Wheat Allergy

Wheat Allergy

Hypersensitivity type may be- Type I Allergy
Immune reactions may be from- IgE
Reactions may occur in- Minutes

A Wheat Allergy is when there is an immune response from consuming, contact or inhaling substances containing the proteins found in Wheat.

A Wheat Allergy is also sometimes incorrectly referred to as a 'Gluten Allergy'. There is no such term as a 'Gluten Allergy', there is either a Wheat Allergy or if not an allergy- a Gluten Intolerance or Coeliac Disease.

If an item that is made from wheat is labelled 'Gluten Free', this does not mean it is Wheat Free and safe for a person with a Wheat Allergy. Gluten Free means that it is only free of the proteins that makes up Gluten, however as the proteins that cause a reaction from Wheat may still present, it may still cause a reaction. 

People with a Wheat Allergy may also have reactions to non-wheat sources such as Rye, Barley and Oats, that also may contain Gluten and Wheat (Scroll below to see some places it can be found).

WHEAT is part of the 10 most common food allergens in Australia, that all together account for 90% of food allergies.

SYMPTOMS

Some of the symptoms may be characterised by:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Hives and/or itchy rashes
  • Itchy, watery, red eyes
  • Cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Asthma Aggravation 
  • ANAPHYLAXIS

    The validity and severity of these symptoms are dependent on the individual and the level of exposure, as determined by a qualified health care provider.

    TREATMENT

    If you experience or are in the presence of someone that encounters an immediate serious reaction (this may include difficulty breathing, wheezing, throat tightening, swelling, collapse, etc), call or have someone call triple zero (000) immediately.

    In the case of a minor allergic reaction, people may use Antihistamines along with other medications based on their individual symptoms and prescribed treatments.

    For 
    severe allergic reactions Epinephrine may be used, followed by seeking emergency medical attention. However, some people may not be able to use Epinephrine due to particular reasons.

    It’s important for anyone with an Allergy, to discuss treatments with a qualified health care provider to understand how to manage individual allergies and also to set up an 
    Allergy Action Plan in the case of a reaction.

    Always present your Allergy Card, Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace to ensure health care providers, family members, friends, colleagues and others are aware of your Allergy or Allergies.

    TESTING

    A skin test, blood test or food challenge may be used to test for a Wheat Allergy.

    LABELLING

    Some labels or terms you may come across on Wheat Allergy friendly products:

    "Wheat Free" "Wheat Alternatives"

    RANDOM ALLERGY FACT

    Wheat's origin can be traced back to the Middle East, and has been cultivated for a thousands of years worldwide.

    WHERE YOU MAY COME ACROSS WHEAT

    The below is not a complete list, but just some of the places you may come across Wheat:

      • Breakfast cereals
      • Biscuits
      • Crackers
      • Crumpets
      • Scones
      • Pancakes
      • Wafers
      • Breads
      • Chapattis
      • Naan breads
      • Cakes
      • Pizza
      • Pasta
      • Pastries
      • Yorkshire puddings
      • Beverages
      • Sauces

    The information provided on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about living with allergies, intolerances and conditions, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider.

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    ARE THERE ANY OTHER PLACES WITH WHEAT YOU HAVE COME ACROSS? HAVE YOU HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH A WHEAT ALLERGY OR KNOW SOMEONE THAT HAS? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW


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