What are the common symptoms of celiac disease?

The most common signs for adults are diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss. Adults may also experience:
  • Anemia, iron deficiency in the blood’s hemoglobin
  • Loss of bone density (osteoporosis) or softening of bone (osteomalacia)
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis - Itchy, blistery skin rash 
  • Teeth changing color or damage to dental enamel
  • Aphthous ulcers (sores in the mouth) or dry mouth
  • Numbness and tingling in the feet and hands, possible problems with balance, and cognitive impairment
  • Hyposplenism - reduced functioning of the spleen
  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Nausea, constipation, and vomiting
  • Red, smooth, shiny tongue
  • Musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain) 
  • Infertility or repeated miscarriage
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, and gas
  • Ulcers, or sores on the stomach or lining of the intestine 
Children with celiac disease are unable to absorb nutrients that are important for normal growth and development. This can lead to many complications. Common symptoms in children can include:
  • Chronic diarrhea with pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stools that float
  • Swollen belly or stomach pain
  • Failure to thrive in infants
  • Poor appetite and weight loss
  • Muscle wasting
  • Nausea, vomiting, gas, and constipation
  • Slowed growth and short stature
  • Delayed puberty
  • Bloating, or a feeling of fullness or swelling in the abdomen 
  • Damage to the permanent teeth’s enamel
  • Mood changes or feeling annoyed or impatient
celiac disease symptoms

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