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Semolina Wheat Allergy
Gluten sensitivities: Wheat or gluten sensitivities include a wide spectrum of presentations from well-defined celiac disease to other vaguely defined conditions like ibs-like symptoms, and problems outside of the gut like gluten ataxia or peripheral neuropathy. Since it is complicated, a good history taken by your physician with supporting tests might me helpful to tell if you have sensitivities or allergy to wheat.
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
Many. So...: ...if diagnosed with celiac diease, please read labels carefully and avoid all foods with wheat, barley, rye (includes breads). Explore the gluten-free aisles of your supermarket. Enjoy products made with rice, soy, oats and liberalize fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meats. Consider blood testing for tissue transglutaminase antibody to assess whether your diet is truly free of gluten.
Avoid wheat: Currently, the only treatment for food allergy is to strictly avoid that particular food. This means reading labels--by law, wheat must be listed on the ingredient list. There is ongoing research evaluating the role of desensitization for food allergies, but this is in clinical trials/experiments and not yet ready for general use.
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.
Gluten-free diet: If diagnosed with celiac diease, please read labels carefully and avoid all foods with wheat, barley, rye (includes breads). Explore the gluten-free aisles of your supermarket. Enjoy products made with rice, soy, oats and liberalize fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meats. Consider blood testing for tissue transglutaminase antibody to assess whether your diet is truly free of gluten.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Many of the commonly available oat products are milled at the same facilities that mill wheat. If so, trace amounts of wheat can contaminate the oats and result in a sensitivity reaction. If you examine the consumer label of these products you may be able to find one that is milled on separate equipment and safe to consume.
Yes, but....: Oatmeal is a very different grain than wheat is and it is rare that a person is allergic to both. However, many places that make cereals use the same equipment to process the oats as they do wheat, so cross contamination with small amounts of wheat can occur. Read label of your oatmeal - it will usually list if prepared in a facility where wheat exposure/contamination may occur.See 1 more doctor answer
Probably same: An allergy may give you more symptoms but celiac usually attacks the digestive tract.See 1 more doctor answer
Allergy vs celiac: A wheat allergy is the symptoms that occur when you make ige antibodies to wheat. Celiac disease is the symptoms that occur when your body makes IgA antibodies to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley. The symptoms can be similar in that both can cause bloating, abdominal pain, loose stools, etc. Allergies can cause anaphylaxis and celiac raises cancer risk, so it helps to find out which you have.See 1 more doctor answer
Gluten free: Dine where gluten free items are available. Wise to bring some snacks with you from home.
Allergic & toxic: Wheat allergy is mediated by ige and you may have skin rash, hives, gastrointestinal upset, and/or respiratory symptoms from eating wheat but not other grains. Gluten sensitivity is genetically determined and symptoms can be induced by an product containing gluten aside from wheat.
Usual symptoms: Wheat allergy usually starts within 30 min. Of one bite; involves some or all of following: itchy/swollen lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomitting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, flushing, itchy skin, hives, chest tightness, wheezing, runny/stuffy nose, itchy/watery eyes, lightheadedness/low bp. Reaction to wheat could be celiac. See allergist for diagnosis and treatment.
Wheat: Wheat or gluten would indicate the presence of wheat. Unfortunately there is no short cut besides reading labels.
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