wheat allergy & gluten intolerance
wheat allergy & gluten intolerance
Learn how to minimize and eliminate symptoms caused by wheat allergy
and gluten intolerance. Review the foods you will need to avoid as well as a breakthrough treatment that eliminates your symptoms for good!
People sometimes use the terms allergy and intolerance interchangeably. food allergy is an abnormal response to a substance that was triggered by the immune system, involving IgE (immunoglobulin E) antibodies. Conversely, food sensitivity or intolerance is "an adverse reaction that does not necessarily involve the immune system" (Pescatore, 2003, p. 61).
Food intolerance, therefore, will not trigger serious or life threatening immunological responses the way a food allergy can. Lactose intolerance is an example of an intolerance, where a person lacks the enzyme to digest milk sugar; another example is gluten intolerance.
When you have a wheat allergy, your immune system is hypersensitive to one of the proteins in wheat, so your system reacts against the protein as though it were some foreign invader. You can have a reaction from ingesting wheat or inhaling baking flour. Allergic reactions to wheat can range from mild symptoms such as stomach upset, to life threatening symptoms referred to as anaphylaxis.Click here for more about wheat-gluten allergy
wheat allergy - gluten intolerance symptoms
Common symptoms of wheat allergy can begin within a few minutes after eating, or they can start a few hours after. Symptoms often involve the skin and include reactions such as rashes, hives, and eczema. Also, symptoms can typically involve the intestines and might include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, indigestion, and stomach cramps.
A more complete listing of wheat-related symptoms is as follows:
• abdominal cramps
• allergic rhinitis
• swelling around the mouth
• anaphylaxis - a severe reaction involving major body systems
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what foods do I need to avoid?
Conventional medical advice in dealing with food related allergy is to avoid the substance you are sensitive to. Well, that is no problem if you are allergic to brazil nuts or butternut squash. But since wheat is such an all American staple in our diets, avoidance becomes a major ordeal. This type of avoidance diet severely limits your selection of foods and may even require the assistance or supervision of a dietician.
When avoiding wheat, you are actually avoiding one or more of the proteins in wheat, including gluten, gliadin, globulin, and albumin. Gluten, however, is quite difficult to avoid. Aside from being an ingredient in many foods, it is a substance that is used in the formation of tablets, it is used as a glaze and thickener, a stabilizer, a bulking agent, an emulsifier, a binder, and a starch.
You will need to be aware of the following foods since they contain wheat:
• alcoholic beverages, some baby foods, barley malt
• batter-fried foods, biscuits, bologna
• bouillon, bran, bread, bread crumbs
• bulgur, buns, cakes, candy
• cereals, chocolate, cocoa, cold cuts
• cookies, cornbread, crackers, cream of wheat
• croutons, doughnuts, dumplings, farina
• flours, graham crackers, granola, gravies
• hot dogs, ice cream, ice cream cones, liverwurst
• macaroni, malt products, malted milk, matzos
• mayonnaise, MSG, muffins, noodles
• ovaltine, pancake mixes, pasta
• pastries, pepper, pies, pita bread, pizza
• pretzels, puddings, pumpernickel bread, rolls
• rye bread, sauces, sausages, soups
• soy sauce, tamari, spaghetti, tortillas
• vermicelli, waffles, wheat germ, some yeasts
(from Allergy Relief & Prevention, by Krohn, Taylor, & Larson, p. 130)
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wheat allergy - gluten intolerance treatment
The main conventional treatment for food allergies is allergen avoidance. Thus you need to find out the foods causing your reactions, and then avoid them.
Medical treatment for wheat related allergy as well as food allergy in general can include the following:
Epinephrine - given for severe allergic reactions. When injected, it acts as a bronchodilator
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - A common antihistamine
Corticosteroid - Reduces swelling and various symptoms of allergic reactions. A cream/ointment may be given for skin reactions
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