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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 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.

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I'm new to this forum and so happy to have found it! I recently discovered that my son and I are gluten intolerant. My son was properly diagnosed with a couple of blood tests but the doctor wanted total confirmation, by putting him back on a diet with gluten for 6 months and then conducting an intestinal biopsy.

My husband and I opted to forego the 6 months of torture to our little guy and just went ahead and began a gluten free diet for him. At the same time to support his new dietary restrictions, I too went gluten free and found that after years of suffering various skin rashes and phantom inflamation flares from swollen knees, wrists and feet, to year long bouts with Iritis, that I too felt much better.

We have been living gluten free for a year of so now and my son and I are finally feeling healthy.

Recently, I did a paper mach

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You likely inhaled flour particles from the air. Flour stays airborne for quite some time and even the tiniest amount is enough to flare the antibody reaction.

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I react to topical gluten! I was at the salon last summer and had a cut and style. On the way home I started itching and burning, and discovered an angry red rash, but only on my left arm and left calf. It made no sense... until I realized that my left arm and left calf were exposed when my stylist was spraying hairspray on me. I liked the hairspray so much that I had bought a can of it when I paid. I whipped that can out and read the ingredients and whaddya know? Wheat starch was like the fourth ingredient! So yeah, it's totally possible. (And the salon let me return the hairspray for a full refund. :P )

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. . . and on another note . . . in case anyone looks at this thread wondering what to do for paper mache projects . . .

Here is a link to a recipe that uses corn starch, water, and glue (elmer's):

http://home.earthlink.net/~tekvov/id2.html

We did a paper mache school project, and all we used was one part water to one part elmer's and it worked fine . . . so well, that we can't seem to throw it out as my son is quite attached to it.

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