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Can one absorb gluten from smells?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 03, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I am completely gluten free these days (had dermatitis herpetiformis on face before I quit), but I'm wondering if it would be safe to be in restaurants or places that cook with gluten. Does the stuff get into the air? From I've read, it is readily absorbed through mucuous tissues and lungs.

Any thoughts? Or am I just being paranoid?

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:36 PM

as a teen working in a pizza joint i get rashes/skin irritations on my wrists from working with pizza dough and flour. And lol dominican chef named kinky :)

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:23 PM

I suspected as much, but I have no hard data about how difficult it might be for a protein to get airborne.

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:22 PM

I sometimes have a flareup of the dermatitis even though I don't eat gluten any more, so it's hard to tell...

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:21 PM

I think you're being paranoid. This sounds like exactly the typical paranoia those suffering with anorexia. Not saying you're anorexic, but you may have an eating disorder (orthorexia).

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on April 03, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Only if you are using Liquid Ass.

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:45 PM

I don't think it's the smell. I don't think you're being paranoid, but maybe a tad overly cautious if you're not extremely sensitive.

HOWEVER, flour gets on everything and if you're extremely sensitive you can react to the gluten in that. I react to cosmetics with gluten that come in contact with mucous membranes (e.g. mascara, lipstick) and to cross-contaminated food. I have a hard time going into conventional bakeries because of the flour flying around. If you are extremely sensitive, then it's possible to be gluten-ed when in a restaurant because of cross-contamination/airborne flour particles/etc. I don't think most people are quite that sensitive, though. Liken it to peanut allergies and having a reaction to being in the same room as someone eating a pb and j sandwich. There are degrees of sensitivity.

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on April 03, 2013
at 09:33 PM

As a teenager I worked for a Dominican pastry chef named Kinky who had infected tear ducts and chronic emphazema from constantly breathing flour for years; that said, I suspect that type of exposure to any fine particle would do that, gluten or no gluten. Basically I just like saying I knew a Domican pastry chef named Kinky.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 03, 2013
at 10:36 PM

as a teen working in a pizza joint i get rashes/skin irritations on my wrists from working with pizza dough and flour. And lol dominican chef named kinky :)

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Not likely from the smell but possibly from the ingestion of cross-contaminated food.

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on April 03, 2013
at 09:56 PM

If you were inhaling/respiratory the flour I would be concerned, but the smell/olfactory of it is not damaging.

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on April 03, 2013
at 08:22 PM

You're being paranoid. Gluten is a protein, it doesn't get airborne easily.

Now, it might not be a good idea for you to come to a mill and watch flour being made, but you have nothing to fear in restaurants.

5a36ff2b32fd2711d4bafba535f90df2

on April 03, 2013
at 10:23 PM

I suspected as much, but I have no hard data about how difficult it might be for a protein to get airborne.

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on April 03, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Are you especially sensitive and/or experiencing allergic reactions in places with possible gluten in the air? If not, I wouldn't worry about it, especially on an otherwise healthy diet. The body is made to deal with toxins and gluten in such low amounts likely won't have any effect on you.

5a36ff2b32fd2711d4bafba535f90df2

on April 03, 2013
at 10:22 PM

I sometimes have a flareup of the dermatitis even though I don't eat gluten any more, so it's hard to tell...

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