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Wheat intolerence and gluten intolerence, is there a difference?

Wheat intolerence and gluten intolerence, is there a difference?

Wheat and Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. You could possibly have a reaction to wheat, but not other gluten- containing grains. The exact meaning of "Intolerance" is not clear, so I can't be certain what you mean by that. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

Is lactose intolerance a milk allergy?

No: Lactose intolerance is a digestive problem with inability to break down complex milk sugars into simple sugars that are easy to absorb. Milk allergy is an ige mediated disease, usually manifest in children, with skin symptoms like hives and eczema, respiratory symptoms like asthma and rarely anaphylactic reactions. ...Read more

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Difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

Milk issues: Milk allergy causes hives, swelling of soft tissues such as lips and tongue, shortness of breath and in extreme cases anaphylactic reactions, it may also cause severe abdominal cramps. The effects are immediate after milk ingestion. While lactose intolerance can cause gas and bloating 1-2 hours after ingestion of dairy products and sometimes diarrhea. ...Read more

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Tomato allergy or intolerance possible?

Tomato allergy or intolerance possible?

Yes: Both are possible. You can get an ige blood test to see if you are allergic. It is available from immunocap at quest labs. Intolerance is often related to the acid content of tomatoes. ...Read more

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Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women. The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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What causes your gluten intolerance/antibody reaction to gluten?

What causes your gluten intolerance/antibody reaction to gluten?

Unknown: There is a genetic subgroup of the population that was a higher tendency but it can happen to anyone. Why the immune system decides to react to gluten as if it were a germ is unclear.Why the antibodies it forms decides to attack the intestine or other tissues in some is also unclear, but similar to what occurs in rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

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Are symptoms of wheat allergy different that gluten allergy?

Completely different: All ige-medited food allergies have the same symptoms, oral itching and hives if ingestion, progressing to anaphylaxis if large volume ingestion. Gluten intolerance in celiac disease causes an inflammatory bowel disease and in about 15% a blistering rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

Probably same: An allergy may give you more symptoms but celiac usually attacks the digestive tract. ...Read more

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Candida vs. Gluten allergy? What's the difference?

Candida vs. Gluten allergy? What's the difference?

Unrelated: Candida is a common yeast/fungus found in the GI tract and can be a complication of using inhaled steroids for treating asthma. Also can be a cause of vaginitis after treatment with antibiotics. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains that in susceptible people is not digested leading to diarrhea. This is celiac disease and treated by eliminating gluten from the diet. ...Read more

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What is the difference between milk allergy vs lactose intollerence?

What is the difference between milk allergy vs lactose intollerence?

Good question: An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a substance, causing rashes, wheezing, etc. This can happen with milk and many other foods. Lactose intollerence is caused by a lack of an enzyme needed to digest milk. This typically causes bloating, gas and diarrhea with some cramping. Very different from an allergy. ...Read more

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How to check for lactose intolerance and gluten allergy?

How to check for lactose intolerance and gluten allergy?

Depends: Lactose intolerance is mostly a clinical diagnosis--usually leads to GI symptoms after eating foods containing lactose (dairy). Biopsy of the intestine can confirm the diagnosis as well. Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity) can be screened for with blood tests, and the confirmatory test is also a biopsy of the intestine. It's important that these tests be done while you're on a regular diet. ...Read more

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Gluten or lactose intolerance relief, what to do?

Avoid the material: Processed foods are required to show the content on the information contained on the product packaging. Learn to read labels and avoid the products that contain either. Over time your system should heal and the symptoms subside. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. ...Read more

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Why is gluten intolerence called celiac disease?

Why is gluten intolerence called celiac disease?

Because it causes: Celiac disease is autoimmune disorder of small intestines that occurs in genetically predisposed individuals of all ages.It is caused by a reaction to gluten a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. That's why it is called gluten intolerance.Once the source of gluten, that is diet free from wheat, rye and barley is introduced the symptoms get better. ...Read more

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Is milk intolerance a food allergy or what?

Is milk intolerance a food allergy or what?

Not allergy: Milk intolerance most commonly refers to a condition characterized by bloating, cramps and diarrhea caused by lactase deficiency without allergy/immune mechanisms involved. In allergy to cow's milk the immune system is reacting against cow's milk proteins causing symptoms such as hives. In infants, may cause blood in stools and constipation. The terms intolerance and allergy are often misused. ...Read more

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Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Looking for nut allergies symptoms, eg, cashew allergy?

Varies: Allergic reactions varies with individuals.Some can consume cashews, while to others they are toxic.Reactions can be mild or severe. Mild reactions include nausea , vomiting, diarrhea. Skin rash and itching on the skin.The eyes , roof of mouth and throat may itch.Severe reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling to face and throat.The most dangerous is anaphylaxis.This can be fatal ...Read more

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How are food allergy and food intolerance different?

Diff erent way fo: Allergy means you get hives, runny nose , may be troule breathing within min to 2 hrs and need to avoid and treatment, intolerance more like upset stomach, gassy stomach ache, e.G milk allergy avoid for 2 yrs might out grow, lactose intolerance forget about milk. ...Read more

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How common is celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)?

1 in 3,000: But still more people are allergic to wheat, which is a different problem with a similar treatment: avoid it! fyi the only other grains with they type of gluten to avoid in celiac sprue are rye and barley. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

What is the difference between a gluten allergy and a gluten intolerance?

Wording issues: You will be intolerant to gluten if you are allergic to it.Your body will have reactions to it and many could be severe. Allergy skin tests and blood tests would be positive. You could be intolerant to gluten but not have typical allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, positive skin and blood tests), but you might have indigestion, constant bloating, intermittent diarrhea, etc. ...Read more

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Docs, could a person both have gluten intolerance and wheat allergy?

Docs, could a person both have gluten intolerance and wheat allergy?

Yes: Gluten is a protein that can be found in several different grains. Wheat allergy would suggest a specific reaction to at least one of many wheat specific proteins.While gluten is a protein present in wheat, it is not the only one. ...Read more

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How to check for lactose intolerance and gluten allergy?

Depends: Lactose intolerance is mostly a clinical diagnosis--usually leads to GI symptoms after eating foods containing lactose (dairy). Biopsy of the intestine can confirm the diagnosis as well. Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity) can be screened for with blood tests, and the confirmatory test is also a biopsy of the intestine. It's important that these tests be done while you're on a regular diet. ...Read more

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Is there a reason it seems that so many more people now have peanut allergies or gluten intolerance?

Is there a reason it seems that so many more people now have peanut allergies or gluten intolerance?

Good question: Food allergies are becoming more prevalent in developed countries. Certainly increased awareness is part of the reason. Other theories include the "hygiene" hypothesis that our "clean" lifestyle has caused a switch in our immune system to overreact to normally harmless substances, i.e. Foods. There is still a lot to be learned. ...Read more

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I heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy is related to weight gain? Is a myth or not?

I heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy is related to weight gain? Is a myth or not?

Depends on situation: Anyone who must alter their diet to avoid foods they can no longer have can overindulge with the "safe" foods. Weight gain is related to total calorie intake and metabolism. Those with a normal calorie consumption and significant food allergies often loose weight. Untreated gluten sensitivity is often marked by weight loss, not gain. ...Read more

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Recently, I have heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy related weight gain is a myth or not?

Recently, I have heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy related weight gain is a myth or not?

It is not a myth: Food allergy weight gain is not a myth as it can set up different processes in the body that are not healthy and weight gain is one aspect. It does not happen all the itme or to everyone... ...Read more

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Is rashes usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy?

DH: Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period of time. Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women. The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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2 months symptoms. Is it Celiac,gluten intolerance,wheat intolerance or allergy?F079 Ige negative. Beer ok, wheat no although I bloat for 8 hours after "may contain wheat". All after a fast for a week

2 months symptoms. Is it Celiac,gluten intolerance,wheat intolerance or allergy?F079 Ige negative. Beer ok, wheat no although I bloat for 8 hours after "may contain wheat". All after a fast for a week

Stomach complaints: Hard to say at this point. Dietary diary and symptoms diary very important. Further workup needed to help make diagnosis. Could also consider elimination diet. Very basic diet (can google). Add things back one week at a time to see what triggers your symptoms. Stay in touch with your GI doc who is working this up for you. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sufferring from inflammatory bowel disease, doctors diagnosed as maybe ibs, celiac chrons disease. A lot of food allergies. gluten, dairy intolerance?

Sufferring from inflammatory bowel disease, doctors diagnosed as maybe ibs, celiac chrons disease. A lot of food allergies. gluten, dairy intolerance?

Colon problems: Since the illnesses you mentioned in your question are all different, it sounds as though your problem really hasn't been diagnosed yet at all. If you are still having problems, be sure to see a gastroenterologist. If you have already seen one and still can't sort this out, get a second opinion from another gastroenterologist. These diseases are not mysteries! Keep going until you feel better. ...Read more

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Everytime after i eat bread i get phlegm and a really itchy throat. Is it a gluten allergy/intolerance?

Wheat allergy: It is most likely an allergy to wheat gluten really causes an immune reaction that could cause stomachaches and heart burn you probably need a skin test to check this out as well as a blood test to see if you have antibodies against gluten. ...Read more

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Can you still get a complete, balanced diet if you have a gluten allergy and are also lactose intolerant?

Can you still get a complete, balanced diet if you have a gluten allergy and are also lactose intolerant?

Certainly: Throughout most of human history gluten-containing grains & dairy products were not consumed (& still usually not in asia). Gluten-containing grains (& other grains) are certainly not a necessary part of a healthy diet, and neither is dairy (though lactose-free dairy products like yogurt are an option). One can get all the nutrients needed from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, eggs & meats. ...Read more

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I'm sensitive to gluten/ wheat allergy and I cannot stop eating it. I get sick, then stop for a month then start again. What will happen if I don't stop? Will the symptoms progress? I also have IBS and intolerant to milk as well.

Confusing post: You can have wheat sensitivity/allergy that is minor like someone would be to milk. However, if you really have celiac disease, where your body forms antibodies to gluten, you are in trouble. Every time you ingest gluten you create new antibodies that will damage tissues. It is a lifetime disease with associated organ damage and sometimes cancer. You need to have your doc sort out the real issue. ...Read more

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Could gluten help with allergies?

Could gluten help with allergies?

No: Avoiding or taking gluten would not affect your allergy symptoms unless you have gluten or wheat allergy. ...Read more

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Have gluten allergies always existed?

Have gluten allergies always existed?

Grain Cultivation: Humans first started cultivating grains around 9500 BCE in the Fertile Crescent. Celiac disease (gluten allergies) probably developed right around this time, but it was only until recently that the disease was identified and classified. Ultimately this condition is rare and occurs primarily in whites of northern European ancestry. ...Read more

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How can I find out anything about gluten allergies?

How can I find out anything about gluten allergies?

Gluten allergies : You could stop gluten for a month and then add it back and see if you have any symptoms. You could also have a blood test for antibodies to the various gluten antigens. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more