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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.


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  1.   I have super-dry hair and nails. Splits, breaks, etc. For my hair, I was using henna for a long time. It bonds to the hair and makes it stronger. It also colors it red, so there's that. I stopped hennaing when I started to go so gray, and now I just try to condition as much as I can, and live with it. I can use gluten-free conditioners, but mostly use argon oil now. I oil it the day I wash it, and not again until I wash it the next time. It seems to be in pretty good condition, considering, that I bleach & dye the front, which is blue right now. As for nails, I just accept that my nails will never be much without having them done, and I get them done. Love my fake nails.
  2.  She has her annual pediatrician visit in early November, so I think I will ask then. She is our baby, and our older children are in college/graduated college. I will be asking the, to test, too. Thank you!
  3.  Excellent ideas. When I was first diagnosed, I wasn't as careful, but it didn't seem to matter as much (of course it did, but it didn't show itself as much). As I have become better and better at staying gluten-free, I have worse and worse symptoms when I am accidentally glutened. It seems like the less gluten I eat, the worse any gluten is when I have it. I don't want to force her to go gluten-free, but I need to be safe.
  4.  I honestly never thought about my own cutting board. I have wooden boards, so I will probably just purchase a new one. Thank you! I am going to use the duct tape idea above, and have decided to buy mayo and things in squeeze bottles until I can help my daughter learn safe techniques.
  5.  Thank you. That sounds like a good idea. I have duct tape on the grocery list now    I am going to go ahead and do some things "gluten-free only" though. Salad dressing, mustard, barbeque sauce, things like that. When I barbecue chicken or make a meatloaf, I only really want to make one dish. We will have to start training our daughter to be mindful. Or I can hide Mommy's peanut butter jar
  6. Do most folks with Celiac require that their entire family be gluten-free? I haven't until now, but it seems to be coming down to just that. After being really sickened with gluten yet again, my husband actually offered to go gluten-free with me. We're only going to buy/make gluten-free breads, and most other foods. He said that I'm getting sicker when I accidentally eat gluten, and he really wants to help. I am very grateful, and told him that I am fine with him having an occasional beer, or eating whatever he wants when we're out somewhere. Basically, if it couldn't make its way into me, I don't mind. We discussed what we should do about our daughter, and neither of us really know how to handle it. I'd be fine if she ate gluten at school (she normally takes her lunch, but her school has pizza day once in a while) or when we're out. The hard part is that she's at an age (8) where she's able to make a sandwich, but not able to always remember not to put the knife back in the peanut butter after it touches bread. She leaves cookie/bread crumbs in the kitchen sometimes, and those seem to have a way of making it into things I eat. Into the PB, or onto the butter, or who-knows?  We want her to learn her way around the kitchen, and we don't want her to miss out on eating stuff; but I need to stay safe. Would it be unreasonable to ask that everyone in the house limit their gluten to eating out and occasional snacks? How do y'all handle this? Thank you.  
  7. I heard this from a friend at school recently after describing how sick I get when I accidentally eat gluten: You are soooo lucky you have Celiac! I try to go gluten-free, but end up eating it anyway! If I got sick, I'd never touch it! I didn't even know where to start with what she said, so I smiled and kept my mouth shut.