Gluten intolerance often leads to psoriasis and eczema

Several recently published articles have confirmed a correlation between patients with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and those suffering from psoriasis and eczema, and a family history of gluten sensitivity.[1]. These studies finally bring to light something that people who choose a gluten-free lifestyle have known for years. Skin disorders can be caused by gluten sensitivity (GS), and living a strict gluten-free diet can relieve psoriasis and eczema symptoms. And gluten sensitivity is often found in several members of the same family.

Patients now have a new tool in conducting the medical profession, and doctors have reason to suspect that a patient may have GS when presenting with psoriasis or eczema, or when evaluating a patient’s family medical history.

Clinical Correlation

an article published British Journal of Dermatology[2] “The presence of CD-associated antibodies in psoriasis patients is associated with greater disease activity.” came to the conclusion. Antibodies associated with Celiac Disease include anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA). Gliadin is a wheat peptide that cannot be digested by those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It is this antibody that causes many symptoms of celiac disease and GS, including nutrient deficiencies and gastrointestinal distress. In my practice, I naturally look for correlations between symptoms. The body’s systems do not work independently of each other, but instead work as a whole. Food sensitivities and other allergies naturally cause a wide variety of reactions, including skin disorders. More doctors need to look at the patient as a whole when treating individual disorders to make correlations.

Psoriasis and Eczema as Symptoms

For many years, those in the medical profession did not view psoriasis or eczema as the primary manifestation of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. And often, patients who lived with gluten sensitivity for many years had enough other symptoms, particularly gastrointestinal symptoms, to allow physicians to view psoriasis and eczema as caused by celiac disease.

However, the significant relationship between psoriasis and gluten sensitivity has been highlighted in the following topics: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology has changed the game. In addition, an article published British Journal of Dermatology[3] In 2011, he found that 16 percent of all psoriasis patients had high levels of AGA. Physicians who treat both psoriasis and eczema patients, as well as those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, should be aware of skin disorders as a symptom of the body’s inability to digest gluten. Patients may present with intestinal symptoms. However, they may also have other extra-intestinal manifestations of gluten intolerance, including the presence of psoriatic lesions.

Once again, these studies prove that doctors should look at their patients holistically, rather than just looking at symptoms alone. We must treat the entire body – internally, externally and neurologically – to help patients recover from chronic pain.

Gluten Free Diet Treatment

For the treatment of these skin disorders, switching patients with psoriasis and eczema to a gluten-free diet should be considered as a viable treatment plan instead of or in combination with pharmacological approaches.

In another study, 33 patients who tested positive for AGA strictly adhered to a gluten-free diet for a period of time, did not use other pharmacological treatments on their lesions, and almost all reported significant improvement in their skin lesions. three to six months on a gluten-free diet.

Given the radical success of a gluten-free diet for this group of patients, physicians should consider prescribing a gluten-free diet for psoriasis and eczema patients as the primary treatment for skin disorders.

Family Genes

Finally, a published study World Journal of Gastroenterology It found that the single most important risk factor for celiac disease was having a first-degree relative, specifically a sibling, with already defined celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. For people with a first-degree relative with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, the risk factor was at least 20 percent.

For many people living with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, and for doctors who approach their patients holistically, these findings only confirm what they have known for years. There is a family history of gluten sensitivity, and choosing a gluten-free diet can significantly reduce the presence of psoriasis and eczema. The medical profession must consider these factors in addition to the more severe intestinal distress and nutrient deficiency symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity to help diagnose more people sooner. The sooner patients start a gluten-free diet, the better they will feel and the healthier they will be.

[1] http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/12/843.asp

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15491433

[3] British Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 142, No. 1, January 2000, p. 44-51(8)

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