When most people think of wheat allergies, they think of the intestinal problems eating wheat cause. Yet, wheat allergies are different from wheat and gluten intolerances. Allergies to wheat initially cause sneezing, lip swelling and pretty the same response as other ‘foreign substance’ would cause. These are the first contact symptoms. Wheat allergies, however, according to medical sources are rarer than another condition, gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye an oats. It is becoming more common as better detection methods are employed. The two conditions are often thought to be the same and in non-medical circles both are often labeled allergies.
The more informed gluten intolerant ‘experts’, the newly diagnosed, never make this mistake. They are so delighted that finally a diagnosis has been made and they are feeling much better since leaving off wheat, they are not careless in their descriptions of their disease.
Since gluten intolerance is hereditary, what causative factor during post-contraception led to the one being allergic to wheat and the other gluten intolerant? I will never know but someday when DNA is better utilized maybe that kind of particular knowledge will be commonplace. In the meantime, exactly what are the symptoms of wheat allergy, how is it diagnosed, and what are its treatments?
A wheat allergy acts the same as all allergies, they send out alerting the immune system that a foreign substance is trying to make an entry. The task force readies its efforts to halt the invasion. In the ensuing process, the lips may swell; there may be itching and irritation of the mouth or throat. There may be nasal congestion or a stuffy nose, sneezing. A narrowing of airway passages resulting in difficulty in getting one’s breath’, and there could be, a little later on, gastrointestinal problems, and possibly vomiting.
The symptoms will vary according to each individual and to the severity of their particular allergy to wheat. According to online sources, wheat allergies may manifest itself during exercising after one has eaten wheat. With a little thought this is readily understood. The sudden rush on the system due to the increased demand for greater supplies of oxygen cause also allergic reaction to kick in.
Possibly had the body been at rest the reaction may have been less severe due to less bodily activity. I don’t know this is true and as with all allergies this varies with each individual. Also, simply being in a room where flour is exposed can cause an allergic reaction to those who are extremely hypersensitive to wheat.
I, thinking of myself as gluten intolerant and not allergic to wheat, non-the-less learned not to take anything for granted where wheat is concerned. Wanting to have some Christmas fun, thought to make cookies as I have always done a t Christmas. With an open bag of flour and working at preparing the dough for the cookies, I frequently sneezed and nose ran. It was not severe and I managed to finish a batch of cookies, but no more. Now, I again ask, how does an allergy relate to intolerance?
More severe wheat allergies can trigger severe reactions where emergency measured must be started immediately to avert a disaster: These include “breathing difficulties, swelling of the throat, or a lump forming in the throat blocking off the breath. The blood pressure may drop, the heart beats faster, dizziness, and loss of consciousness”.
All this happening because of an over-response by the immune system to wheat-or some other allergen. Questions remain as to why this happens and exactly what is it within some people that cause such intense reactions to substances considered normal by other people.
Are there answers to these perplexing problems in the near future? Scientists are working on these and we hope to know more some day soon. Will there come a time when special diets will become medical necessities and not personal preferences? Possibly.