Peyton P. Berookim, MD, FACG
The only effective treatment for celiac disease is eliminating gluten from your diet. This can be difficult since gluten is used as a food additive to improve the texture, flavor, and shelf-life of many common foods. You can consult with a nutritionist to learn about identifying and avoiding gluten in your daily life.
Acute inflammatory symptoms of celiac disease may be managed with steroids. The skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis) that sometimes afflicts celiac sufferers is treated with antibiotics. Malnutrition can be managed with oral or injected supplements until the intestines recover enough to absorb nutrients again. However, going gluten free is essential for good health and to avoid recurrence of symptoms.