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Something still has me baffled. I have been gluten free since Dec. 08 and it seems the longer I'm away from gluten I'm becoming hypersensitive. I am definitely feeling better gut wise but these itches and rashes keep popping up. Shouldn't I be healthier, thus less prone to allergies as I improve my eating? When I would be accidentally glutened I would know it because of nausea. Lately it was a rash from grits, then extreme itching from McCormick's Old Bay. (both products I used frequently without problems for months) I just had dinner out and now I am itching from head to toe. Probably a cross contamination issue at the restaurant but this symptom is new to me. I feel like I'm freaky about everything I put in my mouth lately. Not a great place to live especially since I am so happy with my gut issues being resolved with the gluten free diet. Thanks for any information anyone can give me......I'll go away now and scratch these itches all over my body. :o

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You are too funny. I am having some of the same issues but I have not been gluten free as long as you. I hope you get some answers so I can read them. I wish you no more itches......and me too. I'm all bruised up.

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Fran,

Have you tried increasing the amount of yogurt or probiotics? They are supposed to help with digestion and with immunity.

Shauna

[]Yes, I do eat yogurt every other day and take probiotics everyday. The funny thing is that I seem to be digesting my meals fine, no d, gas or bloating. I feel better after eating than I have in many years. It is the external symptoms that concern me. Could damage be occuring in my intestines without my knowing it if these external symptoms are going on?

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I can offer words of condolence, but not much enlightenment. I am 20 months down the gluten free road, and still chasing itchies. I am very much afraid that they do come from additional intolerances/sensitivites, of which we were previously unaware. For me they have been, successively, soy, citric acid, potato starch. I have not stopped itching yet since going gluten free, but think I am finally getting a handle on it. Hope to goodness nothing else shows up, and that I can stop scratching soon :D:D

Good luck with finding out what is doing it for you.

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It sucks, I know, lol. New things will pop up, but I have found that over time it will all diminish. It took me 4 months but am better under control with reactions to foods. I am sure it will turn that way for you too. Just patience, it takes time and yes it is a hard road.

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I hate all the itching that I have but it is only occasionally and external. My poor sister has internal colon itching, it's truly an itch that can't be scratched! When I was diagnosed in Dec. she decided to try going gluten free (didn't get tested until after quiting gluten so her test was negative). After getting off the gluten the itching quit. But she isn't very committed to staying off gluten and the symptoms return. She has been to lots of specialist about this problem and they could not find a thing wrong or a solution to the itching. Obviously they didn't check for celiac..

Thanks for mentioning the soy, citric acid...I'll watch those too.

Glad you are doing so well after 4 months Liveenjoylife. It's been 7 months for me but these new allergies are just beginning. Hopefully this too shall pass....

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Wow! Now I know why after going gluten free for a month and not having hardly any symptoms to having many symptoms after eating normal foods again. I didn't know you become more sensitive after being gluten free for a period. OH NO! And OH the itches! I also think the Soy is a NO NO for me. All of you are so kind and understanding and I didn't even ask the question. ANGELS in my pc. Thank you for all of the answers.........that everyone can read and learn and try to help ourselves.

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Have you been tested for food allergies? It's different from celiac testing because whether you have or haven't been eating specific foods before the test doesn't matter. It might shed some light on what foods are causing you to itch.

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I would agree that this sounds like a histamine reaction or an allergy. Sometimes they lay in wait until our gluten issues are in hand then jump out and make us itch. Do you think you might have a problem with MSG? What ingrediants are in the two foods you most suspect?

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