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Saw my GI today for follow up and found out that I might still be glutening myself :(  I thought I was doing great with my new gluten free diet and didn't even think of the skin care products that I was using ;(   My moisturiser contains GLUTEN!! I thought that it wasn't possible for gluten to be absorbed in the blood stream through the skin but my GI specialist thinks otherwise. I guess that is another newbie mistake for me. I just feel frustrated because I thought I was doing good but I guess this means I have to start from day 1 again :(   But  I don't know how this is possible because my GI symptoms (well symptoM  as I just had the Big C) have disappeared and I don't have skin sensitivity to gluten.    

 

Also my calcium is slightly high not sure if it is secondary to taking supplements but my doc is sending me to for bone scan. Do I need to be worried about this?

 

I just feel so disappointed in myself but looking at the bright side I am happy that this was made clear to me during initial stages of my diet and not towards the end or else I would have been really pissed :P

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Saw my GI today for follow up and found out that I might still be glutening myself :(  I thought I was doing great with my new gluten free diet and didn't even think of the skin care products that I was using ;(   My moisturiser contains GLUTEN!! I thought that it wasn't possible for gluten to be absorbed in the blood stream through the skin but my GI specialist thinks otherwise. I guess that is another newbie mistake for me. I just feel frustrated because I thought I was doing good but I guess this means I have to start from day 1 again :(   But  I don't know how this is possible because my GI symptoms (well symptoM  as I just had the Big C) have disappeared and I don't have skin sensitivity to gluten.    

 

Also my calcium is slightly high not sure if it is secondary to taking supplements but my doc is sending me to for bone scan. Do I need to be worried about this?

 

I just feel so disappointed in myself but looking at the bright side I am happy that this was made clear to me during initial stages of my diet and not towards the end or else I would have been really pissed :P

 

 

Well, hon,  it isn't possible for gluten to be absorbed through the skin. The gluten molecule is too large.

 

(make sure your "GI specialist" knows this.)

 

Please, read this:

 

http://glutenfreedietitian.com/articles/BLOGPersonalCareProductsBlog.11.pdf

 

 

No need to worry about a bone scan. It's painless and over in a second (you lay on a table--that's  it)

 

Calcium being high is less worrisome than calcium being low. If you are newly diagnosed, all of your levels may very well normalize soon anyway. Just give the G F diet some time.

 

I am sure you are doing everything right. No, you do not have to start from "day 1" again.

 

If your Big C has disappeared, you are doing fine. 

 

Why on earth did he say you were "glutening yourself?"  This is confusing.

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Sorry for your set back.  Are you sure that the lotion was the problem?  Unless you were licking it off your fingers or something, its not likely the cause.  Are your supplement/medications gluten free?  Do you have a shared kitchen?  I would look at some other possibilities.  Also, I don't know how long you have been diagnosed but it does take time to heal.

 

Good luck to you.

 

Colleen

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Well, hon,  it isn't possible for gluten to be absorbed through the skin. The gluten molecule is too large.

 

(make sure your "GI specialist" knows this.)

 

Please, read this:

 

http://glutenfreedietitian.com/articles/BLOGPersonalCareProductsBlog.11.pdf

 

 

No need to worry about a bone scan. It's painless and over in a second (you lay on a table--that's  it)

 

Calcium being high is less worrisome than calcium being low. If you are newly diagnosed, all of your levels may very well normalize soon anyway. Just give the G F diet some time.

 

I am sure you are doing everything right. No, you do not have to start from "day 1" again.

 

If your Big C has disappeared, you are doing fine. 

 

Why on earth did he say you were "glutening yourself?"  This is confusing.

I second all this advice. The only thing regarding skin care that needs to be gluten-free would be hand lotion because if you slather that on and then eat a sandwich, you could be ingesting some which would cause an actual gluten hit.....not the fake kind like the notion that gluten is absorbed through the skin.  Good grief!  This man is a doctor with bad medical advice like that?  :blink:  

 

I will also mention that anything that goes on your lips is another "must be gluten-free" item, for obvious reasons.  It has to make it's way into your mouth, no matter what the offending item is before you need to worry.  Or up your nose or in your eyes but I highly doubt you will do that with your make-up/skincare items!  :o  

 

If your symptoms are resolving, then pat yourself on the back that you are doing a good job and don't worry about skin care/ make-up items unless you plan on eating them....no matter what this specialist says.  Their information is incorrect.

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Thanks everyone! I was diagnosed at the beginning of this month. 

 

Food wise I am doing ok..well I had almonds and walnuts from kirkland which I later found out were processed in same facility that might have wheat <_< All my supplements are dairy & gluten free. My iron came up to be 127  :rolleyes: Its just the calcium that has me worried. I just do not want to have hyperthyroidism  :( My vitamin D is really low. Although I am not as anxious about the bone density exam now that I know its not something intrusive.

my husband has also gone gluten free with me and he eats outside if he is craving some wheat and makes sure he wash his hands and brush his teeth if he does consume gluten. Its just I was darn sure that gluten cannot be absorbed but hearing it from the specialist made me worried. well he said " you are working so hard on your diet just make sure you don't use products with gluten as it can be absorbed through your skin" But it is reassuring that it can't be absorbed through skin . I think I will use this one until it finishes and maybe buy the gluten free one next time just to be extra sure that I am healing.

 

Thanks everyone!

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Thanks Gemini! I do take extra care with my lip balms and hand lotions. I also always wash my hands before touching my food just to be extra sure and mostly consume foods for which I need cutlery. I am trying my best to avoid any cross contamination!  

 

you guys are right, I shouldn't worry myself with this. Just because its coming from a specialist doesn't always mean that the information is correct!

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Some people choose to only use gluten-free skin/hair care products (I do), but it's mostly a "better safe than sorry" measure. It can't be absorbed by the skin, but if it gets in your mouth, that could cause problems. I was (obliviously, cause I'm an idiot and didn't read the label properly) using a shampoo with wheat protein in it for over a year. Definitely wouldn't say it glutened me, but I could swear I felt the teensiest bit better after switching, but I'm pretty sensitive. So, it is possible that your moisturizer could have been glutening you, but only through your mouth, not skin.

 

In any case, it could be something else causing CC, or could be that you just haven had long enough to heal completely. When were you diagnosed? Good to hear all your vitamins are going up. I'd kill for 100+ iron levels!

Really, sounds like you're feeling better and getting better. So tell your doctor next time that he's been misinformed on the skin absorption thing, and keep on learning and healing.

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If you're still concerned about going Gluten-free with topical products, sensitive-skin Curel is Gluten-free - and I have found that it actually works really well (was using it for years before I even knew I had a gluten problem).  Also, most Bare Minerials makeup is gluten-free, as is most Banana Boat sun screen.  Check their websites for a list of specific varieties.

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I have to second Gemini. If you put lotion on your hands and then just rub it all over your face getting it on your lips, that could gluten you. The same thing happened to me. I'd wake up feeling great, get ready for work, and by the time I got there I'd start feeling the gluten sleepies and get a headache. After a couple weeks, I realized the problem and I changed my lotion!  

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No I understand. I cant even touch it. When I bake cookies for my family that contain wheat my hands swell & became rashed as well as red. Maybe some peoples sensitivities are worse then others.Its goofy but when the holidays come around I buy disposable gloves for that purpose. I also don't use any Aussie conditioner. That contains wheat. It took me two weeks of a flaky itchy scalp to realize that maybe I should look at the label.  <_<

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No I understand. I cant even touch it. When I bake cookies for my family that contain wheat my hands swell & became rashed as well as red. Maybe some peoples sensitivities are worse then others.Its goofy but when the holidays come around I buy disposable gloves for that purpose. I also don't use any Aussie conditioner. That contains wheat. It took me two weeks of a flaky itchy scalp to realize that maybe I should look at the label.  <_<

Sounds like a contact allergy to me.

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No I understand. I cant even touch it. When I bake cookies for my family that contain wheat my hands swell & became rashed as well as red. Maybe some peoples sensitivities are worse then others.Its goofy but when the holidays come around I buy disposable gloves for that purpose. I also don't use any Aussie conditioner. That contains wheat. It took me two weeks of a flaky itchy scalp to realize that maybe I should look at the label.  <_<

Yup.  You have a separate allergy issue.  Touching gluten is not an issues for those without an allergy to wheat.  As you know Celiac is an AI Disease, not an allergy. 

 

When you said your Doctor told you that you were getting gluten from your lotion, was he talking about your allergic reaction?  Then he would not be an idiot.  Are you Diagnosed Celiac?  Or do you have a wheat allergy.  They are two very different things. 

 

Colleen

 

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Yup.  You have a separate allergy issue.  Touching gluten is not an issues for those without an allergy to wheat.  As you know Celiac is an AI Disease, not an allergy. 

 

When you said your Doctor told you that you were getting gluten from your lotion, was he talking about your allergic reaction?  Then he would not be an idiot.  Are you Diagnosed Celiac?  Or do you have a wheat allergy.  They are two very different things. 

 

Colleen

 

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...or maybe both?

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