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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. Is Panthenol gluten-free?

    Panthenol is the alcohol form of pantothenic acid (more familiarly known as Vitamin B5). Yes, it's gluten free. You don't get B-5 from wheat, barley or rye.
  2. Overwhelmed and unable to accept

    I agree! This pity party has lasted way too long! It's sink or swim buddy boy. No one can save you except YOU. Just like with alcoholics......and drug addicts...... no one else can save you, you have to WANT to save YOURSELF. Only then will anyone be able to help but that doesn't mean you can give up & go back to your self pitying ways. With that said, I'm done wasting my time on you. I wish you all the success in the world but I refuse to watch you wallow any longer.
  3. Here are some links for you. You can eat foods that are whole foods you know. Just look at the ingredients list & make sure it does not contain wheat, barley, rye or malt. http://cflcc.org/alleviate-hunger/ https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/fl-lakeland http://www.suntopia.org/lakeland/fl/food_pantries.php
  4. Do antihistimines make DH worse?

    Hey greenbeanie! Sorry it's taken so long to get any reply. I am in FL & hurricane Irma happened you know. NO damage here thank goodness but we did have power outage and then the internet went down & didn't come back up until today. Weird, weird, weird! First, no, I haven't suspected antihistamines make my rash worsen. However, the only antihistamine I've taken in the last 4 or 5 years is Claritin reditabs. At a couple points in time, I did suspect possibly perhaps the Claritin was making the rash worse but subsequent uses proved that untrue. Or maybe it was true then & not later? Sometimes these things can be soooooo darn hard to nail down! So here's what I have to say about your dilemma. It's possible you've become so sensitive. It's also possible something like iodine is making it flare. Have you been eating a lot of "greens" lately? such as kale, spinach, turnip greens. I have found that asparagus is out for me as apparently it is high in iodine content. I tried 3 different times this year & each time I had asparagus, I had a flare. Eating more seafood than usual? Lots of cheeses & dairy? it's also possible you could have developed another food intolerance. Celiacs who do not have the rash, get reactions just as if they have been glutened even though they haven't, so why wouldn't the same apply to us? Right down to making the rash flare. I wonder about this as I have suspected it of myself but no way to prove it than to test again & again & again which is something I'm not willing to do.
  5. Just take a soapy toothbrush to the part where the knife handle meets the stainless of the knives. Put them in the dishwasher & go on with your life. I mean, when you think about it, who sucks on the part where the handle meets the stainless? Gluten doesn't crawl. Thank goodness!!!!!! Wash the dish towels a few times & carry on & be happy.
  6. Those with dh tend not to have as severe GI symptoms or no GI symptoms at all as opposed to celiacs who do not have dh. Make SURE they take the dh biopsy form a CLEAR area ADJACENT to an active lesion. Anything else is not a dh biopsy.
  7. Peanut M&M's

    Our store has only ever had the chocolate glazed & the vanilla glazed. I bet the cinnamon sugar ones are killer delicious!
  8. Peanut M&M's

    Did you say donuts? We found this to be delicious! https://www.kinnikinnick.com/glutenfree/shop/action/shop/category/donuts-breakfast-items/productcategoryid/6/languageid/1
  9. Ideally you should be eating gluten for 12 weeks just like anyone getting the celiac blood panel who has gone gluten free prior to testing.
  10. I've used this Vaseline lotion for years, both pre dx & post dx. Gluten free. http://www.vaseline.us/product/intensive-care/lotions/advanced-repair-unscented-lotion.html For lips I use Blistex Simple & Sensitive http://www.blistex.com/products/simple-and-sensitive/ I get very dry skin & lips too & these two products work wonders.
  11. If you're worried about meats spoiling do this. Freeze them & put them in his pack frozen. By the time he gets around to eating them, they will have thawed.
  12. Glutino makes some great crackers. http://shop.glutino.com/Crackers/c/Glutino@Crackers?utm_campaign=sitelinks&gclid=Cj0KCQjw557NBRC9ARIsAHJvVVMoSP1KkYCwcl5jt-f0cc-zoiZkxBiqmdNQKBP2ztPjqPidN0lLpicaAmTjEALw_wcB He can use those & top with any number of items. He'd probably like PB or any of the nut butters OR Nutella on them. You can send a plastic knife so he can spread it on the crackers. Fresh veggies such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples, tangerines, pears, any fruit really. Hard boiled eggs. Mission makes some good soft taco wraps that are gluten-free. Those are great for putting any meats, cheeses in or he can just eat them plain. Small cans of beans & he can make his own burrito. Hey, in Texas, he can leave the beans in the sun for a few minutes & he can have a warm burrito. I'm in FL so I know. http://www.missionmenus.com/en/products/view/gluten-free-tortillas-soft-taco Long before celiac, my husband & I used to pack lunches for ourselves & cooked meat was always a favorite. Leftover steak, pork chops, chicken -- wrap in tin foil & eat with clean fingers. Or he can put these items in the soft taco wraps. You can either get him some individual packets of condiments or get some little containers (rubbermaid or whatever) & put condiments in them but he'd have to keep track of the containers, bring them home to be washed & refilled. Larabars https://www.larabar.com gluten-free Kind bars https://www.kindsnacks.com/products/kind-nut-bars?order=rel&filters=[97] Dole Fruit bowls https://dolesunshine.com/products/fruit-bowls
  13. Hang in there! My hubs has major anxiety about things like colonoscopies & last year when he had his, the anesthesiologist gave him some "extra" prior to getting knocked out. It helped him a TON.