• Ads by Google:
     




    Get email alerts Celiac.com E-Newsletter

    Ads by Google:



       Get email alertsCeliac.com E-Newsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Working At A Pizza Place?
0

8 posts in this topic

Hello,

This is my first time posting here. After a very long struggle of being extremely sick I went on a gluten-free diet about 1.5 years ago. I felt amazing! Lately, I have been feeling quite terrible again. I go to work and school and it seems impossible to even think in school, let alone get my projects done. I have been in a ton of pain.

My question is: am I completely insane for working at a pizza place with flour all over?

I have been trying to figure out if some other food besides gluten, dairy, and soy have been making me sick but I haven't been able to pinpoint anything as all food seems to make me sick. I am very careful at work. I always wash my hands really well before I eat. I even make sure to not lick my lips at all. Could breathing flour in be a problem? Could ingesting a tiny amount of flour the night before cause breakfast to make me sick?

Thanks much

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


Hi, welcome stonezeppelinpilot!

I would think that yes, you working at a pizza place with flour flying around could make you sick. The problem with flour is that is stays in the air for several hours, someone has actually posted the time before, I can't remember, and it will settle on any and everything in the resturant. So if you are eating there you could be getting it into your system. You also could have an allergy to it along with the gluten intolerance.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm mom in a family of 5...the only gluten-free one. I have segregated all the gluten stuff on to an island in my kitchen. I rarely ever bake - leave that up to my kids now. I have made home made pizza crust and cookies & glutened myself - while trying not to so I just quit. It's not feasible to make my house gluten free at this point - expensive ! However, I do have my areas and pans, etc. so it helps a lot. I recently glutened myself coming home from a hockey tournament on the drive home, after handing out food to my family (cinnamon buns and helping DH unwrap his sub)...and then eating my food. I'm pretty sensitive but it gives you an idea just how easy it is to get glutened. I would think in a pizza place it would be everywhere !

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Stone,

Sorry you haven't been feeling well lately, but I would say it is probably all the pizza dough and flour flying around. I read somewhere (don't you love that vague expression) that flour can stay in the air for up to 3 days. Whether the time frame is accurate doesn't really matter, but the fact that you are around it while it's flying is cause enough to believe that you are being glutened while working there. Small amounts, bit by bit, can make you sick over time. Gluten Free Pizza parlor anyone? ;)

I've actually stopped baking at home with non gluten-free flours. My GI doctor said my antibody numbers weren't going down as much as they should and told me to be hyper-vigilant about gluten. So, I've changed the dog's treats to gluten-free, refuse to touch gluten bread, etc. and don't bake with gluten flours. My non-gluten-free family members understand and have to do for themselves a little more, but hopefully it is working!

I hate to think about what you are going to have to do - can you possibly find another place to work? I know, stupid question in today's times, but maybe you can???

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know officially how long flour stays in the air but I think it's at least a day. It also gets in the air ducts and can get pushed around again. Hub made some cookies with reg flour. Wiped the counter. Next morning, a light dusting of flour on the counter and top of mixer. When you get your wood floors sanded and re- finished, you get wood dust settling for about 3 days.

Hopefully, you can find a new job that you like. If you explain to your manager why you have to leave, maybe they would give you a good recommendation.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


Thanks everyone!

It does feel like I have been getting progressively more sick. I am definitely going to try to find a new job. It's going to be difficult right now though. So hectic this time of year with christmas and finals.

Much appreciated!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Until you find something else, could you use a mask? I don't know if that would work, but maybe some "old-timers" would know.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I saw this post on google and I wanted to ask an even more specific question. I was diagnoised with cealics diease at the age of 16, however due to lack of knowledge I havent followed my diet as strictly as I should. However I've decided to research and follow my diet as stict as possible. I have been a manager of 2 pizza places for the past couple of years. First at dominos and currently Donatos pizza in Columbus Ohio. At dominos we used corn mill to stretch our wheat dough and currently at Donatos we do not use corn mill or flour, the dough comes pee pressed with corn mill on the outer layer. I've recently started washing after everytime I've touched the dough or wheat buns (and as of yesterday I've started wearing plastic gloves for the better part of the day. My question is am I at risk of breaking my diet or causing any further damage to my body by working around wheat? I do not ingest it however sometimes flakes or bread or cums fly at my face or water from our sinks splash me in the face.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      107,332
    • Total Posts
      935,531
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      64,994
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Daisy Charlize
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • What you all are going through is normal. It took a long time for celiac to progress to the point where you were diagnosed and it takes time for the antibodies to resolve and for you to return to full health but you will. Eat as many whole foods as you can, stay away from oats and limit or delete dairy until you have healed for a while longer. Some of us will react to even gluten free oats so wait until you have been symptomless to try them out.  Sublingual B12 may help you heal a bit faster and do take a good gluten free vitamin. Be careful of the 'whole foods' vitamins as some will have barley or wheat grass in them. Eventually you will recognize when you get hit by CC, in my case I get a shift like I am falling sideways and an almost instant change in mood for the worse but it took a while to realize that was what was happening.  If you take any prescription meds do make sure that your pharmacist knows you are celiac and that they are checking all meds prescribed. If you haven't already do read the Newbie 101 thread at the top of the Coping section as it will have a lot of good information to keep you safe. Welcome to you all and I hope you heal quickly.
    • Did you take any vitamin D supplements when that tested low? Was anything done to correct the other deficiencies you had?  Do you take a multivitamin now?  I think correcting any vitamin and mineral deficiencies should be the first line of defense.   It's the simplest way of ruling out more sinister conditions.  Vitamin deficiency diseases can be mistaken for other diseases.  For example,  a deficiency in niacin (pellagra) can be mistaken for Celiac Disease. https://www.celiac.com/articles/24658/1/A-Differential-Diagnosis-How-Pellagra-Can-be-Confused-with-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html Cycling Lady broke vertebra in her neck throwing up.  She had anemia, a result of iron and B12 deficiencies.   I understand how you can just blow off the importance having adequate vitamin and mineral levels.  I did.  My doctor did, too. But when a friend suggested vitamin D deficiency might be causing my severe depression,  I begged my doctor to check my vitamin D level.  He ranted he couldn't make any money prescribing vitamins.  He finally agreed, but only because my insurance would pay for it and he could prescribe synthetic D2.  My level was six.  That's severely deficient.  He didn't bother with checking for other deficiencies.  I broke a leg, osteoporosis due to calcium deficiency.  That's lame.  I developed pellagra.  That's "slightly dead."  Then there was the BeriBeri episode with bouts of tachycardia. That's "almost dead." And from complications of vitamin A deficiency, I'm legally blind.  All within three years.  Yeah, sure, vitamins aren't so important.  Just ignore them, they'll go away.  Please rethink putting nutritional deficiencies on the back burner. Hope this helps. 😸
    • Former lifeguard and competitive swimmer here. There could be some potential issues, but I think it's pretty unlikely. Here's why I think that: 1. The water volume in a standard 25m pool is enormous (hundreds of thousands of liters). Assuming there are people swimming in the pool, any hot spots are likely to get dissipated pretty fast, so you'd have to swallow a lot of water to get a serious gluten hit. 2. By law (at least in Canada), the water inflow and outflow rates must be such that the volume of water that makes up the pool must be replaced every 24 hours in public pools. There are always some dust bunnies, bandaids and whatnot trapped in the corners at the bottom of the pool, but the main volume you're interacting with gets replaced regularly, so no build-up. Public pools are also vacuumed on a regular basis. For cleaning agents, typically on bleach and baking soda are used in my experience. Private pools are another story and there no guarantees. 3. Most public pools prohibit food on deck due to public health regulations and/or wanting to avoid cleaning up messes. This limits potential sources of gluten to personal care products on other people's skin. Considering the volume of a pool, I'm having trouble imagining this resulting in a significant exposure, but I have also swam in packed outdoor pools that taste like sunblock, so who knows. I would definitely worry if people were eating hot dogs or shotgunning beers in the pool though (definitely a thing at backyard pool parties). 4. Pool chlorine can be either tablet based, liquid based or gas based depending on the pool. Either way, it is bleach-based (sometimes literal bleach gets dumped in smaller volume bodies like hot tubs when the chlorine is off). The pool I worked at, which was newer used liquid injection, and I would imagine this is true of most newer facilities (gas is undesirable as it can leak and kill people because it is odourless - some older pools still have this set-up though). Tablets are more common in backyard pools, and it's possible that these might contain gluten in some form (I have no idea and have never checked).  For reference, the concentration of chlorine in a swimming pool should be between 0.5-5 ppm, depending on the pool temperature and your region (lower for colder pools, higher for hot tubs).  So, I guess my opinion would be that a public pool is most likely pretty safe from a gluten perspective. Chlorine (or rather, the volatile gases resulting from the reaction of chlorine with biological waste in the pool) is an irritant though - occupational asthma rates in lifeguards and swimmers is quite high. Some people are more sensitive to this than others. My dad cannot swim anymore because he becomes ill for a week with severe upper respiratory symptoms (open water swimming is ok). I get similar, but less severe symptoms (part of the reason I don't swim anymore, sadly). Not sure what symptoms you experienced, but something to consider. http://www.ncceh.ca/documents/practice-scenario/pool-chlorination-and-closure-guidelines
    • I look back at photos from a few years ago now and can see the inflammation in my face. I spent decades with my body fighting constantly without my really being aware. Freaked me out when I realised! Few things to think about: If up to 1% of pop are celiac, at much as 6% could be NCGS - further reading here: https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/117969-non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-a-resource/ NCGS can present in the same varied ways as celiac - Not just or even primarily gastro related. I get back pain, chest pain, skin problems, eyesight problems, anxiety, depression, balance issues, nerve tremors and twitches etc. etc Try to treat these next months as a special case. Dial your diet back and eat really basic and simple. I lived on omelettes filled with veggies, huge green salads with olive oil and cider vinegar as dressing and a very simple evening meal with maybe some meat and rice. I ate as little processed foods as I possibly could. So try and avoid sauces, anything in a box really.  Your aiming to help your body heal and to reduce the amount of ingredients going in to the basic safest foods. Eat clean and healthy and avoid any possible gluten source. Spend a bit of time learning about hidden sources of gluten too. This thread will help:  https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/91878-newbie-info-101/   Final point. You may like me eventually have to live life without gluten and without the comfort of a diagnosis that says precisely why. This is not always easy, but what you learn about your body in the next 3 months of this trial could help you to do this. Keep the diary, note your reactions and hopefully when you see the Rheum in 3 months you'll have conducted your own science experiment and have the data you need to make a good decision. Best of luck Matt  
  • Upcoming Events