Wheat allergy is an reaction to foods that containing wheat. It can occur due to eating or inhaling wheat flour. Many foods contain wheat, including some foods that you might not expect, such as beer, soy sauce and ketchup. The main treatment for wheat allergy is avoiding wheat. Medications may be needed to manage an allergic reaction if you accidentally eat wheat.
Wheat allergy is sometimes confused with celiac disease, but the condition between both of them is different. Wheat allergy produce antibodies against the protein allergens that found in wheat. People with celiac disease, proteins in wheat or called gluten caused a reaction of the immune system becoming abnormal.
Signs And Symptoms Of Wheat Allergy
A child or adult with a wheat allergy is likely to experience symptoms within a few minutes to several hours after eating anything that contains wheat. Symptoms of wheat allergy may happen some time even within minutes after someone made contact with wheat. The characteristic features and symptoms are not much different from some other types of food allergies.
The symptoms and the characteristic of wheat allergy is itching or a rash that occurs on the skin and irritation of the mouth and throat. In addition, people who suffer from wheat allergies can also suffer nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stuffy nose, irritated eyes and difficulty breathing. Not limited to what has been mentioned above, wheat allergy symptoms are considered can cause anaphylaxis, which can make the throat swell and cause a person to experience the shock. Anaphylaxis is a condition that can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of wheat allergy include:
- Respiratory System
Signs of Wheat Allergy will effects your respiratory systems. Our respiratory system consists of the nose, throat, and lungs. Symptoms of wheat allergy in appearing on the respiratory system is usually due to an allergic reaction to inhaled allergens, including the smell of wheat or wheat that enter the body. symptoms: cough, runny nose, sneezing, shortness (asthma), shortness of breath, wheezing, a lot of mucus in the upper respiratory tract (bronchial mucus), rattling and vibration chest.
- Nasal congestion
Various types of allergies may also lead to congestion, such as food allergies (nuts, seafood, wheat, cow’s milk, soy milk, eggs, etc.) and allergic to smells pungent (perfumes, air fresheners, deodorizers car, perfuming clothing, cooking odors, cigarette smoke, smoke in motor vehicles, and others). To relieve the symptoms of allergy, can use antihistamines and decongestants. But like all other allergies, you need to identify and avoid allergic triggers by yourself.
- Blood Vessels System and Heart
Signs and symptoms of food allergies and adverse reactions of food turned out very wide and varied. During this hypothesis is growing and widely held theory that food allergies occur only in child’s age and rarely occurs in adults should be examined again. Several case reports and scientific reports mention that the food allergic disorders in adults could disrupt the entire system and organs including the heart and blood vessels.
The symptoms are: Palpitations (pounding), flushing (redness to the face), chest pain, fainting, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, skipped beats, hot flashes, pallor; Warm hands, cold, tingling, Redness or blueness of hands; pseudo-heart attack pain ; the front chest pain, left arm, shoulder, neck, jaw to spread in the wrist. Vasculitis (often bruising bluish as the former hit when not hampered by the area of the upper arm and forearm)
- Ruptured Blood Vessels in the Skin.
When the blood vessels is rupture, the blood out of the veins and into the body. The chances are you can see the blood under the skin layer when these conditions occur. When you press the skin in the area, the color will remain red. In fact, normally when the skin is pressed to leave the white and red gradually returned.
The cause of this condition is usually just a small event like a bruise. Bleeding in the skin can also be caused by an allergic reaction including wheat allergy, blood infection, injury, childbirth, or drug side effects of chemotherapy or radiation, autoimmune disorders, or the normal aging process. However, this condition can also be caused by infections and more serious diseases such as leukemia or blood cancer, meningitis, and sepsis or inflammation in the body due to bacterial infection.
- Dental and Mouth
The sign: Painful teeth or gums in the absence of infection in the tooth, Gums often bleed, and Frequent canker sores. At the end of the mouth, often dry mouth and lips, oral syndrome dermatitis. Back pain is often regarded as an Impacted Tooth (teething oblique)
The sign: pain in or next to the eyes, watery eyes, excessive tear secretion, the colors seem brighter, redness and eyelid edema, blurred eyes, diplopia, sometimes loss of vision capabilities while, hordeolum (stye).
- Digestive System
Signs of allergy: Abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea, bloating, vomiting, difficult defecation (konstippasi), often pass gas (flatus), halitosis, hunger, thirst, saliva increased, canker sores, canker sores, metallic taste in mouth, stinging tongue, pain teeth, burping (glegekan / saltpeter), retasting foods, ulcer symptoms, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach feels full, impaired chewing and swallowing, stomach rumbling, spastic colitis, “emotional colitis,” colic gall bladder gall bladder colic, cramps, diarrhea (liquid bowel movements easier and often), often dispose of the wind and the big and long, arising mucus or blood from the rectum, and anal itching or heat.
Often itching, dermatitis, urticaria, swelling of the lips, bruising blue (such as the former hit) black mark like a mosquito bite. Hands and feet dry skin but oil.
- Irritation of the mouth, or swelling of the skin
Wheat is one of the foods that contain substances related to the antibody, namely glukoten. So he embarked on a type of allergy that is triggered by immunoglobulin E substance, will typically experience symptoms such as a red rash and itching skin, tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, and swelling of the mouth, face, and other body parts. Texture allergic rash usually appears arise on the surface of the skin.
In addition to these symptoms, food allergy sufferers this type there are also experiencing the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, itchy eyes, sneezing, nausea or dizziness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and shortness of breath.
- The composition of the Central Nervous System
Frequent headaches, migraine, lost of short memory (forgot the name of people, goods momentarily), floating (float), the head feels full or engorged.
Behaviour Therapy: impulsive, often Angry, poor mood changes or mood disorders, a compulsive drowsiness, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, dizziness, imbalance, a staggering gait, slow, slow, boring, lack of concentration, depression, crying, tense, anger, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, stimulated, aggressive, overactive, fear, anxiety, manic, hyperactive with learning disabilities, anxiety, seizures, head feels full or enlarged, floating sensation, impaired short-term memory (short memory losy), one read or read without understanding, extreme variations in handwriting, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, Speech Stuttering, claustrophobia, paralysis, typical symptoms of mental retardation impulsive.
Sensitive and irritable, impulsive, overactive, depression, feel lonely feel like apart from others, sometimes forget the numbers, letters and names moment, limp.
- Hormonal System
The sign: Oily skin on the neck, dry skin below the neck, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, decreased sexual ability, Chronic Fatigue Symptom or often weak, Easy to anger, mood swing, often feels lonely, hair loss. Whitish, and acne
- Muscle tissue and bone
The sign are Bone pain, muscle pain, joint pain: Fatigue, muscle weakness, pain, swelling, local redness in the joints; stiffness, joint deformity; arthritis soreness, pain in the chest, shoulder muscles tense, tense neck muscles, spastic general, limping gait, and limited motion
For some people, wheat allergy can cause life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment. In addition to the signs and symptoms of wheat allergy others, anaphylaxis can cause:
- Chest pain
- severe breathing difficulties
- Difficulty swallowing
- Skin pale and blue
- Dizziness or fainting
- Rapid heart rate
You can develop an allergy to one of four classes, namely wheat protein albumin, globulin, gliadin and wheat protein gluten. Food that may have protein wheat is bread, pastries, cookies, cereals, pasta, couscous, potato flour, semolina, spelled, crackers, beer, soy sauce, meat products, gelatinized starch, licorice and jelly beans. If you have a wheat allergy, you may also be allergic to barley, oats and rye.
Tests and diagnosis
Physical examination, a detailed medical history and some tests will help physicians in making a diagnosis. The test can be done in some way. They are:
- The skin test: tiny droplets of purified allergen extracts will be given to the surface of your skin, after 15 minutes, the doctor will observe an allergic reaction that appears. If the skin feels itchy and there are red bumps, you may have a wheat allergy.
- Blood tests: If you do not allow the skin to test for certain conditions, blood tests may be done.
- A food diary: Your doctor may ask you to make an records of when you eat and when symptoms for a while.
- Food challenge testing: You will be asked to consume foods that are suspected to cause allergies. By monitoring the doctors, the food portions are added gradually to see symptoms.
Care and treatment
Avoiding wheat protein is the best treatment for wheat allergy. So many prepared foods contain protein of wheat, read the product label carefully. There are several drugs that can be used:
- Antihistamines can reduce signs and wheat allergy symptoms. These drugs can be taken after exposure to wheat to control the reaction and help to relieve discomfort. Before use, you should ask your doctor first.
- Epinephrine is an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis.
Emergency medical care is very important for anyone who has an anaphylactic reaction to wheat.