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What is the treatment for celiac disease?

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If you have celiac disease, completely cut out foods with gluten. That can include things with wheat, barley, rye, spelt, malt, or triticale. You should also avoid drinking beer or ale. Grains like rice, oats, and corn or starches like potatoes should be fine, but you may need to avoid cow's milk or dairy foods if they bother you. Watch for gluten in unexpected places, like vitamins or salad dressing.  

If celiac disease has caused severe damage to your intestines, you may need steroids to calm the inflammation. You also might take calcium, vitamin D, or other vitamin supplements if you can't get enough nutrients from your food.

From: Is It Celiac or IBS? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

Sainsbury A. . Published online Dec. 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cash B. . Published online July 2011. Gastroenterology

Mayo Clinic: "Celiac disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "About IBS."

SutterHealth.org.

Celiac Disease Foundation.

Rubio-Tapia A. . Published online July 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biesiekierski J. . Published online January 2011. American Journal of Gastroenterology

National Institutes of Health: "What is celiac disease?"

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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