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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. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Do you know what exactly is it about celiac disease that causes the enamel to erode? Nutritional deficiency? As far as I know, the usual cause of enamel erosion is stomach acid, as from chronic reflux or vomiting.
  3. What exactly are the kinds of "dental enamel defects" that occur in some people with celiac disease? Is erosion of the enamel, causing the teeth to become thinner and more transparent, one of those defects?
  4. Is the BioCard test available in America yet? It doesn't look like it. Supposedly it was supposed to be approved by the FDA this year.
  5. I came across this at "Maltodextrin is gluten free. It can be made from a variety of starches, including corn, potato, rice or wheat. However the source does not matter because maltodextrin is such a highly processed ingredient that the protein is removed, rendering it gluten free. If wheat is used to make maltodextrin, "wheat" will be appear on the label. Even in this case, the maltodextrin would be gluten free." I've always thought wheat-based maltodextrin was unsafe because that's what I'd always read... so what's the deal? Safe or unsafe?
  6. Blood Red Blisters...?

    Thanks. I don't think its a coincidence that when my abdominal distension/bloating first appeared that simultaneously with it I first developed rosacea redness and neither have completely left since. so I definitely think there's a gut/skin connection... As for psoriasis, I will have to look in to that more. But what I've read of it and the pictures I've seen didn't seem to match up. I have never gotten the blood red bumps before and now they are the normal color of light red. Actually, someone recently posted their DH pics here, I think it's a few posts down (curiousgeorge was the poster) and the bumps I get look like that, but minus the clear-looking/pus center. instead it's all that same color/size red.
  7. Tuesday night I decided to test my reaction to eating gluten (I'm undiagnosed, no way to see a doc right now) so I ate some chicken noodle soup and chocolate chip cookies. A few hours later I noticed 2 tiny blood red blisters on my right forearm (literally looked like blood). There was also a third bump that was a lighter red (the usual color). Today the two blood colored ones have faded to the typical lighter red and itch more. I just am never sure what is going on, whether this is DH or not. In fact if it weren't for the appearance of these itchy bug-bite like bumps two years ago I probably would have dismissed celiac disease altogether and chalked it all up to anxiety/depression (with all their wonderful attendant physical symptoms) and IBS/mild acid reflux. I'm still not clear on the nature of DH as my rash never has a pus-filled center (except for two outbreaks of clear, non-red water blisters on the backs of my hands, but which didn't itch at all). This is such a confusing thing... a trip to the doctor and some testing would make this all easier but I have no job/money/insurance right now (thanks to how I feel all the time). so the tiny blood red blisters eventually fading to a lighter red... anyone experienced this? What other kind of rashes appear like red bug bites that itch off and on and occasionally burn? They are not bug bites (they persisted even when living in another city). Not scabies. They do not look like pictures of hives I have seen. I really feel it has to be a food intolerance. Although, as a side note, whenever I get bitten by a mosquito now the bite swells up unlike any mosquito bite I have had before, which suggests increased histamine (I think)... note sure if that has anything to do with DH or whatever it is I have. I don't know if continuing to post here about it is going to clear it up, but I guess it can't hurt...
  8. Although quinoa and amaranth contain no gluten, I read in a book I saw at the bookstore recently that they are sometimes processed alongside gluten grains and may not be safe unless labeled gluten free. Has anyone had a reaction to either of those grains?
  9. Yes, the package I have is the gluten free version. On a side note, I'm sure I only paid 5 or 6 bucks for the package and I don't think they were on sale. I got them at Kroger in the natural foods section. Maybe they're more expensive at health food stores (as most things seem to be)? $8-10 is pretty steep! Anyway, I'm gonna stay away from them for now.
  10. Anyone have a problem with these? I'm still trying to determine through diet (unsuccessfully for the most part) if I have celiac, but the first time I ate these after going gluten-free I broke out in red itchy bumps on my forearms the following day, and the 2nd time (last week) my abdomen felt really heavy and bloated (more than usual that is). I'm thinking I should probably avoid them. Just wondering if it causes a reaction in others?
  11. Muir Glen Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Health Valley Vegetarian Chili According to what I've read online these are supposed to be safe, but has anyone ever had a reaction to them? The Muir Glen soup (some of their soups contain gluten but the chicken and wild rice supposedly does not) seems to aggravate the itchy bumps on my arms (which may or may not be DH), which is why I'm wondering.
  12. Anyone Have Dh Similar To This...?

    Thanks. I don't have a job or insurance so I can't see a doc right now, which is why I asked here. I don't know what else it could be except hives (but it doesn't look like pictures of hives either) or a food intolerance/reaction.
  13. I do not know yet for certain if I have celiac disease or not, so I do not know if what I have is DH. But I literally cannot find a picture of DH online that looks like what I get, which are small reddish bumps mostly on my upper arms, sometimes forearms, abdomen, back and legs. I usually only have 1 or 2 at a time on each arm, 3 or 4 at the most. They are not pus-filled. They itch but not painfully, and sometimes they don't itch at all. They seem to itch the most when a new one appears, then it dies down after a few days. On one occasion recently I woke up with one on my leg that had a kind of hot, burning sensation, but I after I fell back asleep and woke up again the burning was gone and I've never experienced that before or since. They cannot be bug bites because I've had them consistently for 2 years and while living in 2 different houses/cities and with no exposure to anywhere I'd get ticks, chiggers, etc. Does anyone have a mild DH that is similar to that?
  14. That's exactly the problem - I don't trust my family to be careful enough. It just ain't gonna happen. Unfortunately as I am jobless I cannot afford anything like a small fridge. However I have asked for a rice cooker/steamer for Christmas so maybe that will help. I don't know what else to do right now...