Celiac disease, sometimes called coeliac or sprue, is an immune disease that affects the small intestine. It is caused by a gluten intolerance. The small intestine becomes damaged due to a sensitivity against anything that contains gluten. Gluten is a component of cereals (wheat, barley, rye).
Celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten is a chronic disease of the small intestine. It affects each person differently. Symptoms can occur in the digestive system or in other areas of the body. A person affected by a sensitivity to gluten will have a reaction in his small intestine which is triggered by his immune system, whenever he eats gluten. This reaction, over time, damages the lining in his small intestine, which prevents the absorption of certain nutrients. This malabsorption can lead to serious complications and can affect development and growth in children.
Women are more likely to be affected by this disease. The cause of celiac disease lies in an intolerance to gluten, which is found in types of grain (especially wheat, barley, and rye). Children who have the disease can suffer from growth disorders, weight loss, and diarrhea. Adolescents and adults show symptoms like a persistent fatigue, weakness, and diarrhea after consuming gluten products. Celiac disease is rarely associated with blisters caused by dermatitis herpetiformis.
The only treatment for celiac disease is a diet that removes the grains mentioned above. Such a diet allows the small intestine to repair itself. Left untreated, celiac disease can allow deficiencies to develop, such as anemia (see the article on anemia) or osteoporosis (see the article on osteoporosis). Untreated there is also a higher risk for developing intestinal cancer.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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