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If I wanted to be a doctor that helps other people with Celiac disease, what type of doctor would I want to become?

Would an Allergist or Immunologist be helping anyone with autoimmune diseases? #Celiac #Coeliac #Doctor #Allergist #Immunologist

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Kirby’s Answer

Another avenue you might want to check out is to become a Clinical Dietitian. These professionals work alongside doctors in both an in-patient and outpatient setting. With the number of dietitians on the rise and an ever-increasing body if research in nutrition, dietetics has really good job prospects as well as great work-life balance. You could work with celiac patients by counseling and providing diet plans for them or work in the hospital setting to oversee their diet and continuing education.
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Kim’s Answer

Carmen,

According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease is treated by a Gastroenterologist (digestive disease doctor) or the hepatology department (liver disease). I was expecting to see Rheumatology, which treats many autoimmune conditions. Some diseases are more complex than others, and result in the patient having a team of physicians. For example, I see a Rheumatologist for my Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren's Syndrome, as well as an Eye Doctor who specializes in dry eye treatment, a Pain Management Doctor, and, on occasion, a Hand Specialist, who injects the joints of my fingers, and a dermatologist who treats the skin conditions I get as a result of my autoimmune condition. Communication between these doctors is critical!


Thank you for taking an interest in autoimmune issues!


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/doctors-departments/ddc-20352229


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