I have a lot of sinus problems and decided to see an allergist. Since I see the doctor all the time about the Celiac disease, I only go to other doctors when I finally admit I am not going to get better on my own. At the allergist, I discovered I am allergic to dust. Can you believe it? Dust!
I thought maybe it would force me to be a better housekeeper, but that certainly hasn’t happened yet. I explained my problem to the doctor, and he wrote me a prescription for allergy medicine. I thought the problem was solved at that point. I am always careful to take medicine exactly according to the directions. Prescription medicine is serious business. I felt better after a few days, but the strangest thing began to happen. I started getting sick again, but not with sinus problems. I started getting mouth ulcers and bloating and some diarrhea. These are very familiar symptoms for me, because they are the delayed symptoms of my gluten intolerance. I was completely mystified! I take very good care of myself and am so careful to eat only allowed foods. I just didn’t understand why I was having an “attack” as I call it.
Well, I decided to stop and think about anything I was doing that was different from my normal routine. The only thing I could come up with was the sinus medicine I was taking. I had not gone out to eat recently and I cook all my own food using my gluten free ingredients. It had to be the medicine!
You will discover that you have to become a detective sometimes if you have gluten intolerance. It seems sometimes as if gluten is in everything, but it appears under so many names. I had saved the prescription insert that gives the long list of ingredients. It took a while, but I found the culprit. The medicine I was taking had starch for a binding agent. I was taking 2 pills a day and getting a dose of gluten with each one. Granted, it was a small dose but over time it was creating a reaction. I should have known better I guess, but the doctor knew I had Celiac disease because I told him. It just goes to show that you have to take care of yourself and always be on alert. Even doctors make mistakes.
While I’m on the subject, you need to be leery of vitamins and a lot of other over-the-counter hygiene products. You are going to have to do your homework before you go to the drugstore. Otherwise, you might as well plan on spending the next 3 months reading the ingredient lists looking for gluten. I suggest you do what I did. Figure out which products are gluten free and then always stick with those items. I only buy one kind of toothpaste and one kind of vitamin and one kind of nasal spray for my allergies. It is so tempting sometimes to buy some of the other brands. New products seem to come out everyday with great new features. But it’s not worth the risk of getting sick. As long as I stick with the items I know are gluten free, I feel safe.
The lesson I learned is that I can’t ever let my guard down and must always question anything I put in my mouth. I really don’t like having a gluten reaction because it takes a while to completely recover. So be on alert! If you don’t know for a fact that something is gluten free then don’t take it.