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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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If you have time to get to the hospital, it isn't immediately life threatening so is medic alert necessary in this case?  

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Not all anaphylactic reactions happen within seconds or just a few minutes, it is not unheard of for someone with this type of reaction to have time to get to a hospital. If it were always a matter of if you have time to get to a hospital it isn't life threatening, how do you figure any child is ever diagnosed with a life threatening allergy after having a reaction and being rushed to the ER? It was my understanding that the entire point of the ER is to treat life threatening emergencies. How long it takes to get to an ER and whether or not you survived the trip has no bearing on whether or not the issue is or is not immediately life threatening.

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Again, if you can find any literature where a celiac crises has killed someone, I would be willing to think about it again but I've found nothing like that.  Perhaps saying "time to get to the ER" vs. a potentially fatal in minutes was my misuse of words. Sure, some people would have time to get to the ER but many wouldn't make it there without having been given Epi which would be on them hopefully and the medic alert bracelet would alert to this.  To die of dehydration (which is the key of a Celiac crisis) takes approximately anywhere from 3-10 days. 

 

I haven't ever seen where anyone with Celiac disease has died from a small ingestion of gluten. Again, I'm willing to rethink my position on this if you can find literature to support that. 

 

I won't drone on about this any more as I think everyone here knows my stance :) lol

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