What are the treatment options for celiac disease?

There is currently no cure for patients with celiac disease. Available treatments, however, aim to relieve and manage symptoms caused by celiac disease. 
Gluten-free diet
For many patients, eliminating gluten from your diet will reduce inflammation, heal, and prevent more damage in the small intestine. Once the intestine heals, the villi regrow and will properly absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream. A doctor may recommend a dietitian who specializes in treating people with celiac disease to help come up with a specific nutritional plan for your condition. They will teach you how to:
  • Avoid gluten while following a healthy diet
  • Check food and product labels for gluten
  • Design everyday meal plans
  • Make healthy choices about the types of foods to eat
Vitamins and supplements
For severe nutritional deficiencies, a doctor or dietitian may suggest taking vitamin and mineral supplements, including:
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Zinc
  • If the small intestine is severely damaged, steroids to control intestinal inflammation may be recommended. Steroids can ease severe signs and symptoms of celiac disease while the intestine heals. 
  • Dapsone, a skin medication (along with the gluten-free diet) may be recommended for patients with celiac disease who also suffer from dermatitis herpetiform.
celiac treatment

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