A possible connection between Celiac Disease and Inguinal Hernias, plus Advanced Scabies!

“Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.  Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.” – Celiac Disease Foundation.

“An inguinal hernia happens when contents of the abdomen—usually fat or part of the small intestine—bulge through a weak area in the lower abdominal wall. The abdomen is the area between the chest and the hips. The area of the lower abdominal wall is also called the inguinal or groin region.” – National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

“The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet—that is, to avoid all foods that contain gluten. For most people, following this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvements begin within weeks of starting the diet and the small intestine is usually completely healed—meaning the villi are intact and working—in 6 to 18 months. (It may take up to 2 years for older adults.)” – University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center.

“When part of an organ protrudes through an abnormal opening or in an abnormal way, this is called a hernia. A groin (inguinal) hernia occurs when part of the intestine bulges through a weak spot in the abdominal wall at the inguinal canal. The inguinal canal is a passageway through the abdominal wall near the groin. Inguinal hernias are up to 10 times more common in men than in women. About one in four men develop a hernia at some point in life. A direct inguinal hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal muscles along the wall of the inguinal canal. These are common in adults, but rarely occur in children. An inguinal hernia will not heal on its own. It is likely to become larger and cause increased discomfort until it is repaired. Hernias that are not repaired can cause bowel obstruction or strangulation, which is when part of the intestine dies because its blood supply is cut off. Not all hernias need to be treated. However, most hernias that cause symptoms or that become even a little larger should be repaired by a surgeon. While awaiting surgery, some people wear a device called a truss, which puts pressure on the hernia and may help relieve discomfort temporarily. Except in very rare cases, the truss should not be considered a long term solution. Most inguinal hernias are repaired by open surgery with the patient under general or local anesthesia. After the surgeon makes an incision in the groin, he or she pushes the herniated tissue back into place and repairs the hernia opening with stitches. In many cases, a small piece of synthetic mesh material is used to reinforce the area to prevent another hernia.” – Drugs.com.

There is a possible connection between genetic Celiac Disease and Inguinal Hernias (in right side of groin) especially in men over age 60. I have found via Google Search forums in which men have reported onset of Inguinal Hernias at same time as onset of Celiac Disease symptoms. I believe enough men are reporting this for it to not be a coincidence. This does not mean all Inguinal Hernias are associated with or caused by Celiac Disease – caused by gluten damaging the small intestine – and perhaps other internal tissues – as well as damage to skin as a painful burning stinging rash.

Women over age 60 can also get an Inguinal Hernia, but are more likely to suffer from Osteoporosis. It is genetic. My sister developed common known symptoms of Celiac Disease, then also Osteoporosis, soon after turning age 60. Osteoporosis is “a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.”

I developed some of the symptoms of Celiac Disease – especially the severe painful burning stinging rash on back, chest, stomach, arms, and lower legs – January 2017, then the Inguinal Hernia in February 2017. March 5, 2017, is my 61st birthday.

Before those symptoms, in October 2016, I was infected with Advanced Scabies (aka Crusted Scabies aka Norweigen Scabies), which caused a severe painful burning stinging rash on my back and arms.

“Scabies, previously known as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infestation by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The most common symptoms are severe itchiness and a pimple-like rash. Occasionally tiny burrows may be seen in the skin. When first infected, usually two to six weeks are required before symptoms occur. If a person develops a second infection later in life, symptoms may begin within a day. These symptoms can be present across most of the body or just certain areas such as the wrists, between fingers, or along the waistline. The head may be affected, but this is typically only in young children. The itch is often worse at night. Scratching may cause skin breakdown and an additional bacterial infection of the skin. Scabies is caused by infection with the female mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The mites burrow into the skin to live and deposit eggs. The symptoms of scabies are due to an allergic reaction to the mites. Often only between ten and fifteen mites are involved in an infection. Scabies is most often spread during a relatively long period of direct skin contact with an infected person such as that which may occur during sex. Spread of disease may occur even if the person has not developed symptoms yet. Crowded living conditions such as those found in child care facilities, group homes, and prisons increase the risk of spread. Areas with a lack of access to water also have higher rates of disease. Crusted scabies is a more severe form of the disease. It typically only occurs in those with a poor immune system and people may have millions of mites, making them much more contagious. In these cases spread of infection may occur during brief contact or via contaminated objects. The mite is very small and usually not directly visible. Diagnosis is based on the signs and symptoms.” – Wikipedia.

I did not catch Advanced Scabies directly from an infected person – I’ve had no such sexual or physical contact in recent history, not even a friendly handshake in greeting. Therefore, I must have been infected by having contact with an object that an infected person previously had contact with. I killed the mites 3 times, having been infected 3 times.

The one common activity each of those 3 times had in common was a trip to a nearby grocery store. I suspect the mites got on grocery carts handled by a store employee as original source spreading the mites to customers, rather than a customer bringing them into the store and using the shopping carts to then infect others. The mites can live on such surfaces as grocery cart handles for up to 3 days (away from human blood) if not cleaned.

The first attack was in October 2016, second in December 2016, and third in February 2017. About 1 to 2 weeks between attacks. Each attack included severe painful burning stinging rash on my back and arms.

Although also very painful with burning and stinging, a different kind of rash then began to develop on my chest, stomach, and lower legs in January 2017, then much worse in February 2017, which I now know was caused by Celiac Disease. When I stopped eating foods containing wheat, gluten, the rash began to vanish.

Prescription Permethrin Cream is used to treat normal Scabies. It can’t penetrate the “crusted ridges” created by Advanced Scabies. There has been no consensus for a common treatment or cure for Advanced Scabies.

I happened to notice the active ingredient of Hot Shot bug spray for fleas, lice, and ticks is Permethrin. In that form it can be used to treat dogs. It can kill cats. It can irritate skin of humans. I discovered in that form it can penetrate the crusted ridges of Advanced Scabies. Makes sense – use bug spray to kill bugs – on any surface. I discovered the mites are most active – exposed on skin surface – about 6am and 6pm. So I applied the spray at those times each day, leaving it on my skin for no more than an hour. The spray usually killed all exposed mites on contact, and some within the crusted ridges and below skin surface. Then I’d shower off the spray and dead mites.

Some patients are misdiagnosed – having Advanced Scabies rash instead of Celiac Disease rash. Likewise, some having Celiac Disease are misdiagnosed as having Advanced Scabies. Rare cases like me have had both at about the same time! Not likely a coincidence. It is known insects can carry disease. It is logical to conclude it is possible for the mites having fed on the blood of a person with Celiac Disease could then pass it on to another person. However, Celiac Disease is genetic – not known to be contagious – caused by consumption of gluten. Even so, perhaps there is more to it than that, which could somehow make it contagious via blood transfer – maybe the genetic defect carried in blood. The reverse is less likely – but perhaps having Celiac Disease – consuming gluten – attracts the mites. And where do people acquire such gluten? Grocery stores.

Special Report by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma

Sunday 12 March 2017

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