How would I know if I'm allergic to gluten?
Asked by on Feb 08, 2008
in Health Conditions
How would I know if I am allergic to gluten? I think I have some weird allergy to a food group. I have random bumpy, red rashes on my body and tongue and I have digestive problems.
A doctor diagnoses gluten intolerance, also called Celiac Disease, by taking blood tests for certain antibodies. If the blood tests are positive, the doctor performs a biopsy of the small intestine to check for damage. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the treatment is a gluten-free diet. In gluten intolerance, ingesting these foods causes an immune reaction, which damages the small intestine. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley. A trial of a gluten-free diet can confirm the diagnosis. Try not to start the diet before the medical evaluation because you might change the test results and complicate the diagnosis.
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