Wheat Allergy Symptoms
What is wheat allergy?
Wheat allergy is an allergic reaction to foods containing wheat. A classic wheat allergy is a food allergy more commonly seen in children than adults. It involves antibodies to wheat proteins - which cause food allergy symptoms. Wheat can be found in many foods including bread, pasta, beer, crackers, noodles, soy sauce & cakes.
In adult patients, allergy to wheat symptoms may occur during exercise. In this situation allergy symptoms can occur several hours after eating wheat. Symptoms of wheat allergy may include hives (urticaria), tingling in the mouth and diarrhoea or stomach pains. Concerning symptoms include swelling of the lips, tongue or throat (angioedema), shortness of breath or wheeze (acute asthma), dizziness or collapse and require immediate medical attention.
Wheat allergy is sometimes confused with coeliac disease or gluten / wheat intolerance symptoms.