Gluten Sensitivity and Allergies

Gluten Sensitivity & Allergies

 Wheat Allergy
  • affects only 0.1% of the general population
  • Common in young children, but they usually outgrow this allergy between the ages of 3 and 5
  •  Not common in adolescents or adults

Some symptoms of of a wheat allergy include…

  • Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat
  • Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis – this may cause…
    • Swelling or tightness of the throat
    • Chest pain or tightness
    • Severe difficulty breathing
    • Trouble swallowing
    • Pale, blue skin colour
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Fast heartbeat

 

Gluten Sensitivity (Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity)

  • The most reliable estimate is that 6% of the population has gluten sensitivity – as per the Centre for Celiac Research
  • There is currently NO test to diagnose gluten sensitivity.
  • The only way to diagnose gluten sensitivity is by ruling out celiac disease and other possible issues, and then experiencing improvement when on a gluten free diet.
  • Symptoms can be similar to patients with celiac disease, however gluten sensitivity does not cause intestinal damage
  • It is critical to rule out celiac disease before making a diagnosis
  • The only treatment is a gluten free diet