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.
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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
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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@len4ita-- it sounds like you need to decide whether you need an official diagnosis or not. You are going to have to decide (based on your own set of circumstances) if you are up to a gluten challenge for 8 to 12 weeks in order to build up the antibodies needed for testing whether they are found in your skin or in blood work. There is no easy way. ☹️
You can choose to go gluten free for life and avoid all hidden sources and avoid cross contamination. I do not have DH, but if I did, I would be super strict in order to avoid that hellacious rash!
Glad to hear that your Hashi's settled down on the diet. Mine did too for a while. But my thyroid antibodies are up again. Not sure of the trigger (guessing tooth infection, flu and a cold). Too bad only celiacs can really control their trigger for a flare-up -- avoid gluten at all costs!
You are right! A diagnosis of DH (skin biopsy) means you have a diagnosis of celiac disease and an intestinal biopsy is not necessary. A person whose celiac disease presents in the skin must take the same precautions as a celiac and maintain a gluten free diet.