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What is coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis?

What is coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis?

Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten. The symptoms include:

  • bloating
  • diarrhoea
  • wind
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • mouth ulcers
  • headache
  • sudden weight loss
  • hair loss
  • anaemia
  • osteoporosis.

Once diagnosed, it is treated by following a gluten-free diet. Dermatitis herpetiformis is the skin manifestation of coeliac disease.

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