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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. I was just wondering.. is it necessary to use gluten free cosmetics? Like lotions, shampoos, makeup, etc? I was assuming the only things that needed to be gluten free are things that are entering the digestive system. So what's the deal? Is there a concern that it will be absorbed through the skin? I understand that it makes sense for chapstick to be gluten free, since you usually ingest it unintentionally. But what about the other things? I had a lot of hair loss before I was diagnosed, and am hoping that with time it will regrow after being gluten free for a while. Just making sure the shampoo has nothing to do with this.. Thanks!
  2. Yeah I have definitely had this same reaction after a night of drinking, but I could never pinpoint the exact source. I feel like I'm not that sensitive, because there are a lot of sources of cross contamination (sharing a kitchen with a bunch of other non-celiacs, including toaster, etc.) It's definitely possible though, because I do have random stomach problems even when I feel like I've been completely gluten free. It's frustrating not being able to figure out where it's coming from. Thank you for your suggestions! I'll definitely have to try them out. And yeah, it sucks being a poor college student. haha. I've also heard that some people are just sensitive to alcohol in general? Maybe this is the problem. :\
  3. My primary physician ran follow up labs and I am confused. She put a note at the bottom saying that my IgA is still positive. It doesn't make sense to me. Here are the results: Endomysial Antibody IgA Result: Negative Range: Negative t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA Result: <2 Range: 0-3 Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum Result: 195 Range: 70-400 Comments: Negative: 0-3 Weak Positive: 4-10 Positive: >10 So according to these results, doesn't that mean that my result is within normal limits, meaning negative.. meaning my IgA is not positive? I don't see where she got that from. Thanks for any help!
  4. Hello there! I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in August. Actually, I received the call from the GI guy about my biopsy results when I was in a crowded airport on my way back to college (in new england). That was a joyful day, obviously I found that the doctors I dealt with back home were pretty awful, actually. I'm a 4th year nursing student and am well aware of the importance of educating patients.. especially those newly diagnosed with a disease. However, all I was told was.. "yeah, you need to avoid gluten now." I didn't know much about this disease or what exactly gluten was. Therefore, I had to do a lot of research on my own. I'm still learning everyday what I specifically need to avoid, and how to cook (which is new for me). I recently got my latest lab results back and apparently I'm still not completely gluten free, which is frustrating to discover after all the effort I've been making. It's been difficult transitioning, especially being so far from home. I have a really supportive family way out in California who always let me pick the restaurants when we go out to eat and cook gluten free meals when I'm home. My friends are great at school too. I'm finding that the hardest part for me so far is not being able to eat the available junk food and pizza on the weekends.. you know, late night munchies. I always get very excited to meet other people who make a life out of avoiding gluten, but they are few and far between. I'd love to make more friends, so that I can learn more from everyone who has more experience than me. I still feel a little bit in the dark about everything, so I could use some help!
  5. So.. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few months ago, so I am relatively new to all the restrictions. Last night I went out with my friends as is our tradition on Thursday nights. I've been struggling trying to figure out what is safe to order at the bars. Usually I play it safe and order hard cider that I know is gluten free, but it is expensive. They have deals for well drinks all the time, and last night I tried cranberry vodka. This morning I had quite a bad reaction (Big D, if you know what I mean.. actually HUGE D), and the cranberry vodka is really the only questionable thing from last night/yesterday. When you go out to the bar, what are some safe drinks to order? It's difficult because the bars we go to are always packed with college kids and not exactly the best environment to have a lengthy conversation with one of two bartenders about the gluten business. I tried to keep it simple, but is it possible that whatever cranberry "juice" they used contained gluten? Also, what's the deal with the alcohol? I thought that everything distilled was gluten free. Is that not true? Some girl I met here with Celiac disease said that the more expensive vodkas usually contain gluten. Just wondering for future reference. Thanks for the help