Wheat Allergy

Wheat intolerance is a specific health condition in which the body is having major problems in terms of wheat digestion.  It differs from wheat allergy wherein the body autoimmune responses bring about allergy symptoms. Wheat intolerance is basically a chemical reaction and truth be told, it happens more frequently than allergies, though you might not have heard about that.

In Celiac disease, a defect in an enzyme is present, thus, causing your body to be unable to digest gluten which is found in wheat. The damage that gluten brings creates rapid cell turnover as well as destruction in the bowel, which are actually bad news. Celiac disease awareness is slowly spreading, though.

The accurate mechanism that brings about wheat intolerance is not yet identified. However, this condition is associated with some antigens in the body. Some even say that it’s caused by malfunction in the autoimmune system. This condition hits women more often than men, and when you have people in your family or relatives that have it, unluckily, you are predisposed to having it also since it’s of genetic nature. A lot of Europeans and Caucasians have it, but it’s not exclusive to them. Certain medications like antihistamines, however, can help in dealing with signs and symptoms that come with wheat allergy.

If you are suspecting that you have wheat allergy or intolerance, the best thing to do is visit your doctor so he can refer you right away to specialists who can accurately diagnose you. It might get serious and pose threat to your health, otherwise. And when you do get diagnosed, total avoidance of foods that cause the condition is a must. And more often than not, you steer clear of them for the rest of eternity.

Total evasion from these foods can be hard since most of the food in our usual diet contain wheat. However, progress in health awareness has somehow compelled food companies to be comprehensive with their labeling of food products. Yet again, head to your doctor if you’re having issues with wheat as soon as possible.

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