More Americans are waking up to the realization that they may be suffering from adverse reactions from the ingestion of wheat and food products containing wheat. Our fast lifestyles are demanding that we eat more convenience foods that may be doing our bodies more harm than good. So what are some of the more common foods we eat on a daily basis that may be causing you an allergic reaction?
- Cookies, cakes, pastries
- Breaded foods
- Dips and gravy mixes
- Instant teas, coffees, cocoa powders, soup mixes, etc.
- Luncheon meats and sausages
…and the list goes on and on. You may not realize that processed foods use wheat as a filler to give it more bulk. Go ahead and read some of the labels on your food stored in your kitchen cabinets and pantry. Take note as to how many of those products contain wheat or gluten. You may be ingesting more wheat than you ever realized.
Symptoms of a wheat allergy
Some of the symptoms of a wheat allergy can be hives, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, cramps, diarrhea, and swelling and itching around the throat. More severe cases can go into anaphylaxis where the throat becomes constricted and breathing becomes labored, requiring immediate medical attention.
How can my doctor diagnose a wheat allergy?
It turns out that trying to diagnose a wheat allergy is very difficult. A recent issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology states that some blood tests that are completed with wheat allergen extracts can give “false positive” results in people who are, indeed, able to eat foods containing wheat without any adverse reactions. Researchers are now working on further isolating wheat proteins that will give allergists and patients a more reliable test result.
Many people may confuse a wheat allergy with celiac disease, a condition caused by an abnormal reaction to gluten involving the immune system and the small intestine. However celiac disease and wheat allergy are not interchangeable. If you are questioning how your body reacts to wheat and wheat products, please make an appointment with your allergist today.
About RAMC: Located in Redondo Beach, CA. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides a medical facility for a wide range of allergy and asthma related conditions, from nasal allergies and hay fever to skin allergy conditions and scalp eczema. If you or your children are in search of seasonal allergy relief, skin allergy treatment, sinus problems or headaches, or have shown signs of an ibuprofen allergy, you are encouraged to contact the team at RAMC. The office also may be contacted by phone at 310-792-9050. Visit the site at http://RivieraAllergy.com
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