for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

Completely different: All ige-medited food allergies have the same symptoms, oral itching and hives if ingestion, progressing to anaphylaxis if large volume ingestion.
Gluten intolerance in celiac disease causes an inflammatory bowel disease and in about 15% a blistering rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. ...Read more

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What are some high protein foods you can eat if you have a gluten allergy?

Any without gluten: Soy, red meat, fish, chicken are all good sources of non-gluten protein. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a gluten allergy but I'm still allergic to gluten free biscuits.?

Other ingredients: Examine the other ingredients in the gluten free biscuits, also see if the gluten free biscuits were made in a factory that processes wheat because there may be some cross contamination. ...Read more

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Is it common for a gluten allergy to create skin rashes?

Is it common for a gluten allergy to create skin rashes?

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 more

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How to check for lactose intolerance and gluten allergy?

How to check for lactose intolerance and gluten allergy?

Depends: Lactose intolerance is mostly a clinical diagnosis--usually leads to GI symptoms after eating foods containing lactose (dairy). Biopsy of the intestine can confirm the diagnosis as well.

Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity) can be screened for with blood tests, and the confirmatory test is also a biopsy of the intestine. It's important that these tests be done while you're on a regular diet. ...Read more

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How can you temporarily help ease stomach pain stemming from a gluten allergy?

Avoidance: If you HAV a gluten sensitivity the only way to avoid the symptoms is to avoid gluten. ...Read more

Dr. Scot Lewey
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Gluten Insensitivity (Definition)

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