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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. Nail Salons And Hair Color

    I am a celiac and have been doctor diagnosed for the past 9 years. I can't use non-gluten free shampoo, hair color or foundation. I use all gluten free products. I have a problem even inhaling gluten in a bakery. You can absorb gluten through your skin and it can be a problem for many people. I would try things first before taking anyone else's word for what will not harm you. The symptoms of gluten damage can go undetected for years until they reach a certain level. After being diagnosed I continued using my regular shampoo and conditioner and had a terrible time with an itchy scalp. I tried different shampoos, stopped drying my hair with the blow dryer, etc and finally ran into another celiac in the health food store and she was asking about gluten free shampoo. I asked her about why she needed gluten free shampoo and she explained. I have used Gluten free everything every since then and have been much healthier and happier since. So you can try by trial and error, but listen to your own body with regard to what others tell you about products containing gluten. All my makeup is gluten free, my shampoo, toothpaste, food products, laundry detergent,etc. You can find some relatively affordable products that are gluten free if you look.
  2. I check everything and am completely gluten free. My dogfood for my dogs is gluten free as well as their treats, my makeup and shampoo/ laundry detergent. Why take the risk??
  3. Intro With Lots Of Mixed Emotions

    Kallismom, You should still see a doctor for the endo testing to determine what damage has been done to your intestines. I had a similar childhood (colic, leg cramps, abdominal pain, thankfully, no rashes). I went misdiagnosed for 48 years. At age 48 I was diagnosed with a blood test and then and endo as having Celiac disease. As a result of it going untreated for so many years I have hypothyroidism, and am lactose intolerant. The severe symptoms of Celiac's came come and go over the length of your life usually until some organ in your body if severely effected. I have been Gluten Free for 8 years, it is never easy and seems to never be certain. I feel much better, but since I have Hypothyroidism it is very difficult to lose weight. All my life I was very thin and had a high metabolism or so it seemed. Apparently since I had Celiac's I could eat anything and never gain weight, just felt poorly when eating certain things. Little by little I eliminated things from my diet that caused the most discomfort, but was never really certain about the reason they caused discomfort. Once in my mid-20's after childbirth, I lost so much weight and could not keep anything down, or up, my doctor thought I had anorexia or bulimia. I was finally treated for ulcers and told I was lactose intolerant. After over 1 1/2 years of constant struggle with weight lose, I started to feel better. I truly survived on black coffee and water with some fruit for good measure. I had changed jobs just after having my son and worked in an office that was pretty much inside a large bakery!!! Not so good for a Celiac!! Looking back I was inhaling gluten all day and when I would have the weekend off I would start to feel better just in time to go back to work. It was about 1 1/2 years later that I started to feel better and now looking back I changed jobs and was no longer working in the office inside the bakery! I will not go on with the rest of my story, but suffice to say at the age of 48 after several years of being treated by Hypothyroidism with swings from over to under active thyroid, my doctor sent me to an endrocrinologist. She took one look at my lonnnnnggggg medical history and simply asked it there were any members of my family who had Celiac Disease. I was tested both with a blood test and then an endoscopy and had a positive result for Celiac disease. It didn't make me feel better immediately of course, but at least I knew it wasn't in my head and there was something I could do about it. I believe Celiac diagnoses we not common or maybe even made at all before 1993-ish. So many people suffered needlessly and in silence. Those of use who are "healing" need to get the word out and help others to find the correct diagnosis for themselves. Good luck to you and I hope you will have your children tested soon and suggest any other blood relatives you know of get tested right away. Just because there are not symptoms don't mean they don't have Celiac disease. It can take some people years to develop outward symptoms.