Celiac Disease Treatment
Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life is the
only treatment currently available. This involves the
elimination of wheat, rye, barley and derivatives of
these grains from your diet. Medication is not normally
required, unless there is an accompanying condition,
e.g. osteoporosis, dermatitis herpetiformis, etc.
Thriving, showing improvement and return of health on
the gluten-free diet is the second half of the ‘gold
standard’ of being diagnosed with CD.
Questions to Ask your Doctor:
Should I take nutritional supplements?
Could I have associated food intolerances?
Where can I have a bone density study?
What other concerns should I have?
How can I find out about the diet?
Dermatitis Herpetiformis Treatment
Just as with celiac disease, strictly following a
gluten-free diet for life is the only complete
treatment. It may take two or more years on a
gluten-free diet for the IgA deposits under the skin to
clear. Your doctors may prescribe medications for
immediate relief from the itching and burning
eruptions. The most common medication used is Dapsone.
This medication has serious side effects and requires
regular monitoring by your physician. When taken to
relieve the symptoms of DH, Dapsone should be taken in
the smallest effective doses for as short a time as
possible. Medications for DH should not be used during
pregnancy. If you use medications to relieve the
itching caused from DH, but do not follow a gluten-free
diet, you run the risk of also developing the intestinal
problem – celiac disease and other complications.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor:
Should I take medication for this disease?
How long will I need to take this medicine and how will
I know when to stop taking it?
What are the side effects of the medicine?
How often do I need to get my blood drawn to monitor
this medicine’s effect on my body?
What else can trigger DH?