what are the “aesthetic” symptoms of gluten intolerance- Corriere.it

from The health department

Initiative from the Liguria region, the Gaslini Institute in Genoa, the DINOGMI Pediatric Clinic and the regional school office. 120 thousand students answered the questionnaires from the Information Campaign: the doubts and the answers from pediatricians

In the final stages, the institutional information campaign “Knowledge and recognition of celiac disease in schools” is under way throughout Ligurian territory and visible on the website of IRCSS G. Gaslini in Genoa. The goal is to inform, train and raise awareness about schools and families lesser known aspects of celiac diseaseintolerance largely submerged (due to the heterogeneous symptoms that are difficult to recognize) and diagnosed late, which can sometimes have serious consequences for the correct children’s growth.

The “aesthetic” symptoms of celiac disease

Among the initiatives are from October 2021investigation cognitive schooling on celiac disease completed with questionnaires on 120 thousand students which goes to the over 800 primary, secondary and secondary schools (primary and secondary) in Liguria. A valuable source of data that has reserved unexpected “discoveries”: Among the symptoms, external manifestations have actually been reported on the face and on the body, visible to all but a little known. Stains on teeth or nails, lesions and blisters on the skin at elbows and knees, small spots of alopecia or vitiligo: they can all be “aesthetic” symptoms of celiac disease. The difficulty in identifying the visible symptoms of celiac disease is among the many causes of the current diagnosis delay. Among the students, the study showed that few (29% of students) know that celiac disease can occur from childhood. Of course, almost all students (84%) associate celiac disease with abdominal pain, the majority (58%) for the symptom of vomiting, more than two out of three (69%) also for weight loss or short stature.

The other results of the study

Students seem to know only some of the most important foods that contain gluten: if more than two-thirds (69%) of them are known to be present in pasta, less than one in three (30%) know that it is also found in bread. It is unclear among the boys how the diagnosis is made: only 30% are aware that it is the result of a specialist course, more than one in four (26%) believe that it is related to the frequency of symptoms. They are all aware of going to the pediatrician on suspicion of celiac disease, that gluten-free diet is the only cure (86%) and that do-it-yourself should be avoided (94%). 73% of students know people with celiac disease and 84% of them talk freely about it with interested parties. Thus, 69% of study participants do not consider them more fragile than the other students, and 94% claim that celiacs are rarely ridiculed by their peers. The children know the most important hygiene measures in food: 72% of the interviewees know that hand washing before eating and avoiding the use of glasses / cutlery in a promiscuous way helps to reduce the risk of infectious diseases. However, they are less informed about the relationship between food and health, especially about the role of nutrition in the protection of health.
These results refer to first hundred and fifty students who completed the questionnaire between October and December 2021.

Direct contact to pediatricians

The final initiative of the campaign will be held Monday, May 23rd for the benefit of parents and teachers: the pediatricians at the children’s hospital Genoese will answer their questions live from 3pm to 4pm. To participate write to the address pediatria3@gaslini.org specification in the topic Information Campaign. The event is promoted on the initiative of the Liguria Region, G. Gaslini Institute of Genoa, DINOGMI Pediatric Clinic and Liguria MIUR Regional School Office, Ministry of Education, University and Research.

6 May 2022 (change 6 May 2022 | 17:55)

Leave a Comment