Safe and Effective 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
  • Some celiac disease patients may develop dermatitis herpetiformis, a skin condition wherein itchy, blistering and burning skin rashes appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, back and buttocks

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 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

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 these gluten sources from your diet, you can potentially reduce the inflammation in your small intestine. Although you start to feel better in a few days, healing time may take several weeks. Complete healing and regrowth of the villi, or small intestinal lining, lasts for several months or years.2

Gluten-containing products could lead to abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some patients fortunately 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.

Gluten is also present in some non-food items and certain celiac disease supplements, so if you are constantly using or exposing yourself to these, exercise caution:3

Modified food starch, preservatives and food stabilizers

Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications

Herbal and nutritional supplements

Lipsticks

Toothpaste and mouthwash

Envelope and stamp glue

Play-Doh


Watch Out for These Medications for Celiac Disease

Conventional physicians might recommend steroids to control intestinal inflammation, especially when there is severe damage.4 Although no steroids have been specified for celiac disease treatment, if these are prescribed to you, it’s best to opt out because these medications have been linked to various side effects, such as:5

Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)

Weight gain

Higher risk for infections

Increased blood pressure and blood sugar levels

Muscle weakness

Mood and behavioral changes

Skin complications like slow recovery after injuries, thinning skin, easy bruising and stretch marks

Higher risk for developing cataracts and duodenal and stomach ulcers

Meanwhile, some celiac disease patients may develop dermatitis herpetiformis, a skin condition wherein itchy, blistering and burning skin rashes appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, back and buttocks.6 To treat the rashes, an antibacterial skin medication called dapsone may be recommended.7 However, be aware that dapsone has side effects like:8

Nausea

Vomiting

Appetite loss

Dizziness

Blurred vision

Ringing in the ears

Headaches

Insomnia

Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

Unusually fast heartbeat or breathing

Onset of bluish lips or skin

Chest pain

Mental or mood changes

Muscle weakness

Difficulty urinating


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