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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Swollen Lip?
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This morning I woke up with a swollen upper lip and puffy eyes. I am not diagnosed celiac and I am still eating gluten. I have had a lot of GI issues and have suffered with hives the past few months and many other celiac related symptoms my whole life. I am in the process of attempting to get diagnosed. I have not started the diet yet because the doc wants to do intestinal biopsies. GI doc told me to cut out dairy and gave me an antibiotic (xifaxan). The antibiotic is to rule out small bowel bacterial overgrowth. It is a 14 day treatment and I'm on day 11. I do not think it would have taken this long to have an allergic reation to the medication. My hives are not much better, but my GI problems are about 50% better. I am thinking cutting out most dairy (mainly lactose) has helped. I have never had a reaction like this before. My hives are usually just red patches or bumps on the surface of the skin. I am not allergic to anything that I know of. Lactose intolerant, but not dairy allergic. I did have a pretty good amount of gluten yesterday (muffin at breakfast, birthday party involving beer and cake, chicken pot pie for dinner), but like I said, I'm not for sure diagnosed yet. Has anyone ever had this kind of reaction to gluten or dairy? I took benadryl and most of the swelling has gone down but I'm scared I may wake up tomorrow with my throat swollen!

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What you describe is an allergic reaction, NOT a celiac reaction. Please call your doc - you guys need to find out what you're allergic to ASAP.

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Xifaxan

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

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What you describe is an allergic reaction, NOT a celiac reaction. Please call your doc - you guys need to find out what you're allergic to ASAP.

I've had hives constanly since June. I've been tested for allergies (food and environmental), nothing came back positive. I've seen an allergist and an immunologist. Their diagnosis was chronic idopathic urticaria. It is an apparently an autoimmune reaction and so is celiac. The benadryl is helping right now. If the swelling is still there in the AM I am calling my GI doc and immunologist. I have many other symptoms that point to celiac and I'm trying to find out if I have it. I also have GERD, anxiety, eczema, keratosis pilaris, diarrhea and constipation, fatigue, irregular periods, lactose intolerance, etc.

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Xifaxan

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

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Reactions to medications can occur at any time - and often do take a number of days to develop.

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No swelling this morning. I took benadryl all day yesterday and before bed last night. For now I guess I will keep taking the antibiotic. I just have to take it today and tomorrow. Once I am off of it for a couple of days, I will be calling the doc to schedule biopsies. I don't think it helped much.

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