Wheat Allergy Symptoms in Adults and Kids
Summary: The wheat allergy symptoms in adults are normally different from the ones exhibited by a child. However, precautionary steps must be taken immediately after identification of the problem. Stay away from wheat as much as possible. Take medicine if advised.
Common Celiac Disease Symptoms are abdominal cramps, asthma, eczema (atopic dermatitis), hives (urticaria), “Hay fever” (allergic rhinitis), angioedema (tissue swelling due to fluid leakage from blood vessels), nausea, and vomiting. Rarer wheat allergy symptoms include arthritis, joint and muscle aches and pains (may be associated with progressive arthritis), bloated stomach, depression or mood swings, anaphylactic shock, chest pains, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, palpitations, psoriasis, swollen throat or tongue, tiredness and lethargy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and unexplained cough. Reactions may become more severe with repetitive exposure.
Wheat allergy occurs due to immune system’s abnormal reaction to one or more of the proteins that’s found in wheat. Kids quite often get wheat allergies. Although occurrence is rare in adolescents and adults, it isn’t altogether impossible. If either you or your child is allergic to wheat, it would indicate that your immune system has developed an antibody to a specific wheat protein. The wheat allergy symptoms in adults are normally different from the ones exhibited by a child. The common wheat allergy symptoms in adults could range from hives, to nausea to even a potentially life-threatening condition.
Wheat Allergy Symptoms can be fatal.
In some people, wheat allergy can actually prove to be near-fatal and at times fatal. Such a reaction is caused by what the doctors call anaphylaxis. Celiac Disease Symptoms caused due to anaphylaxis can range from person to person. However, the common symptoms include chest pain, sudden pulse rate drop, tightness of throat, trouble in swallowing, acute breathing difficulty, changing of skin color to pale blue and dizziness/fainting. The primary treatment for wheat allergy, if diagnosed, would be to completely avoid wheat. Medications might be necessary in some cases so as to manage allergic reactions.
A useful source of cereal fiber is Triticeae gluten-free oats (free of wheat, barley and rye). Depending on the type of wheat allergy symptoms, one can use rye bread as a substitute. Rice flour can be taken as an alternative for those allergic to wheat. Corn meal, quinoa flour, tapioca starch or flour, wheat-free millet flour, flax seed meal, buckwheat, chia seed flour, and others can be used a substitutes. Though spelt and kamut are grains related to wheat, still they are usually an appropriate substitute for people with wheat allergies and those who are gluten intolerant.
Medicines such as antihistamines and epinephrine can be administered only of the doctor advices. Antihistamines lower or completely eliminate wheat allergy symptoms. They should be taken after exposure to wheat. Epinephrine is for serious problems arising out of anaphylaxis. The medication is passed through an auto-injector pen straight into the skin. The pens contain a single dose of adrenaline which can be injected into the body through a concealed spring-loaded needle. Adrenaline opens the airways, helping the patient breathe better.