Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergic to Gluten Treatment

There is no known cure for celiac sprue. The primary treatment for celiac sprue is to change the diet, in order to avoid all foods that contain gluten. When the gluten is removed from the diet, the intestine starts to heal. Symptoms may improve within a few days to a couple of weeks. Complete healing may require 1 month to 2 years. Additional treatment for celiac sprue may include corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation of the intestine, and vitamin supplements.

Treatment for celiac sprue may include:

Allergic to Gluten Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of celiac sprue.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
    • Do I need to gain weight?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Allergic to Gluten Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat celiac sprue:

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Last Updated: May 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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