Gluten On Surfaces...
Posted 03 July 2011 - 03:44 PM
I'm being super careful about not letting my foods get contaminated, not eating any processed foods, etc... but this is the one thing I wonder about. I live in a mixed household and there isn't really any way I can move out or make the house gluten free. I wonder if I am getting glutened from touching surfaces with gluten on them... but it's so hard to know because my celiac symptoms are not overt. Is it possible to not get glutened in a mixed household if I wash my hands a lot and don't touch my face/mouth/nose?
Posted 03 July 2011 - 04:37 PM
"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted." - Albert Einstein
"Life is not weathering the storm; it is learning to dance in the rain"
"Whatever the question, the answer is always chocolate." Nigella Lawson
Caffeine free 1973
Lactose free 1990
(Mis)diagnosed IBS, fibromyalgia '80's and '90's
Diagnosed psoriatic arthritis 2004
Self-diagnosed gluten intolerant, gluten-free Nov. 2007
Soy free March 2008
Nightshade free Feb 2009
Citric acid free June 2009
Potato starch free July 2009
(Totally) corn free Nov. 2009
Legume free March 2010
Now tolerant of lactose
Celiac.com - Celiac Disease Board Moderator
Posted 03 July 2011 - 08:48 PM
What I do now in order to live on the level of a super-sensitive is to use paper towels to turn on faucets, switch off lights, turn door knobs, open cabinets, etc. And I wash my hands right after I touch any shared surfaces. I found my level of CC dropped dramatically once I set my standards super high. If I relax them even a little (not use a paper towel), I get CC'd again.
Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:34 AM
Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:17 PM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 06:01 PM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:51 PM
Is it possible to not get glutened in a mixed household if I wash my hands a lot and don't touch my face/mouth/nose?
I think that may depend on where you store your food and cooking implements, how sensitive to gluten you are, and how close you are to any airborne gluten.
When I go on vacation, I bring a huge plastic box with me (only done it a few times now). It contains my pots and pans, plates, spoons, dishrag, tinfoil, salt - whatever I need, it's in that box. I don't use anything not outside that box. I cover whatever counter space I use with tinfoil or papertowels, and only cook when everyone else is not so there's no splashing, etc... If there's lots of crumbs with a meal, I will usually eat early before everyone starts, or eat after everyone is done.
I have yet to make it through a vacation without getting glutened, nonetheless. In fact, when I am staying at homes where they eat a lot of gluten, I tend to get glutened at least every other day. I try to stay paranoid to keep safe, and sometimes that works, but...it's very, very hard to keep that mindset.
Basically, anything you touch, you have to wash your hand. Open the fridge and wash, open a cupboard and wash, touch the counter and wash, put a hand down the arm rest of a chair and wash - my hands were chapped from washing so much, one winter, and I STILL got glutened. And one of the houses is a shared household, with one gluten free member, so they're very careful to avoid the gluten cc, but it didn't help.
I couldn't say whether it was inhaled gluten, or if I simply forgot just once to wash my hands before touching my mouth or my food, but for me, it was pretty much impossible, sadly. Sucked, too, because it makes any vacation a very stressful experience rather than an enjoyable one, you know?
Gluten free since August 10, 2009.
21 years with undiagnosed Celiac Disease
23 years with undiagnosed sulfite sensitivity
25 years with undiagnosed mast cell activation disorder (MCAD)
Daughter: celiac and MCAD positive
Son: gluten intolerant
Father, brother: celiac positive
Posted 06 July 2011 - 12:48 PM
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users