Keyword: glutened

Might gluten exposure prompt a visit to the emergency room?

If your reaction to exposure is quite violent, such that you’re risking dehydration, then a trip to the emergency room is warranted. Typically reactions to eating gluten are not severe enough to require such prompt intervention.

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Can I get glutened from the smell of baked bread?

Even if some infinitesimal amounts of gluten are inhaled it’s inconsequential for persons with celiac disease because the amount will never reach the minimal threshold of 10 mg per day needed to cause harm. In addition, inhaling is not ingesting. Gluten needs to reach the small intestine to be toxic for persons with celiac disease…. Read more »

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Will exposure to gluten during pregnancy cause any problems with the baby?

Stay gluten-free during pregnancy and rest assured nothing gluten-related will happen to the baby. Inadvertent, minimal exposures (if not repeated) are meaningless for the health of pregnancy. In women with undiagnosed celiac disease, however, gluten has been related to an increased risk of infertility and miscarriages.

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Do I need to have a follow-up test each time I get glutened?

Follow-up tests are intended to test whether there’s significant (and repeated) exposure to gluten. A mistake (or two) may cause symptoms, but they will only activate the disease for a short time, though it must be noted that each celiac responds differently. It’s the repeated exposure for the long-term that keeps the disease active enough… Read more »

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How do I know if my celiac disease has been reactivated?

Some celiacs respond first with inflammation (detectable by a biopsy or by measuring their serum tTG) and then with symptoms, while others (for unknown reasons) respond first with symptoms, then with signs of reactivation of the irritation in the small intestine.

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