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Any Way To Counter Act Gluten Once Accidentally Injested?
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I am newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I was diagnosed after I finally became so sick I was hospitalized for a week. I have tried very hard to avoid Gluten since my symptoms are very severe. Most of my symptoms have disappeared since eating gluten free. Once in a while I accidentally injest gluten while at a restaurant or through hidden ingrediants. When this happens, within a few minutes I get asthma symptems and very nauseaus. Always the next day I will have extreme edema in my hands and legs. Is there any way to counter act or stop the adsorption of the gluten when you realize that things start to go wrong? I hope some of you who are more experienced with eating gluten free might have some advice. Again, I am not eathing gluten on purpose and I wish gluten would just disappear from my world. It is a bit frightening when the symptoms come on and I feel helpless when I don't know what to do except take an inhaler and hope for the best. Thanks for your help and advice.

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First off mention the asthmatic symptoms to your doctor. You may have a true allergy to wheat in addition to celiac. If that is the case your doctor might want to have you carry an Epi-pen.

Unfortunately there isn't much that we can do once the gluten reaction starts. I find Pepto Bismal helps with the stomach pain I get and I take for sure gluten-free asprin to help with the inflammation. Drinking lots of water might help but for the most part for me time is the true healer.

You may want to avoid restaurants for a bit till you have healed more. Also if you can go with unprocessed whole foods that are naturally gluten free that will help also.

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Ditto everything ravenwood said. Right on the money!

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I'd always taken L-glutamine. It definitely seemed to help. Chewable, gluten-free (of course), L-glutamine. It seems to stop the symptoms in less than an hour, even the "brain fog" symptoms.

It can't hurt. It's only bad for you if you have kidney or liver problems, otherwise, it only has health benefits. The only side effect is that it's been known to reduce appetite for starch and sugar (which is in fact another reason it's used - to help dieters and alcoholics reduce cravings).

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the other night I felt all bloaty and couldn't figure out why, and then I had some homemade yogurt for dessert and a short time after that I didn't feel so bloaty. I don't know for certain if I got glutened, but something wasn't quite right, but the yogurt seemed to help for some reason. Maybe the bacteria in it.

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I agree with a lot of what everyone has posted. Some other things I do also is take gas-ex, just make sure to read the label, there is one that doesn't have "hidden gluten" in it. I also take some benadryl (sp) and tylenol. Other than that lots and lots of water to flush out my system.

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Just my random ideas of what I do that makes me feel better:

Ginger tea and yogurt to aid with digestion.

Exercise to release toxins and aid in digestions.

Warm bath with Epsom salt toxins.

Don't know why, but they do help me!

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CGally, what brand of L-Glutamine do you use? And do you use tablets or powder drink mix?

Vitacost.com has diet and sport aids on special, and there are a few options for L-Glutamine. I couldn't find any locally, but I think I might like to try it and keep it around in case of future glutenings.

Are there other benefits to using it? I'm a lot carb-er anyhow, so I don't eat starch or sugars!

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