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    Hi. I'm recently diagnosed with Celiac gene and this is my first post.

    I've always noticed sensitivity to grains, wheat, corn, rice, etc. – it will often show up as a sinus inflammation immediately, clogged nostrils. It also happens when I put a facial cream on with those ingredients.

    Tonight we were at a good-quality Chinese restaurant (which actually has some GF dishes on the menu). I order 2 vegetable dishes just with oil and garlic. One was fine, but the other seemed to have a thicker sauce which I believe to have had corn starch (despite the fact that I had specifically asked them not to). The sauce got thicker upon standing.

    So I had my reactions, clogged sinuses, etc. for a short time, maybe 30-60 minutes.

    Does anyone know – now that my symptoms have gone, has my body cleared everything out or does it take some period of time to recover from eating this allergen? I had also heard that with exposure there may be long-term effects to the villi in the intestines, etc.

    Thanks for your help!

    Peter Osborne


    Your body is very resilient, and should recover provided you feed it properly.  However; in the future you might want to reconsider where and how often you dine out.  There is always the potential for cross contamination and server ingnorance. 

    All the best,

    Dr. OSmile


    that is true about restaurants.  One time I ordered a steak with no seasoning with a salad with no croutons and no dressing. It did't say on the menu that bread came with the dinner.  They brought out the steak with a great big piece of garlic bread laying on top.  I sent it back and apologized and explained again it was because of allergies, they were very good and brought me another. But, it is scary!

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