Symptoms of Celiac Disease - dummies

By Ian Blumer, Sheila Crowe

Part of Celiac Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Do you suspect that you or someone in your family has celiac disease and maybe you or they should give up gluten? Symptoms of undiagnosed or insufficiently treated celiac disease can vary greatly in their nature and number (including having no symptoms at all), but some symptoms are more common than others.

If you have one or more of the following symptoms — especially if persisting and/or severe — speak to your doctor about the possibility you that have celiac disease:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, especially

    • Diarrhea

    • Stools that are bulky, foul-smelling, and stick to the toilet bowl

    • Abdominal bloating, especially after meals

    • Indigestion, reflux, heartburn

  • Unexplained or unexpected weight loss

  • Small, intensely itchy, pinkish blisters on the elbows, knees, or buttocks (less often on the shoulders, scalp, face, and back). This may indicate a skin disease, very closely related to celiac disease, called dermatitis herpetiformis

  • In a child, failure to grow and develop normally