Gluten Allergy or Gluten Intolerance

Difference Between Gluten Allergy and Gluten Intolerance

Many people confuse having an intolerance to gluten with a gluten allergy which is a medical condition known as Celiac disease. This may be due to the difficulty in diagnosing the disease.

Skin Health Hub Food Allergies Gluten Allergy or Gluten IntoleranceMany people with celiac disease don’t have any symptoms that can be pinpointed but they often report having body pain, stomach issues, and other problems, often misdiagnosed as autoimmune problems.

Diagnosing celiac disease requires a biopsy of the small intestines and / or a blood test. Celiac disease can actually be very dangerous with the risk of intestinal cancers developing in some individuals if not treated properly.

If you are at all concerned and not sure whether your symptoms such as those listed below means you may have gluten allergy or gluten intolerance, talk to your doctor.

  • Brain Fog
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Depression
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Severe Stomach Pain
  • Skin Rashes
  • Weight Loss

Your doctor may first recommend doing a gluten elimination diet. Keep in mind that you may be required to stop eating gluten altogether for an extended period of time before you find relief from your symptoms.

Gluten hides in a lot of things and even the smallest amount can affect people with true celiac disease. It is a serious condition that is probably much undiagnosed due to the expense and time it can take to get a proper diagnosis. With approximately 5 percent of the population with celiac disease and even more who are sensitive to gluten it is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis of a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance so that your symptoms can be managed and you can start benefiting from a gluten free diet.

Want to learn more about gluten free living and the gluten –free food substitutes read our article on Gluten Free Foods List.

 

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