Making the appropriate dietary changes is the most important way to treat celiac disease. Knowing what to eat — and what to avoid — will make all the difference.
Everything that goes in your mouth or touches your tongue needs to be screened for gluten. Read labels on vitamin supplements, toothpaste, mouthwash, cough medicine, and all over-the-counter medications. Talk with your pharmacist so that your prescription medications can be chosen with your special needs in mind (and look up gluten-free medicines at www.celiaccentral.org or www.celiac.com). Also, don't lick postage stamps or envelopes — the glue can contain gluten.