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Does anyone work at a pharmacy? Are the little trays the pharmacists count the pills on cleaned between countings? Do I need to worry about CC from someone elses meds? I would consider myself super sensitive as I have a neurologic reaction on inhaling gluten. (No, I'm not snorting it like cocaine).

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I am a pharmacist and I can tell you that the trays are not washed in between. I would ask the pharmacist to do this for you if your sensitivity is so severe. Most pills don't leave a residue because of their coating but many do. I'm sure if you talked to them and explained the situation, they would help you. If not, I think you need a new pharmacy!

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Does anyone work at a pharmacy? Are the little trays the pharmacists count the pills on cleaned between countings? Do I need to worry about CC from someone elses meds? I would consider myself super sensitive as I have a neurologic reaction on inhaling gluten. (No, I'm not snorting it like cocaine).

I will add my comments because I think it's important to hear a different opinion. I take thyroid meds every day of my life and have for a long, long time. I was end stage Celiac....if that's your definition of super sensitive. I have never, ever had a problem with my thyroid hormone and my blood work is so good, there is no way I am ingesting any gluten at all. If it makes you feel better having them wash the tray out, by all means go ahead and ask, but I highly doubt it's necessary.

Too many people would be getting very sick if it was a problem.

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I'm a Marsh Stage IIIc and when I'm in a room with hot gluten or freshly broken gluten (like breaking a cookie in half), I start yawning uncontrollably, snuffle up, and get a headache. It is bad enough that I was reeling after going to the grocery store 2 weeks ago. I have not had my 6 month blood draw yet. I still don't feel great, but keep getting mystery glutenings every few weeks. I've finally decided it is from airborne gluten and am taking steps to reduce my exposure.

If there is anyone else out there with experience in this respect, I would love another opinion or two. I'm leaning toward talking to the pharmacist since I'm so neurotic with the rest of my gluten avoidance and I'm still not feeling more than passable at 6 months gluten-free.

SGWhiskers

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This is the first I have even heard of there being classifications of types of celiac patients, so I don't know if I officially relate there.

But I can say I experience exactly the same thing. When shopping, I hide my nose and mouth in my cloths and hold my breath as much as possible when going near a bakery section. I can't sit next to someone eating gluten-based bread/crumbly items. I can't go near flour or anything covered in it. Everything I eat or expose my skin to has to be produced on a dedicated line. Some wheat-containing perfumes make me feel just awful to be around.

I have not taken a proscription medicine sense about 3 months in to my gluten-free diet, and I was still pretty sick then, so there was no way I'd notice a minor glutened. Now, finding out they don't wash it.. I know for a fact I could be glutened that way, as similar things have happened, and will be asking them to wash it. I even have baristas at Starbucks wash their hands and take the second lid and cup form the pile to avoid CC (it works, and they seem to never mind, so I don't see why a pharmacist would be too different.)

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