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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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

What Is The Difference Between Celiac Disease & Wheat Allergy Symptoms?
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Is there a significant difference between the two to really pin point whether you have either one?

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Is there a significant difference between the two to really pin point whether you have either one?

It's not so much the symptoms as the testing. For the former, you see a gastroenterologist and get blood tests (the celiac panel) and a biopsy of the small intestine. The impression one gets around here is that the number of false negatives (you have celiac disease but the tests say you don't) is quite high. For the latter, you see an allergist and get a scratch test, as I understand it. I have the impression that this is much more accurate, but I could be completely wrong. Regardless, the Mayo Clinic says this and this about the symptoms of the two conditions:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wheat-all...ECTION=symptoms

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-di...ECTION=symptoms

Mainly, celiac disease symptoms are much more varied.

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http://www.foodintol.com/wheat.asp

What is the difference between Wheat Allergy and Wheat Intolerance?

For clarity they are NOT the same thing: Wheat Allergy is a severe sudden onset allergic reaction to a certain protein component of wheat. That is, it's an auto-immune response of the body. Usual symptoms are immediate coughing, asthma, breathing difficulties, and/or projectile vomiting. It can cause life-threatening responses in allergic people. See Anaphylactic responses.

Fortunately, true Wheat allergy is quite rare (less than

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Here's another bit on info, only on the difference between sensitivy and celiac:

http://www.glutenfreefox.com/articles/glut...-vs-celiac.html

Dr. Vikki wrote:

What

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Allergies are IgE mediated, celiac IgA.

with celiac, there are vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to malabsorption. Not with wheat allergy.

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