Allergies can be some of the least pleasant things to deal with. They are annoying get in the way of basic everyday activities and can persist even when you can’t seem to identify any reason for them to remain relevant. What makes it worse is the fact that different Symptoms of Wheat Allergy are difficult to distinguish from one another and even allergists are in the dark as to the fundamental details as to what causes allergies and how best to go about treating them. Today we’ll take a look at what we do know about symptoms of wheat allergy, preventative measures, how to go about dealing with them and what you can expect from your physician.
Allergies are a complex phenomenon, so we won’t go over too many details here. We’ll start with what they are though:
- Hypersensitivity disorders of the immune system. There are five different hypersensitivity disorders, and allergies are the first (type I, appropriately – immediate hypersensitivity). That’s a concise way to put it, but what it means, is that allergies are caused by the body’s overreaction to a particular stimulus, called an allergen. Interestingly these reactions are acquired (meaning you’re not born allergic to things, in a strict sense), and immediate.
The physiological details are where it starts to get to be too much for a basic article, but in short allergies are caused by the activation of mast cells, which are a particular sort of white blood cells and the activation of an antibody called immunoglobulin E. Skipping details this results in an inflammatory response that can be either annoying or downright lethal – peanut allergies can be on either end of the spectrum for instance.
Wheat allergies allergies are caused by this activation of mast cells and the activation of immunoglobulin E. It has a number of ‘subclasses’ so to speak – wheat allergy refers to a wide variety of allergies in response to different parts of a wheat plant.
Allergic reactions to gluten comprise one class of wheat allergies Some reasonably well-studied allergens here are prolamins, glutelins, albumins and globulins. These can result in some severe reactions.
Wheat pollen and grass allergies can result in respiratory tract allergies in food workers, and some derivative allergies exist. By that we mean that exposure to certain proteins in unrelated produts that when modified resemble allergenic proteins in wheat can cause allergic reactions. Certain cosmetics contain proteins that are similar to wheat proteins for instance.
Signs & Symptoms of Wheat Allergy
Wheat allergy isn’t that much different from other food allergies which is a common difficulty with allergies – it’s hard to identify root causes without exposing a patient to several allergens. As such symptoms of wheat allergy are pretty standard. They can include hives (urticarial, in medical terms); eczema,hay fever, inflammation of a joint in the pelvis called the SI joint (sacroilitis); nausea and occasionally vomiting. In severe cases wheat allergy can bring on anaphylactic shock which is the most lethal form of allergic reaction in general.
Exercise & Aspirin Induced Anaphylaxis
Since we’re on the subject of anaphylaxis we should mention the possibility of execise induced anaphylaxis. This occurs when exercise increases the concentration of gliadin in the bloodstream which can then induce an anaphylactic response in the respiratory tract. Aspirin has a similar effect and the two of these things together can work together.
Managing Wheat Allergies
The best way to manage a wheat allergy is to stay away from any product containing wheat allergens. This means eating gluten-free bread, avoiding cosmetics containing compounds known to be similar to wheat allergens (a quick Google search will bring up a comprehensive list of these) and staying away from certain baked goods. Talking to your doctor about just what products you have to avoid personally is a good idea as certain wheat allergies are only set off by certain allergens but it’s still a good idea to steer clear of any and all wheat allergens since exposing yourself to them could result in the development of a more ‘reactive’ allergy and could even increase the severity of your current reactions. Obviously that’s not what we want. However if you follow those steps you should be able to manage your Symptoms of wheat allergy fairly well.