Managing Gluten Intolerance
Gluten intolerance is a condition in which the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, results in an immune reaction that causes damage to the small intestine (this condition is called celiac sprue) or the skin (this condition is called dermatitis herpetiformis).
Celiac sprue results in a malabsorption of many other nutrients. Some common symptoms include gas, bloating, diarrhea, and weight loss or nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption.
Dermatitis herpetiformis is a chronic disease of the skin marked by groups of watery, itchy blisters that may resemble pimples or blisters. If you suspect that you might have either condition, it is important that you first consult with your doctor for a diagnosis.
Some individuals experience milder forms of wheat or gluten intolerance that result in milder gastrointestinal symptoms and can be cleared up by following a gluten–free diet.
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