Malnutrition and malabsorption are the two factors that trigger the appearance of symptoms in a celiac patient. In this article, there is a detailed description of symptoms that arise as a result of malabsorption.
Malabsorption of nutrients can lead to several health problems in a patient suffering from celiac disease. This can worsen the health complexities since these patients would already be suffering from a lack of nutrition. There are no permanent symptoms associated with malabsorption in a patient with the disease. They vary in severity from mild to complex symptoms. The severity of the symptoms is influenced by the health conditions of an individual.
There is a need to monitor and analyze these symptoms adequately since there are other diseases that have similar symptoms. If not properly analyzed, the disease cannot be identified. Also, if not found out at the earlier stages, these symptoms can worsen and lead to damage of the intestine.
The malabsorption of nutrients attains a high level during the advanced stages of the disease where excessive damage to the small intestine takes place. The damages to villi, the hair-like covering of the intestine prevent the nutrients from being circulated adequately through the body. The onset of symptoms can take place in various ways.
Initially, the following symptoms can be seen:
- Incomprehensible fatigue
- Scaly and dry skin
- Change in texture of the hair and loss of hair
- Cracking of lips
- Increased dark portions below the eyes
- Arthritis related problems
- Mouth sores, absence of menses, or significant changes in the menstrual cycle
- A sudden decrease in weight
It is not necessary that a person will experience all the symptoms. In some cases, some of these symptoms would appear together. In some others, only a few of them would be seen. If you experience a decrease in the discomfort of the symptoms after adhering to a diet without gluten, you can suspect the presence of celiac disease.
The following are the symptoms that often follow the appearance of earlier symptoms: balloting, gas, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation. An important thing to be mentioned here is that these symptoms may not always indicate celiac disease. However, when they persist and become more chronic and do not subside even after taking normal medications, the presence of celiac disease can be suspected.
Isolation of the triggering factors should be done after carefully observing the symptoms. In other words, it is improper to arrive at a conclusion without considering the symptoms seriously. It is also found that the digestive symptoms are not shown by about fifteen to twenty percent of patients suffering from the disease. The dermatitis herpetiformis is generally seen when there is a blistering and harmful rash along the body of the person. There will be itchiness also.
In many patients diagnosis of this disease has been done effectively by observing the rash and without any particular tests or diagnosis of the small intestine by experienced doctors. In short, many of the symptoms of the disease are seen with other diseases also and there is a need to adequately monitor them to arrive at a proper conclusion.