I avoid touching any food containing gluten as much as I can, and if I do touch it, I make sure to wash my hands well as soon I can. I have a few reasons for this, I promise.
- The first reason is that it's really easy for me to touch my mouth or face and contaminate myself. I have become sick in the past from touching a donut box and then chewing on my fingernails. If I make sure not to touch my face until I wash my hands, this chance of contamination is reduced.
- The second reason is that I have developed a rash on my hand from handling dough. The last time I made regular gluten bread, I suddenly had a red rash on the backs of my hands, which I can only presume came from handling gluten. Since Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder, it's not unreasonable that my immune system may react in unexpected ways.
- I'm also careful not to touch any of my own food or dishes with contaminted hands, because that's another easy way to make myself sick.
- On top of all of that, I also exclusively buy gluten-free body products. All of my shampoo, body wash, body lotion, lip gloss, and anything else that goes on my skin says gluten-free right on the label. My reason for this is two-fold. First of all, I have reducted the dandruff, eczema and dry skin since I switched to gluten-free body products. The second reason is that these products aren't hard to find, and I would rather be safe than sorry.
So that was a little long-winded, but I hope now you understand why I avoid touching any source of gluten if I can.