Q&A: Can you have a wheat allergy and not have Celiac’s disease?

Question by life_in_motion: Can you have a wheat allergy and not have Celiac’s disease?
or are they the same thing? I recently discovered that foods with wheat in them make me sick to my stomach and give me nasty headaches. Is Celiac the name for wheat allergies, or is that different?

Best answer:

Answer by shahzad
Celiac Disease is an “autoimmune disease”. The body just can not absorb gluten (proteins that are found in wheat, rye, barley, and grains derived from them). Some antibodies are formed against the gluten proteins and cause a reaction every time one eats such diet. Over time, the absorption sites in the Gastrointestinal system ( Villi ) become messed up and cant absorb any food at all and that can be very very serious. The only way to stay healthy is to avoid gluten from diet throughout life.

However, one can have wheat intolerance (allergy without any antibody formation) and still not have gluten intolerance (Celiac disease with specific antibody formation).

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