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Doctor insights on: Gluten Intolerance Vs Celiac Disease Symptoms

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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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Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women. The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...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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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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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease typically treated?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease typically treated?

Celiac: Strict avoidance of any gluten containing products with supplementation of vitamins and minerals for whatever is lost with the elimination of gluten from the diet. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Gluten intolerance: Celiac disease or sprue is an autoimmune disease and gluten intolerance is not even though the literature is sometimes confusing. ...Read more

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What happens if I have gluten intolerance, do I have celiac disease?

Maybe: While oftentime the 2 terms are used interchangeably, there are many patients who do have issues due to gluten ingestion but do not have full blown celiac disease. Typically patients complain of bloating, diarrhea, rashes, itchy skin, failure to thrive after eating barley, rye, wheat and other similar products that contain gluten. Best to consult a GI doc and a good dietician. ...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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Can you tell me how common gluten intolerance and celiac disease are?

Can you tell me how common gluten intolerance and celiac disease are?

1/1000 : The range of listed frequency is from 1/250-1/4000 births. There is ethnic variation with a higher frequency among those of european descent. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance but does this mean I have celiac disease?

I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance but does this mean I have celiac disease?

Celiac is autoimmune: 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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What happens if I were to have a gluten intolerance, does that basically mean I have celiac disease?

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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Can infants have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?

Yes: Yes, but may not show symptoms for years. While milk fed, will not seee any symptoms until those foods are introduced. ...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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Does celiac disease or gluten intolerance relate with nausea?

Possibly: Celiac and gluten intolerance can present with nausea. Do you have other symptoms such as weight loss, bloating, or diarrhea? If so I would go in for an evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or ulcers, how do I know which i have?

Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or ulcers, how do I know which i have?

Get tested: Discuss your concerns with your physician. A series of blood tests can begin the process but additional GI tests including endoscopy ( looking through a scope) or intestinal biopsy may be needed as the workup progresses.These studies could confirm or exclude this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Gluten intolerance/celiac disease, can it cause me to miss periods?

Not usually: No, not typically. If your celiac is very severe and out of control, this can result in severe iron deficiency anemia or malnutrition/underweight status. These could cause irregular periods. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid condition cause a gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Can the thyroid cause any other food intolerances?

Can a thyroid condition cause a gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Can the thyroid cause any other food intolerances?

Hashimoto's thyroid: Autoimmune thyroiditis (hashimoto's) has been linked to higher incidence of celiac disease and vice-versa based on a common genetic trait (the presence of hla-dq2 (and/or -dq8). It is the abnormal reaction of the immune system that attacks both the thyroid tissue and the intestinal mucosa that is the problem. The thyroid condition itself does not cause food allergies. ...Read more

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Food Intolerance (Definition)

Also known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity, this refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is ...Read more


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Celiac Disease (Definition)

A disease caused by an immune system reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more