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Gluten sensitivity symptoms

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and oats. When consumed, it alters the capacity of the lining of the small intestine to absorb nutrients. Sensitivity to gluten is called in medical terms, celiac disease, gluten enteropathy or celiac sprue.

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It also stimulates the production of antibodies that damage the inner lining of the small intestine. But, once consumption of gluten ceases, the normal functions of the intestine resume.

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The severity of the symptoms depends on how badly the intestine is affected. In adults, typical signs of gluten intolerance include diarrhoea, weight loss and malnutrition.

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The severity of the symptoms depends on how badly the intestine is affected. In adults, typical signs of gluten intolerance include diarrhoea, weight loss and malnutrition.

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Others develop dermatitis herpetiformis which is a painful and itchy skin rash. It is accompanied by small blisters.

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In children, gluten intolerance symptoms will not manifest until foods with gluten are given. An upset stomach (usually mild), bloating and foul-smelling stools are the usual signs.

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Nutritional deficiencies as a result of malabsorption can also result to abnormalities in chidlren. Anemia might occur resulting to fatigue and weakness.

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Nutritional deficiencies as a result of malabsorption can also result to abnormalities in chidlren. Anemia might occur resulting to fatigue and weakness.

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Fluid retention as well as swelling can occur. If vitamin B12 is not well absorbed, it can cause nerve damage. Lack of calcium can also cause painful bones and joints.

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It can also cause tooth discolouration and even tooth decay:

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To confirm gluten intolerance, specific antibodies are measured. Moreover, biopsy of the villi of the small intestine will be done.

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Adopting a gluten-free diet is the quickest cure to gluten sensitivity. In cases where there is no response to the change in diet, corticosteroids such as prednisone will be administered. Intravenous feeding is also another treatment method for people who are seriously ill.

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Patients who follow a gluten-free diet generally do well. However, for those who contract intestinal lymphoma or intestinal cancer, the consequences can be fatal.

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Patients who follow a gluten-free diet generally do well. However, for those who contract intestinal lymphoma or intestinal cancer, the consequences can be fatal.

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