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What Causes A Gluten Allergy
Workup/Mgt: Chocolate is a complex food, with potentially many additives such as fruits, nuts, flavorings. Determining which of the contents is causing a specific reaction is part of the workup and testing. Further management includes avoidance of the trigger. I would suggest discussing your symptoms and further workup with your physician. In the meantime, check ingredients and please avoid chocolate. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoidance &challenge: Every test out there is imperfect. This is because there are many different mechanisms of food sensitivities- some mediated by igg, e, a & m antibodies, some by lymphocytes, some by inability to digest (lactose), some by inability to metabolize (nightshades) and there aren't tests for all of these. Avoiding suspect foods for 5 days to 1 month & challenging to see if you react is still the best test! ...Read more
Sort of: Most "grocery check out isle" chocolate is contaminated with peanut and tree nuts like almond, because it is packaged in the same factory. So if you buy plain chocolate you may still get exposure to almond. ...Read more
Tick bite: It's recently been identified that persons who had a certain tick bite can then become allergic to red meats and suffer a food induced anaphylactic (severe allergic) reaction. The antibodies are identified as alpha-gal and these can be measured in the lab. I don't believe this has anything to do with heat sensitivity however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined - thru testing or elimination diet?
Intolerance/immune: Intolerance consists of any undesired effects from from wheat and there is no definite test for it (other than a double-blind food challenge). Allergy to wheat often affects the guts but may cause hives, swelling, nasal congestion, and even rarely anaphylaxis. Allergy can be detected by skin testing or allergy blood test but double-blind food challenge remains the gold standard. ...Read more
Genes & environment: The tendency to develop allergies to foods & other innocuous environmental things is inherited. Allergy to tree nuts & peanuts probably occurs because exposure is too low during the critical period when the infant's immune system is sorting out self from dangerous stuff & foreign but safe stuff. Allergists currently think that early exposure to tree nuts might prevent allergy to these foods. ...Read more
Gluten intolerance (about 10% of people) may cause bloating, diarrhea, nonspecific complaints. Celiac disease, among its many manifestations may result in diarrhea. In the latter, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food--best & most enduring fix being ...Read more
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
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