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I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease and I was wondering if it is bad to be working around gluten. I work at Einstein Bagels currently because it is the only thing I've found that has the hours I need. Is it bad to be around (and preparing) the food since it contains pure gluten? I am going to ask my boss if I can move down to the cash register, but is this a big risk? (Of course, I dont eat any of the food)

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It's risky, but there are others who do it and are okay. Some are really sensitive and can start to feel bad if they even inhale this stuff.....I guess the most important thing is that you'll constantly have to be alert so that you don't eat anything accidentally.

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It's really all abut how you feel. Some of us get rashes and itchy eyes when around/working with gluten. If you feel fine around it then don't worry.

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I work at a home for the handicapped and I have to prepare food for my "guys" occasionally. I noticed that if I was cooking pasta or anything very gluten-y that I'd get small reactions, so I went back to my gastro and got a doctor's order for face masks. Everyone is different on how sensitive they are, but if you are getting sick, your employer needs to be able to reasonably accomodate you-I believe we're covered under the American's with Disabilities Act. Just make sure you've got a good doctor to back you up!

Nadia

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Hi,

I just completed working 6 months at a bakery and did just fine. During that time I also worked at an ice cream parlor at night, but of course I would never think of eating any those things, since I have intolerances to gluten, milk, dairy, egg whites, and yeast. Hope you're doing well. Welda

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