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GLUTEN ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

GLUTEN ALLERGY FoodGluten allergy, more widely known as gluten intolerance is the medical condition in which gluten has serious detrimental effect on bodies of allergic individual.

Gluten is the protein content present in oats, barley, triticale, wheat, spelt, kamut and rye. Individuals who are allergic to gluten often encounter discomfort while eating gluten-containing foods due to the fact that their body’s immune system reacts with gluten and develops an adverse reaction that occurs as symptoms of gluten allergy.

DIFFERENT FORMS OF GLUTEN ALLERGIES

Gluten allergy has four different forms, all of which shows their specific signs and symptoms.

Celiac disease: This is an autoimmune condition in which consumption of gluten causes damage in the small intestine of the allergic individual, and exhibits the following symptoms-

  • Chronic Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Brain fog
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Flatulence
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • Rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Depression, irritability and anxiety

 Non-celiac gluten sensitivity: This condition shows symptoms nearly similar to that of Celiac disease:

  • Chronic Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • “Stomach ache”
  • Bloating
  • Eczema
  • Flatulence
  • Brain fog
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches (including migraine)

 Wheat Allergy: People with wheat allergy encounter typical allergy symptoms. The symptoms usually occur within a minute to few hours of wheat ingestion and the symptoms are:

  • Hives
  • Sniffling
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the airway and throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting

 Dermatitis herpetiformis: It is an autoimmune skin condition in which skin reacts to gluten antibodies of the allergic individual’s body and occurs with the following symptoms:

  • Itchy and reddened skin
  • A burning sensation in the skin
  • Rash on the back of neck and in elbows, knees and buttocks
  • Deterioration of fine motor skills
  • Clumsiness

Gluten ataxia: The disease is also called Scary Brain Disorder. It is the autoimmune condition in which body’s reaction to gluten affects brain and neurologic system and exhibits the following symptoms:

·        Problems with walking

·        Difficulty swallowing

·        Slurred speech

·        Lack of coordination

·        Pain in the extremities

OVERALL SYMPTOMS OF GLUTEN ALLERGY: In brief gluten allergy is associated with the following symptoms.

  • Digestive issues: These symptoms are usually observed in Celiac disease and Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and the problems involve diarrhea, reflux, constipation and bloating.
  • Skin issues: Involves eczema, dandruff, itchy rash, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and skin hives, and occur in allergic individuals with Celiac disease, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity and Dermatitis herpetiformis.
  • Neurological issues: People experience difficulty in concentrating, depression, anxiety, migraines, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, foggy brain and short-term memory lapses. Occurs in Celiac disease, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity and Gluten ataxia.
  • Reproductive failure: Gluten allergy has been seen to be associated with infertility.

DIAGNOSIS

The gluten allergy symptoms may overlap with that of some other diseases. Ask medical questions to your physician before approaching for diagnosis.

Doing an elimination diet is the best way to diagnose gluten allergy. It involves removal of all gluten-containing foods from diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks to observe whether symptoms resolve or not. Another way to diagnose is cell-mediated test.

Blood and stool test is also recommended. Identification of gluten allergy can be positively done by undertaking intolerance blood tests i.e. lymphocyte activation tests, prick-in-prick tests and SPT (skin prick tests).

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