Each day this month, I will be posting something about Celiac Disease.
A common misconception is that those who have celiac disease are allergic to gluten. This is not true. Celiac disease causes an autoimmune response, not an allergic response. With that being said, many people refer to it as an allergy as that is a more commonly understood term. There is a common misconception that those who have celiac disease will just get a "tummy ache" if they ingest gluten. While they won't suffer an allergic reaction, most suffer from the repercussions of ingesting gluten for several days or weeks along with other long-term repercussions with repeated ingestion.