The small intestine is damaged by celiac disease, a chronic digestive and immune disorder. Celiac disease is caused by consuming gluten-containing foods. The disease can cause digestive problems that last for a long time and stop your body from getting all the nutrients it needs. 

Signs & Symptoms 

The digestive system may be affected by celiac disease, as well as other parts of the body. Children are more likely to experience digestive issues than adults. A small percentage of people with celiac disease show no signs of the disease at all. 

 Diagnosis 

To determine if you have celiac disease, your doctor will look at your medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and order any necessary tests. Doctors use blood tests, biopsies of the small intestine, biopsies of the skin, and genetic tests to figure out if someone has celiac disease.  

Treatment 

Celiac disease can only be managed by eliminating gluten from your diet. The gluten-free diet will be explained to you by your doctor, and he or she may recommend a registered dietitian who specializes in treating celiac disease. With the guidance of a dietitian, a healthy, well-balanced diet can be achieved while avoiding gluten.  

How often should you visit the doctor? 

Diarrhea or digestive discomfort that persists for more than two weeks necessitates a trip to the doctor. As soon as you notice any of the following symptoms in your child such as pale skin, irritation or an inability to grow, you should see your child’s pediatrician. 

Before beginning a gluten-free diet, talk to your doctor. Before being tested for celiac disease, you can alter the results by cutting back on gluten consumption. 

Celiac disease is more common in close relatives. Ask your doctor if you should be tested if you have a history of the disease through a member of your family. Also, ask your doctor if you or someone in your family has a gene that makes you more likely to get celiac disease or diabetes. 

The Doral Health and Wellness Gastroenterology Center provides cutting-edge technology, friendly staff members, and a welcoming environment in order to help you with your digestive concerns (stomach problems). Located in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood of Brownsville, our brand-new facility offers a wide range of activities, therapeutic projects, and medical services to the local community. 

For more information, please contact us at (347) 868-1016. 

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