Gluten intolerance is a condition that can be fixed and reversed, contrary to popular belief. However, most people either wait for a couple of years till they are diagnosed or never get diagnosed at all.
Some may go months or years facing random aches or rashes without realizing that they may actually be allergic to gluten.
Here are some symptoms of gluten intolerance that you need to know and watch out for.1
1. Keratosis Pilaris Or “Chicken Skin”
Keratosis pilaris happens when there is an excess buildup of keratin, a hard protein layer that is known to protect the skin from chemicals and infections. This then blocks hair follicles from coming out, causing a mass of hair in-growths, which results in patches of rough and bumpy skin usually on your arms, thighs, or back. It can be itchy, and is seen as a rash on your skin.
2. Persistent Headaches
Those who are gluten intolerant may have constant or persistent headaches, and it could even turn into migraines, which they may mistake as a result of stress, lack of sleep, or the weather. They will be unable to pinpoint an exact reason for it. in any case, you should see a doctor.
3. Autoimmune Diseases
A number of people who are gluten intolerant may have a higher risk of contracting chronic diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the immune system attacks the thyroid), rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammation of joints), ulcerative colitis (a serious inflammatory disease in the digestive system), or even psoriasis (excess skin cell production makes areas of the body become dry, scaly, and itchy).
4. Constant Digestive Problems
When you’re gluten intolerant, the signs of your digestive issues recur every day and become a normal routine for your tummy. Symptoms may include gas, bloating, diarrhea, or the most common – constipation and hemorrhoid-like symptoms.
Those who are gluten intolerant may feel dizzy or their head might spin, an almost vertigo-like sensation indicating that they might be off balance. To check if your dizziness is due to gluten intolerance, try and observe the pattern in which they come.
6. Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue might seem easy to fix, but if it is a daily condition, it could be as severe as HIV. After any meal, if you find yourself feeling tired, fatigued, or having symptoms similar to brain fog, you need to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Fibromyalgia is an overall musculoskeletal pain you experience along with issues related to memory, mood, sleep, and fatigue. People who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or even chronic fatigue, do not usually realize that it could be caused by gluten intolerance.
If you relate to four or more of these symptoms, it is be advisable to visit your doctor and check yourself for gluten intolerance immediately.
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