Celiac patients and those with Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) (the “gluten rash”) have only one treatment option for their condition, but luckily it’s simple, effective, and non-medicinal.
According to the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA), this treatment is “a STRICT GLUTEN-FREE DIET FOR LIFE.” DH patients may also use the drug Dapsone to suppress their symptoms.
As the autoimmune reaction of celiac disease is triggered by ingestion of gluten, it’s important to completely eliminate this substance from the diet. This will heal the damage to the small intestine’s villi, the finger-like absorptive fingers that line the wall of this organ, which will allow patients to better absorb the nutrients in their food and will “reduce the risk of developing many of the complications of untreated celiac disease,” according to the CCA.
The CCA recommends that celiac patients work with a qualified nutritionist who is knowledgeable about celiac disease “for nutrition assessment, education and follow-up.” Also, regular visits with your doctor is recommended as well as participation in a celiac support group.
With an increase in celiac research, we may have other treatment options to look forward to in the future, such as probiotics or gluten-digesting enzymes, but for now going gluten-free is all we have.
Miranda Jade Turbin
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