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I was only diagnosed a few days ago, so I'm still trying to get this all figured out.

Toothpaste and lip-balms I understand, since you may swallow some.

But, how important is it to have gluten-free lotions, shampoos, pet foods, etc...?

Is this for all of us, or just those of us who are super sensitive?

I know my shampoo & conditioner has wheat grass in it-For about 3 years now I've stopped using shampoos conditioners with SDS or silicone in them, but I guess I could go back to the normal ones if I had to. My dogs are fed food with Barley in it (wellness brand). One of my dogs has a very severe rice/corn allergy, so she can't go gluten-free-at least not on commercially available dog food!

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Jennifer

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Welcome to the board!

My dogs are fed food with Barley in it (wellness brand). One of my dogs has a very severe rice/corn allergy, so she can't go gluten-free-at least not on commercially available dog food!

Not so! There are many foods that are available at pet specialty stores that are gluten-free without having corn or rice either. Here are links to a few:

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet foods

Taste Of The Wild

Wellness CORE

Merrick Before Grain formulas

Shampoo can get into your mouth accidentally. Lotions get on your skin, and then you eat finger food. I'm not super sensitive, but nevertheless I use a gluten-free shampoo. Some people don't worry about it--it is a personal choice, but there are lots of gluten-free products out there.

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Many of us do go gluten free in everything, but it is a choice. I do, not because I think shampoo on my head will gluten me, but I've tasted shampoo before, so if I'm already reading labels, why not keep going? You can find shampoos that are free of both of those ingredients, it may just take a little more looking. I happen to like Shikai for shampoo (and a lotion), and their ingredients look fine: Shikai Product Ingredient List

As for food, neither dogs nor cats need grains in their own diets, so I don't feed my dog grains in his food. And even though my poodle gets his face clipped every couple of weeks, he can have crumbs on his muzzle.

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My dogs are on Natural Way Lassie food, its corn and wheat free, but I still use a scoop and wash my hands just in case.

I'm in lotion turmoil right now. I heard that cetaphil can cause problems because of CC (cetaphil is what my dr wanted me to try) but I have to have a very gentle, lanolin free, shea butter free, extra sensitive lotion. I'm on Differin and the lotion I used to make is not agreeing with me at all anymore. I heard that phisoderm lotion is great, but I can't find it anywhere. I use Dove sensitve skin bar and I use aloe vera (no alcohol, pure) for shaving. I really like the purpose face wash, but I've heard bad reviews on their lotion. I use sulfate free shampoo and wash my hair with conditioner only many days. The everpure sulfate free shampoo has helped the DH on my scalp. The only hair product I used is Paul Mitchell round trip and I know thats gluten-free.

any suggestions for a good face and body lotion that wont cause acne or DH....or do you know of where i can buy phisoderm?

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It depends on your personal sensitivity to gluten. Lot's of people don't have issues with things like shampoos and soaps. I do as a result of trace amounts of gluten in stuff like that. In my view, you are much safer removing the possibility altogether as its pretty easy to find gluten free shampoos and soaps.

Thanks,

Tom

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I guess I'll have to think about this some more....

My cat's food is already 100% grain free-one of the benefits of having a diabetic cat!

I had my dogs on a 100% grain free diet after I found that one of them had problems with corn/rice.

They were on Solid Gold "Bark at the moon". It was way too high in protein (closer to cat food) and the other dog started to develop kidney problems, so that's when I switched them to the wellness and they've both been healthy since.

The shampoos suggested actually have sulfates and silicone, but I can probably find some that don't where I get my current shampoo.

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Okay, strike Wellness CORE off the list--it is a high protein formula. Merrick BG is also fairly high protein. Natural Balance is more typical in protein content, and the LID formulas are grain-free.

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Okay, strike Wellness CORE off the list--it is a high protein formula. Merrick BG is also fairly high protein. Natural Balance is more typical in protein content, and the LID formulas are grain-free.

Thanks! I have a really good local pet store here in town that carries the high end foods, so I'll check to see if they have them and make the transition.

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Daisy Fuentes has a new hair care line that is paraben free and sulfite free. It is only sold at Walgreens. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to. I didn't notice any gluten ingredients. But I am not an expert.

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I am one of the ridiculously super sensitives and have a predominantly gluten-free house. However, my 5 cats and 4 (yes, I said FOUR!) dogs eat IAMS which has no OBVIOUS gluten. I do have an in-house rabbit who's taken over the dining room (yes, I know I need counseling...) who eats mostly hay and greens but does have a small dish of wheat pellets daily- so far, not a problem because I'm VERY careful around it. Some people do not have to worry about these things. I do. In time, you will find out where you are on the "celiac spectrum" and I do believe, like autism, it's a spectrum.

good luck/good health,

lisa

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