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I was diag as celiac by a positive blood test about 3 years ago, I try to keep to the gluten-free diet but sometimes "cheat". At work, I am in contact with Wheat Bran which we use as a base for an artificial diet for experimental animals. I am in charge of "cooking" the diet about once a month. About 4 weeks ago, I started having what seemed to be an allergy issue - it is known locally as "summer crud" and most everybody I know gets some form of it this time of year. Began with runny/stuffy nose, then developed a cough. Now however it has become a chronic, lung wrenching cough. I went to the dr 2 weeks ago, she put me on Zithromax which cleared the sinus but the cough is still there. Saw the PA Monday, he put me on an inhaler and gave me a steroid "allergy shot".

Today was a "Diet cook Day" for our critters - I was working with Wheat Bran all day, and despite wearing a dust mask, by the end of the day I was coughing just as badly as before the allergy shot and inhaler. I'm wondering if the bran is triggering something celiac related in my lungs?

I am about ready to do the total elimination diet thing, just go on like almost a fast and slowly add in one item at a time.

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I was diag as celiac by a positive blood test about 3 years ago, I try to keep to the gluten-free diet but sometimes "cheat". At work, I am in contact with Wheat Bran which we use as a base for an artificial diet for experimental animals. I am in charge of "cooking" the diet about once a month. About 4 weeks ago, I started having what seemed to be an allergy issue - it is known locally as "summer crud" and most everybody I know gets some form of it this time of year. Began with runny/stuffy nose, then developed a cough. Now however it has become a chronic, lung wrenching cough. I went to the dr 2 weeks ago, she put me on Zithromax which cleared the sinus but the cough is still there. Saw the PA Monday, he put me on an inhaler and gave me a steroid "allergy shot".

Today was a "Diet cook Day" for our critters - I was working with Wheat Bran all day, and despite wearing a dust mask, by the end of the day I was coughing just as badly as before the allergy shot and inhaler. I'm wondering if the bran is triggering something celiac related in my lungs?

I am about ready to do the total elimination diet thing, just go on like almost a fast and slowly add in one item at a time.

It very well could be an issue. Celiac also causes your immune system to go into overdrive which for many of us makes allergies a lot worse. It also causes an inflammatory reaction in the body which can also contribute to allergies and to asthma as well as other stuff. If you have to work in this enviroment you may want to consider getting a respirator instead of a dust mask. They are uncomfortable and do make one look like a bug but it will give better protection. You also need to be strict and not on again off again with the diet. The antibody effect will never resolve if you keep glutening yourself.

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Asthma is an immune disorder and some of the symptoms are cough and/or

clearing of the throat.

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You didn't mention what kind of inhaler the Dr. put you on or why? There are different kinds. I have in the past used a pro-steroid inhaler to combat chronic bronchitis. It works initially but it doesn't keep the bronchitis from coming back when there was some kind of trigger like a cold or allergen. There are a couple different types of inhalers for Asthma as well as steroid inhalers.

Asthma can be triggered by allergens, both airborne and ingested, so yes, there's could be a connection; anything your body produces an immune reaction to could conceivably trigger asthma. Bronchitis can also be caused or exacerbated by vitamin and mineral deficiencies and allergens.

I was diag as celiac by a positive blood test about 3 years ago, I try to keep to the gluten-free diet but sometimes "cheat". At work, I am in contact with Wheat Bran which we use as a base for an artificial diet for experimental animals. I am in charge of "cooking" the diet about once a month. About 4 weeks ago, I started having what seemed to be an allergy issue - it is known locally as "summer crud" and most everybody I know gets some form of it this time of year. Began with runny/stuffy nose, then developed a cough. Now however it has become a chronic, lung wrenching cough. I went to the dr 2 weeks ago, she put me on Zithromax which cleared the sinus but the cough is still there. Saw the PA Monday, he put me on an inhaler and gave me a steroid "allergy shot".

Today was a "Diet cook Day" for our critters - I was working with Wheat Bran all day, and despite wearing a dust mask, by the end of the day I was coughing just as badly as before the allergy shot and inhaler. I'm wondering if the bran is triggering something celiac related in my lungs?

I am about ready to do the total elimination diet thing, just go on like almost a fast and slowly add in one item at a time.

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The inhaler is "Symbicort" (I think I spelled it right) a steroid. The shot he gave me started with a "K" but I don't recall the exact name. He said he thought I just had some "residual inflamation" from the allergies and that if I took the inhaler for a while it should "calm down" my lungs. I thought I was getting better, but Sunday we went out to breakfast (I had eggs, hash browns and bacon - nothing wheat!) and on the way home I started coughing worse than before, two of my kids had asthma and now I know how they felt during a bad attack. Got home, took some Dayquil, put on a dust mask and laid down for an hour, kept coughing on and off all day but not as bad. Today, Tuesday, the cough is still here. Follow-up Dr appt set for Friday with my regular person, the guy I saw was one of the other PA's. The gal I usually see is also a PA but I have followed her through 3 Dr practices over the last 15 years so she is familiar with my full history, hadn't seen this other guy before.

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