Celiac Disease Symptoms

Common Celiac Disease Symptoms: Causes Of Wheat Intolerance Common Allergies & Symptoms Of Wheat.

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What Is Celiac Disease Definition?

Celiac (celiac sprue) is an immune reaction and hypersensitivity in the small intestine after eating gluten rich foods such as wheat, rye, and barley. When these foods are eaten your body will pump out chemicals because it sees these foods as "invaders" and will do anything to get rid of it. 

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Celiac Disease Cause

Gluten is the main culprit. This sent me to the hospital in 2005 with excrutiating stomach pains and was one of the starting points on my education about allergies. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, grains, barley, and rye. When a person with Celiacs disease eats these foods or is exposed to gluten, the gluten changes into a chemical that causes an immune response leading to a sore stomach and irritation of the lining of the small intestine.

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Celiacs disease symptoms can be up to but not limited to:

  • Abdominal bloating and/or pain
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive problems 
  • Gas
  • Hives
  • Inability to absorb nutrients
  • Iron deficiency
  • Itching
  • Itchy red eyes
  • Itchy Throat
  • Joint and bone pain
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Mouth ulcers 
  • Muscle cramps
  • Musculoskeletal problems 
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin rash
  • Swollen lips and tongue
  • Tingling sensation in the legs 
  • Weight loss 
  • Wheezing

In severe cases the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. 

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Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Facial flush

Kids with food allergies seem to be more prone to exhibit wheat allergy symptoms. It's important for parents to check food labels and monitor what their children eat. Sometimes the manufacturers change the labels so take nothing for granted.

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There are many foods that are exempt or aren't covered by the FDA allergen labeling laws. It's also written in the law that "many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen" because some of the names food manufacturers use may be unfamiliar to consumers. The word "Wheat" must be on the label if the food product is regulated by the FDA.

If you're on a diet for Celiac disease, you'll want to look over this list. 

Some Foods That Contain Wheat & Gluten to Varying Degrees

  • Bagels
  • Barley
  • Bread
  • Bulgur
  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Durum
  • Farina
  • Faro
  • French Toast
  • Graham (crackers and flour)
  • Matzo
  • Pancakes
  • Pasta (there are good alternatives such as rice)
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Spelt (an older form of today's wheat)
  • Wheat (starch, germ, bran)

Foods To Consider Eating Are: 

  • Almond Flour
  • Arrowroot Flour
  • Bean Flour from chickpeas 
  • Beans
  • Beef
  • Brown Rice (also flour)
  • Buckwheat
  • Chicken
  • Coconut Flour
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Garbanzo Flour
  • Millet
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Potato Flour & Starch
  • Potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Seeds
  • Sorghum 
  • Tapioca Flour & Starch

If you or your loved has exhibited Celiac disease symptoms, symptoms of wheat allergy, or symptoms of gluten intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor or allergist can perform a series on tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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