Wheat allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in wheat. It's one of the most common food allergies, particularly in children, and should not be confused with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, which are different conditions. Wheat allergy can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, including the risk of anaphylaxis....


What are symptoms of wheat allergy?

  • Skin reactions such as hives or eczema
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, or runny nose
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Irritation or swelling of the mouth and throat
  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases

What foods cross-react with wheat allergy?

People with wheat allergies may also need to be cautious with:

  • Other grains that contain similar proteins, such as barley and rye.
  • In some cases, oats, due to cross-contamination during processing.
  • Non-food products that contain wheat or wheat derivatives, like certain cosmetics or play dough.

When should I consider getting a wheat allergy test?

  • If you or your child experiences allergic symptoms after consuming wheat or wheat-based products.
  • If there is a family history of food allergies.
  • Before introducing wheat into an infant’s diet, particularly if there are other food allergies or a family history of allergies.

How do I reduce my wheat allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid wheat and wheat-containing products, including bread, pasta, cereals, and many processed foods.
  • Carefully read food labels to identify and avoid wheat ingredients.
  • Be aware of alternative names for wheat, such as durum, semolina, spelt, and triticale.
  • When dining out, inform the restaurant staff about the wheat allergy to prevent cross-contamination.
  • For mild symptoms, over-the-counter antihistamines may be effective.
  • In cases of severe allergies, carry an epinephrine auto-injector if prescribed.
  • Consult with an allergist for accurate diagnosis, management strategies, and to differentiate between wheat allergy and other conditions like celiac disease.

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