Wheat allergies are one of the most common types of food allergies that women get.
Although many adults suffer from this allergy – it is most oftentimes found during childhood.
Sometimes children will eventually grow out of their wheat allergy as their immune system strengthens.
There are also many adults that will also develop allergies to wheat.
Wheat is found in a variety of foods including foods that you would not even associate with wheat.
For example soy sauce is often made with wheat, so it is important once you are diagnosed with an allergy that you become a very vigilant label reader.
Symptoms of Wheat Allergies
An allergic reaction to eating wheat can vary from person to person.
With some people the reaction is immediate, with others it can take a few hours.
The severity of these symptoms will also vary. Some may just feel bloated and a bit gassy while others may have a serve reaction like anaphylaxis which will require immediate medical intervention.
Other commons symptoms for this allergy include skin irritations or hives, gastrointestinal problems, runny noses, swelling of the airways, and congested sinuses.
The more serious reactions include rapid pulse, dizziness, airway constriction, and shock.
Treatment of Wheat Allergies
Once you have been diagnosed with a wheat allergy the only known way to not have any further reactions is to completely avoid all foods containing wheat.
Make sure that you are properly diagnosed to make sure it is a wheat allergy and not confused with a gluten disease called celiac disease.
Your doctor will do both a blood test and a skin test to determine your level of sensitivity to wheat.
Once you have been diagnosed you will want to begin to remove all wheat from your diet.
Reading labels is a good place to start but you need to go a little further with educating yourself about foods containing wheat.
Many foods list things like natural flavoring or spices, they oftentimes contain wheat.
If during your diagnosis your doctor finds a high sensitivity to wheat he or she may recommend that you carry an Epi-pen with you in case you inadvertently ingest wheat.
Some doctors may also request that you wear a medic-alert bracelet as many drugs are made with wheat fillers.
For most sufferers simple avoidance will be enough.
The good news for those who suffer with allergies to wheat products is that many food manufacturers have seen this as a new market place.
They are making good tasting wheat alternative foods so you will not feel deprived from your favorites foods like pasta, cakes and even cookies.