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A strict lifelong gluten-free diet is the only way to control celiac disease.

Your doctor can refer you to a dietician, who can help you establish a healthy gluten-free diet.

Once you eliminate gluten from your diet, inflammation in the small intestine generally begins to subside – usually within a few weeks, although you may start to feel better in just a few days. Healing and regeneration of the villi can take several months to a few years. Healing in the small intestine tends to occur more quickly in children than in adults.

If you accidentally consume a gluten-containing product, you may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some people have no signs or symptoms after eating gluten, but that does not mean it is not harmful to them. Even traces of gluten in your diet can be harmful, whether or not they produce signs or symptoms.

If you want to find out what causes celiac disease, check out our article on this topic: Causes of celiac disease.

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