Celiac Disease / Gluten Intolerance / Gluten Sensitivity

  • What is a gluten allergy?

    Some people mistake having Celiac disease or gluten intolerance for having a gluten allergy. While some people do have wheat allergies, there is a difference. Allergies are an immediate reaction to ingesting a food. Upon eating the trigger food, histamine is released causing various symptoms from swelling, asthma, and itching to respiratory distress and shock. […]
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  • What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

    Dermatitis Herpetiformis is a type of Celiac disease that results in an extremely itchy, severe skin rash. If you have dermatitis herpetiformis, you have Celiac disease but not necessarily the other way around. Due to individual scratching the itchy rash, blisters and lesions form. The rash can occur anywhere on the body but usually occurs […]
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  • What is gluten sensitivity?

    Gluten sensitivity includes anyone having a negative reaction to gluten. Gluten sensitive individuals can have issues ranging from minor annoyances when ingesting gluten to all-out Celiac disease. People who have gluten sensitivity may have gastrointestinal issues or other annoying symptoms when digesting gluten but may not necessarily have a dramatic change when they eat or […]
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  • What is gluten intolerance?

    People who have gluten intolerance have intestinal systems that produce such a strong reaction to ingesting gluten that they cannot have any gluten at all. When these individuals ingest gluten, their systems produce antibodies to the gluten. They may have all or some of the same symptoms and complications as individuals with Celiac disease. In […]
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  • What is Celiac Disease?

    Celiac disease is sometimes known as sprue, Celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy. It is an autoimmune disorder, which is where the body attacks itself because it is responding to what it considers an outside invader (gluten). Celiac disease is a form of gluten intolerance. But with Celiac disease, there is damage to the […]
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  • Is there a cure for Celiac Disease?

    Currently, there is no cure. The only way to manage Celiac Disease is to be on a completely gluten free diet. While it is difficult to follow, it is becoming easier as more people become aware of the disease and its prevalence. More and more substitute options are available as well as more people are […]
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  • What tests are there?

    Depending on what you want to know, there are several tests available. If you want to know if you have Celiac Disease, blood tests and biopsies are what is required. Just click on Tests for Celiac Disease (below) to get the full scoop. If you want to know if your food has gluten in it […]
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  • What are the symptoms?

    Celiac Disease symptoms are usually classified as gastrointestinal, extra-intestinal, or associated conditions. Gastrointestinal means affecting the stomach or intestines. Extra-intestinal means occurring outside the intestines. And associated conditions means that if someone has one condition, they are more likely to have another condition. It has been found that people who have Celiac Disease are more […]
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  • What causes Celiac Disease?

    That’s the question of the day. What causes Celiac Disease? Well, the exact specific cause of Celiac Disease not known, yet. The only thing that is known for sure is that you have to have specific genes, have been ingesting gluten, and have had something trigger the disease. You have to have all three factors […]
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