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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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Hello, and thank you for the information provided to me so far.

My daughter's blood test results have prompted the GI to do the biopsy/scope next week. While we're waiting, my husband and I have been discussing how things will change if it comes back positive for celiac. I'd like to know if someone who has celiac must go completely gluten-free to get better, or can reducing the amount of gluten in one's diet help?

Also, if one is "gluten sensitive" rather than celiac, would reducing the amount of gluten in one's diet perhaps work?

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Gluten has to be avoided completely if one is Celiac or gluten intolerant.

Even the dust of flour on a counter can make you ill if you are Celiac or gluten intolerant.

Cross contamination is a big issue that must be avoided.

Accidentally ingesting gluten can make us very very ill.

You will find that you or your child may become hypersensitive to even trace amounts of gluten once you have been gluten free for a time.

Although there are some people who have no symptoms when they ingest gluten, that seems to be the exception rather than the norm. Avoiding cross contamination is no small task. Yet it absolutely must be done if your child is Celiac or gluten intolerant.

No taking buns off burgers and eating the meat.

No eating toppings off pizza and leaving the crust.

No occasional cookie....

These things would be causing gluten ingestion which will cause damage to Celiacs, or symptoms for the gluten intolerant.

It is hard to think about avoiding it entirely, but it is absolutely necessary for the health of your child if he/she is Celiac or gluten intolerant.

The kitchen would need to be cleaned of gluten, Teflon pots and pans that are scratched need to be replaced.

Medications and vitamins need to be checked.

The more meticulous you are the better the health of the gluten intolerant person.

Having said that, there are degrees of sensitivity to gluten.

But the science and general consensus shows that even trace amounts need to be avoided.

Best of luck

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I am allergic to wheat and gluten sensative, I avoid gluten completely. It has only been a month for me, but it is getting easier every day. If she has celiac or gluten intolerance you have to avoid it completely. It will be hard at first but once she realizes how good she starts feeling it will be worth it. I have 5 small kids and in my home we are all eating gluten free except our bread and a few snacks(because it is so expensive). They have not even noticed-they actually like everything better then I do. I make everything homemade now and it is getting very easy...I proudly made chicken strips from scratch that were amazing and I make awesome choc chip cookies!!! Good Luck--and you can do this!!!

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Thank you. I assumed that once one goes gluten-free they would become more and more sensitive to it and it will need to be eliminated completely.

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Thank you. I assumed that once one goes gluten-free they would become more and more sensitive to it and it will need to be eliminated completely.

Yes that does happen but that is the bodies way of protecting us. Celiac or gluten intolerant the body is forming antibodies that can attack any organ including the brain. Even if the biopsy is negative with positive blood tests she need to be strictly gluten free. You should also have all first degree relatives tested whether they seem to have symptoms or not. Some folks have organs other than the GI system effected first, like joints, gallbladder, liver etc. It might be helpful to make your home gluten free or at least restrict gluten items. Whole unprocessed naturally gluten free foods will help her heal the quickest.

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