Wheat allergy symptoms are can easily be avoided and even controlled of you know how.
Wheat allergy symptoms manifest just like most symptoms of allergies. If you have allergies, or know someone who does, then you could definitely relate. However, there are some of us that are not too familiar with common symptoms of allergies. In this article, we would not only be tackling these symptoms, but also the major causes behind them and their treatments as well. Wheat allergy could be considered common in a way, and knowing how to control them is very important. Neglecting these manifestations could lead to very serious complications, even death.
Causes of Wheat Allergy Symptoms
As the name implies, wheat allergy symptoms are cause by ingestion or coming in contact with any product that has been made from wheat or any of its variety. It could be through eating, touching or inhaling. Working in a farm or a factory could predispose people to touching or inhaling these allergens. Food to watch out for would include, but not limited to, the following:
- Soy Sauce
- Ketchup and other condiments
- Ice cream and other dairy products
- Meat products
- Hard candy
- Jelly beans
These are just some of the products to avoid. However, there are a lot more. For a more comprehensive list, it would be best to consult your doctor.
Types of Wheat Allergies
Wheat allergies encompass a wide scope since there are a lot of varieties of wheat. The following would be the medically accepted types of wheat allergies. Almost all of them have the same symptoms of allergies.
This is a very common form of wheat allergy, but the two should not be confused with each other. Gluten allergy is more specific. There are patients that cannot tolerate gluten products, but could tolerate other forms of wheat products that are gluten-free. The seriousness of this condition should never be overlooked. There have been cases of gluten-free food causing major symptoms of allergies just because it has been cooked in the same pan where nongluten-free food had been cooked.
This is actually more known as an allergy to albumin and globulin. There are several components in wheat that are also found in albumin and globulin. If you are allergic to wheat, then you are most definitely allergic to albumin and globulin products. This would include some blood components, so you’d best be very careful.
Wheat Pollen Allergies
As mentioned earlier, wheat allergy symptoms could also be cause by inhalation. Some people are too sensitive that even mere breathing in of wheat pollen would cause symptoms of allergies to surface. Workers that come in constant contact with wheat usually develop wheat allergy.
Common Wheat Allergy Symptoms
Each person develops different wheat allergy symptoms. For others it would be as harmless as a simple rash, while for others it could be quite deadly like anaphylactic shock. The following would be some of the most common symptoms of allergies that have been documented.
- Itching in areas like the mouth and throat (See: Throat cancer symptoms)
- Rash or hives which may present itself as redness, itchiness and swelling in some areas of the skin
- Itchy eyes that turn watery
- Congested nasal passages
- Nausea and might come with vomiting
- Difficulty of breathing
Now, anaphylaxis needs to be discussed in some detail since this is the most deadly of all the wheat allergy symptoms. This is a life threatening reaction to wheat. Manifestations of anaphylaxis would be the following:
- Difficulty of breathing (severe)
- A sensation of tightness in the throat area
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fainting due to lack of oxygen
- Rapid heartbeat
- Cyanosis or blue coloring due to severe lack of oxygen in the body
What to Do with Wheat Allergy Symptoms
So, after knowing about all those mentioned above, when do you go and see a doctor? Immediately. As mentioned earlier, symptoms of allergies might come out as mild, but you never know when complications would develop.
For people who are prone to anaphylactic shock, they should always carry with them these two important things: an injectable dose of epinephrine and a back-up. Emergency services should also be contacted immediately even if the person has just had a shot of epinephrine.
The best way to control symptoms of allergies is by avoiding the allergen at all costs. If you cannot do that, there are certain drugs that are available that would help you with your allergic reactions. The other one was mentioned in the previous paragraph, epinephrine. The other drug would be antihistamine. This drug is usually taken after an exposure to the allergen. It would help ease your discomfort and might relieve symptoms. However, there are some people that take antihistamines prior to exposure to stop the onset of symptoms before it even starts.
If you suspect that you or someone you know seems to be manifesting symptoms of allergies, consult your doctor immediately.