This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.
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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic)
Celiac Disease Screening
Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results
Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free?
How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?
The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free
Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested?
Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing
Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases?
Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid?
Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)
Is there a list of gluten free foods?
Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)
Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages
Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?
Where does gluten hide?
Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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It is true about hidden guten. I have seen news reports that even products claiming to be gluten-free often times contain traces of it. For example, there is gluten in several gluten-free probiotic brands. So, I have been considering not taking probiotics.
If a food product contains wheat, it must be labeled by law. I have been gluten-free for 11 years and have found that this whole concept of hidden gluten (aside from cc) is really not quite true. You have to learn how to read labels correctly to identify what is in the food you are eating. If in any doubt, do not eat the product until further inquiry is made.
Rashes happen for many different reasons but they do seem to occur more frequently in those with autoimmune or allergy problems. Those would probably be the 2 main causes of them. It can be incredibly hard to figure out and doctors are not much better at helping. This is why my 89 year old MIL is trying a gluten-free diet because she is having rash and itching problems that are driving her crazy. No help whatsoever from doctor-land. They just keep feeding her prednisone and that is not a good choice for anyone, never mind an 89 year old. It's a wonder any of us get the help we need!
I ordered mahi mahi and baked sweet potato fries off the special gluten free menu last night and had a head ache all day. They said they cleaned before making my food but I assume it is difficult in a restaurant kitchen.
Hives can be caused by so many things but primarily, it's either allergy related or autoimmune related. You can have autoimmune hives which can result from having one or more AI diseases. I get hives but mine pop when it gets warm and wet......I am severely allergic to molds. They just about appear and disappear quickly, if the weather goes from wet to dry. I use Benadryl to keep them from getting too bad, when needed. I also use children's Benadryl because it works just as well as the adult formula but makes me less drowsy.
You can be more susceptible to environmental allergies when you have Celiac. Is this a problem for you and your sister?
Welcome to then forum, Mona!
No swelling for me but I can encourage you to read our Newbie 101 section under "Coping". Learning how to be gluten free takes time. Withdrawal affects some of us, but not all. Remember this is an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by gluten (unlike MS or lupus where the trigger is unknown). But when triggered the autoimmune response (aka "flare up") can last for days, weeks or months. So, please give yourself time.
Try to rest and put up your feet after work. Hopefully, others here will have good tips for your specific complaint -- swelling.
Read through the forum. Ask questions. We are here to help. Like you, my GI just gave me a list of gluten-free restaurants. Really!
Take care! You will get better!
Hi There, I don't know if there is a place for videos in the forum. I just watched "The Truth About Gluten" I think it is a good video. I would like to share it somewhere but don't know where it should go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here is the link if you have never watched it.
Hello! I am new to this Celiac website... Is there anyone out there with Celiac AND extensive food allergies? My allergies include shellfish, dairy, eggs, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, nuts, oranges, red dye, and more I can't think of. I went to the allergist about a year ago to see why I wasn't feeling well, and once everything was eliminated, I still didn't feel well. We did more testing to find out I had celiac as well as allergies to cattle as well as rye grass (I live on a farm basically). This was back in January 2016. I recently had my endoscopy with the gastroenterologist a week ago. I have no idea what to do or what to eat... So fish and potatoes for me!