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amberleigh

Did You See An Allergist?

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I always thought I was lactose intolerant...and now with the celiac disease dx, I wonder if I really am or if it was the gluten that was bothering me all this time...or could it be both? I've been using Lactaid for years now, but still eat regular cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc. Would an allergist be able to tell me? What about other things like soy, eggs, nuts, seafood, etc?

Also, I just read something about children "outgrowing" allergies. If my kiddos have celiac disease (we're having them tested next month) would they possibly outgrow it? Or is it for life?

Thanks!

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A good allergist could be a help to you. I talked to mine twice after the enterolab positive results, and have done some elimination and challenges on foods just recently.

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Allergies can change (come and go) over time, but once a celiac always a celiac. It can not be outgrown.....gluten free is for life.

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My husband and I both saw a naturopath who uses the ELISA test to diagnose allergies to over 100 different foods. That blood test detects IgE and IgG reactions to food proteins. I also took Enterolab's soy, yeast and egg (IgA) stool test which diagnosed my soy allergy. There are other allergy tests, but I'd recommend either a blood or stool test to detect allergen antibodies. Skin and saliva tests are very unreliable. I'd suggest that you see a naturopath, rather than an allergist who often focuses on anaphylactic or environmental allergies, rather than delayed raction food allergies.

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I didn't bother seeing an allergist, because celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance are not allergies. They are autoimmune disorders. Many (but not all) people believe that celiac disease is simply what is likely to happen if you are gluten intolerant and continue to eat gluten.

Of course, if you have any reason to suspect that you might be allergic to something, you should either see an allergist or do an elimination diet and then challenge whatever it is you suspect. Or maybe both.

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