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Is there an DNA test to detect a wheat allergy?

Is there an DNA test to detect a wheat allergy?

No: At least, not yet. There are other ways to detect wheat allergy. This involves identifying the presence of ige antibodies specific for wheat. This can be accomplished with skin testing or a blood test called rast. Both tests are good - neither is superior to the other; they complement each other. Studies show that IgG antibodies indicate protection against wheat & other food allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Wheat Allergy (Definition)

A wheat allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to wheat protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


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How do I safely test if I have a wheat allergy?

How do I safely test if I have a wheat allergy?

Skin or blood tests: Wheat allergy, as with most food allergies, can be tested for with a blood test looking for antibodies to food proteins. A allergist can also do skin tests for various food allergies. Celiac disease (gluten allergy) can be tested for with special blood tests (the genetic markers can be found). Gastrointestinal doctors can do a small intestine biopsy, if needed, to help diagnose celiac disease. ...Read more

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How do you test for wheat allergy?

How do you test for wheat allergy?

Wheat allergy: Wheat allergy can be diagnosed with a skin prick test, a blood test such as immunocap, or an elimination/challenge test. The best thing to do is to see an allergy/immunology specialist. The immunocap blood test can be ordered by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Can I have celiac if a skin test was negative for wheat allergy?

Can I have celiac if a skin test was negative for wheat allergy?

Yes: Celiac is due to an immune reaction to certain components of wheat protein, gluten/gliadin, but is not due to allergic antibody (ige) to wheat, so skin testing is negative in celiac. Certain blood tests showing immune reactions to certain intestinal enzymes, e.g. Tissue transglutaminase (ttg), are positive in celiac disease. Consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have celiac if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Is it possible to have celiac if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Yes: A wheat allergy test is not the same test as a celiac tissue transglutaminase or endomysial antibody test. And even if those tests are negative, a small intestinal biopsy is needed to ultimately make the diagnosis of celiac. ...Read more

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Can I have celiac disease even if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Can I have celiac disease even if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Definitely: Contrary to common belief, celiac disease is not a "wheat allergy". It is the body's abnormal immune reaction to gluten, but it is not mediated by the classic antibody that mediates allergic reactions. Skin test to wheat is not the right test for celiac disease. Skin test negative or positive to wheat does not rule out or confirm celiac diz. If u r concerned, ask ur doc for the proper blood test. ...Read more

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Can I still have celiac disease if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Can I still have celiac disease if a skin test showed negative for wheat allergy?

Absolutely: Celiac disease is not an allergy, so the wheat allergy test is worthless here. There are blood tests that indicate the possibility for this condition, which is a problem of digestion. The best test, unfortunately, is a biopsy. ...Read more

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Can wheat allergy test be wrong?

Can wheat allergy test be wrong?

Yes but: A positive reaction only means sensitization and not necessarily a disease condition. This is just like getting a blood cholesterol test- the higher the number, the more likely (but not certainty) that you will have cardiovascular disease. The only definitive way to confirm it is with a food challenge at the allergist's office. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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


Dna (Definition)

Dna are the coding molecules found in all living things on earth which contain the instructions on how to build living things. Its is comprised the nucleotide molecules which are ...Read more