Celiac Disease


What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is a long-term condition that affects your small intestine. Your immune system reacts to the protein gluten in food and damages your small intestine. You may not be able to absorb vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the foods you eat.

What increases my risk of celiac disease? The cause of celiac disease is not known. You are at higher risk if you have another autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or a family member with celiac disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of celiac disease? The most common symptom of celiac disease is diarrhea that may smell bad or look oily. You may also have the following:

How is celiac disease diagnosed?

How is celiac disease treated? Since there is no cure for celiac disease, the goal of treatment is to reduce the symptoms. It may take up to 6 months or longer for your intestines to function better. You may need medicine such as steroids to suppress your immune system and decrease inflammation.

How do I manage celiac disease?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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