What Are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Symptoms in Adults

In adults, common symptoms include:

  • Iron deficiency
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Tingling numbness in hands and feet
  • Seizures
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Itchy skin (called dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Mouth sores

Symptoms in Children and Teens

If you have an infant or young child with celiac disease, he is likely to have digestive problems. Common symptoms found in infants and children include:

  • Growth problems
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic diarrhea, which can be bloody
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Failure to thrive

Your child may also show signs of malnourishment. His stomach may bloat, while his thighs become thin and his buttocks flat.

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