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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Hives And Chronic Constipation?

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went to the derm today and he said my 'hives' are not DH. he thinks i have chronic urticaria. i think he's an a**. i explained that i believe that wheat causes me to break out and he said i could have an allergy, not necessarily have celiac. i only get hives 'everywhere' (literally) from the waist down. they look like huge mosquito bites and then fade into small, red bumps. when i have a 'flare up' they burn and itch uncontrollably.

i refuse to take zyrtec my whole life!

does anyone have just a wheat allergy? what are your symptoms?

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I have the same problem! Every time I eat anything containing wheat or touch wheat or walk into a bakery I breakout into hives and get massive stomach problems. I took myself off of wheat for 2 years. I finally got great insurance and got allergy tested. I do not have a wheat allergy. My allergist told me I had "very sensitive skin" and no allergies. She also did a blood test for celiac... even though I told her I hadn't eaten gluten for 2 years. Since the test was negative, according to her I am just a "very allergic person" but she told me to go ahead and eat gluten. I do not think she is very educated.

I would go ahead and get tested for food allergies. At least you would know for sure.

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Ive had the hive problem for 9 years both wheat and dairy. If I stay away from both (which is very hard to do since those are the 2 main ingredients in most everything)...I am fine as long as Im far from the two. Only I break out on my face which is very annoying and the only topical solution which is not a cure all I use 2.5% hydro-cortisone I apply it at night and it usually stops the weeping from the hives....I break out in spots like 2 to 3 at a time but it looks as though Ive been shot in the face by a shotgun. Most of the time its accidental intake of one or the other. If it is in a large dose I break out in a rash on my forearms and inner thighs which does not weep but itches like there is no tomorrow and wont stop for days on end it seems. The cure for that is foot spray which soothes the itching. Other than that since I have no insurance I try to watch what I eat and touch.

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It doesn't specifically have to be an allergy to cause hives. Food intolerances (apart from food allergies) can cause all sorts of dermatological symptoms. Gluten makes my face break out.

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