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Celiac disease treatment methods

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  • The first course of action for curing celiac disease isn’t medicine or surgery — it’s actually a strict and lifelong gluten-free diet
  • By removing sources of gluten from your diet, you may help reduce the inflammation in your small intestine. While you may start to feel better in a few days, it may take several years until your small intestine heals completely
  • Some physicians may recommend steroids to control intestinal inflammation, especially when there are severe symptoms. If you have been prescribed this type of medicine, consider its potential side effects first

The first course of action for curing celiac disease isn’t medicine or surgery — it’s actually a strict and lifelong gluten-free diet. Once you’re diagnosed with celiac disease, consult with a dietitian to know the right foods that you should eat. The first step is to eliminate major sources of gluten, typically found in whole grains such as:1,2,3

  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Durum
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Malt
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Spelt (a form of wheat)
  • Triticale
  • Wheat

Strict compliance to a gluten-free diet is a must

By removing sources of gluten from your diet, you may help reduce the inflammation in your small intestine. While you may start to feel better in a few days, it may take several years until your small intestine heals completely. For children, the usual healing time is around three to six months.4

Some patients don’t experience indicators of celiac disease, but this doesn’t make this illness less harmful. Even a small amount of gluten can harm your body, so it’s important to look out for gluten that is present in nonfood items, such as:5,6,7

  • Lipsticks
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Envelope and stamp glue
  • Play-dough

What to know before using medications for celiac disease

Some physicians may recommend steroids to control intestinal inflammation, especially when there are severe symptoms.8 If you have been prescribed this type of medicine, consider its potential side effects and discuss them with your doctor first:9

  • Glaucoma
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Memory and behavioral problems
  • Psychological effects such as confusion and delirium
  • Weight gain
  • Cataracts
  • High blood sugar
  • Higher risk for infections
  • Bone diseases
  • Suppressed adrenal gland hormone production
  • Thin skin

If you have developed dermatitis herpetiformis, a skin condition linked to celiac disease wherein itchy, blistering and burning skin rashes appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, back and buttocks,10 you may be given an antibacterial skin medication called dapsone to control the rashes.11 However, be aware that dapsone has side effects like:12

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Unusually fast heartbeat
  • Fast breathing
  • Onset of bluish lips or skin
  • Chest pain
  • Mental or mood changes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty urinating

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