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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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I went to my allergist because I was getting dizzy and short of breath when I ate certain foods. I am allergic to 35 out of 41 things but nothing food related according to the skin tests. I was reading about Candida and Celiac. I have a skin condition (several diagnois from roscea to dermititus sp?) I have asthma with frequent croup like cough that last for a week to 3 month and need to go on heavy doses of prednioise. I am not sure where to go from here. My skin tends to get more inflammed when I eat things that are higher in Gluten and I have the unexplained coughing attacks.

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My allergist had no idea how to test for Celiac Disease. So unless you have a better allergist, I would suggest you find yourself a different doctor who could test you. All of the symptoms you mentioned could be caused by gluten intolerance, but they could also be something else. You should ask for a Celiac Panel, and that should include the following:

Anti-gliadin IgA Antibodies

Anti-gliadin IgG Antibodies

Anti-Endomysial IgA Antibodies (EMA)

Anti-human tissue transglutaninase IgA (tTg)

total serum IgA-to make sure you are not IgA deficient

Some doctors choose to do only the gliadin tests, but these really aren't enough. And some only do either the EMA or the tTg, and that is okay, but both would be better. And the total IgA is very important, without this you can pretty much just throw any negative test result in the trash. IgA deficency is more common in Celiacs than the general population and it would result in a false negative reading.

Or you can go a much easier route and test with Enterolab , but your doctors might not accept the results. The tests are new, but very accurate, and they pick up gluten intolerance in its early stages, rather than having to wait until your body is producing enough antibodies to be picked up i the blood tests. Check them out if you want to, many of us here have been tested through them. I highly recommend them.

God bless,

Mariann

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