Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Celiac Disease Treatment
It is important that we have an accurate diagnosis before we start treatment for celiac disease. Other gastrointestinal conditions have symptoms that mimic symptoms of celiac disease. Our doctors work carefully to obtain a precise diagnosis, so we can tailor your treatment plan effectively. We will discuss all of your treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Celiac Disease Treatment in Burlington, VT
The main treatment for celiac disease is changing your diet. By avoiding gluten, you will reduce or eliminate the pain and avoid damage to your intestines.
- Dietary changes
- Vitamin supplements
Dietary Changes for Celiac Disease
The most effective treatment is to follow a gluten-free diet, avoiding foods containing wheat, rye and barley. While this may seem daunting, people with celiac disease can eat a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. Many grocery stores now have a gluten-free section.
We may refer you to a dietitian, who can help you plan a healthy, balanced diet. Once you stop eating gluten, the inflammation in your small intestine will begin to subside. While complete healing may take months or even years, you will probably start to feel better after only a few days on your new diet.
It is important to avoid gluten completely. If you accidentally eat a product with gluten, you may experience abdominal pain. Even if you do not experience pain, the gluten can still damage your small intestine.
Vitamin Supplements for Celiac Disease
If you are malnourished, we may recommend a vitamin and mineral supplement. However, some vitamins can cause side effects and lead to other problems. Do not start a vitamin regimen without talking to your doctor first.
Vitamins may be necessary to increase your levels of:
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
Medication for Celiac Disease
In some cases, the inflammation may be severe. We may prescribe a steroid medication to control the inflammation. Usually, you only need to take the medication in the short term, to provide relief until you begin to feel the effects of your new diet.
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