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Anyone Get A Fever When Glutened?

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My son got glutened this weekend at a camp.  It's the first time since he was diagnosed with celiac and went gluten-free that I know he had gluten.  Within about 12 hours he was nauseous, unhappy, and running a fever.  So we came home early.  By that evening he was able to eat again and the fever broke overnight so I sent him to school yesterday.  And now this morning the fever, nausea, and lack of appetite are back.

 

It seems way too coincidental to just be a stomach bug, but the fever seems weird.  And since we know he accidentally ate some gluten, it seems like the cause-and-effect is clearly there.  But I'm curious if others have had fevers when glutened.  I posted on the parent's board, too,  but thought I might catch more people over here.

 

Thanks!

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Since he was at camp...my guess would be he caught a bug and got glutened.

 

Lots of water and rest...hope he is feeling better very soon :)

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This question intrigued me so I did a few quick searches and found this:  http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/sideeffectsofthediet/f/Stomach-Flu-Food-Poisoning-vs-Gluten.htm

According to this, it isn't impossible to get a fever from getting glutened but it is extremely rare.  It is much more likely to be a bug or food poisoning.

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I would think he caught a bug from all those germ carriers sometimes called " kids".

Fever isn't usually a symptom of glutening. This isn't very scientific, but I have seen where it appears to happen occasionally in younger kids.

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Thanks for the replies. He was only at camp for 24 hours (it was just a weekend thing), so I can't just blame the kids. Of course, he spends all day with them at school during the week, so it could still be a bug.

Now he's totally itchy all over. This is weird.

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The symptoms from being glutened can be different than the symptoms he experienced prior to diagnosis.  Of course there are some illnesses that can cause itching too.

 

So tough to know.  The fever is the telltale sign for me that it is a bug in addition to possible gluten symptoms.

 

Hang in there Mom -- I hope he is feeling much better tomorrow : )

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Hope he is better by now!!  For future readers, I would suggest checking all medication.  Sometimes we forget that we're taking pills for other things.  I too was struck with a mild fever, exhaustion, loss of appetite and I KNEW I had stupidly glutened myself the day before. So I searched this forum and found a couple people who said they experienced a mild fever during a glutening and went about my business. A day or two later, I developed hives. It never crossed my mind that I could be having a reaction to the antibiotic I had been taken without incident for 7 days previous to the ingestion of gluten.  As Karen said for a different reason, "it's not very scientific", but I think the boost from my immune response to the gluten caused my body to react to the medication.   

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Thanks for the reply.  I think he probably had both the glutening and some illness at the same time.  The fever and full-body rash seemed a bit at odds with the standard GI issues.  He's not on any medications, but I suspect the same kind of thing could be at play - the immune response to the gluten exacerbated other conditions. 

 

And he is better now, although he ended up missing 2 days of school and the last day of camp. 

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Thanks for the reply.  I think he probably had both the glutening and some illness at the same time.  The fever and full-body rash seemed a bit at odds with the standard GI issues.  He's not on any medications, but I suspect the same kind of thing could be at play - the immune response to the gluten exacerbated other conditions. 

 

And he is better now, although he ended up missing 2 days of school and the last day of camp. 

 

Glad to hear he is feeling better :)

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