How Not to Let Wheat Allergy Ruin Your Life

"Unfortunately, my sister suffers from celiac disease, gluten intolerance and wheat allergy, which is the most problematic issue of the three for her. These three condition are often confused with one another, when, obviously that should not be the case. Wheat allergy is an allergic reaction of the immune system to foods containing wheat. So, the allergic reaction can be caused by eating wheat or by accidentally inhaling wheat flour.

But, I absolutely did not want to let this allergy control and potentially ruin my sister’s life, as symptoms range from hives or rash, irritation of the mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion, eye irritation, troubles with breathing to anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening and demands immediate medical attention.

So, I decided to do some research and figure out how to help my sister fight this allergy and lead a normal, healthy life.

Avoid Foods That Contain Wheat    

You should, as my sister does, completely avoid foods that contain wheat. The list is long: bread crumbs, bulgur, cereal extract, club wheat, couscous, cracker meal, durum, einkorn, emmer, farina, flour, hydrolyzed wheat protein, kamut, matzoh, pasta, seitan, semolina, spelt, sprouted wheat, triticale, vital wheat gluten, wheat, wheat bran hydrolysate, wheat germ oil, wheat grass, wheat protein isolate and  whole wheat berries. Wheat can be found sometimes in glucose syrup, surimi, say sauce and starch. I collected this information from SCD Lifestyle, which is a site that I stumbled upon when I started researching a wheat-free diet.

So, my sister’s obsession has become reading food labels. You should do that also, because food manufacturers are required to list all ingredients on food labels. Instead of wheat you can eat corn, rice, quinoa, barley, rye and oats, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and unpackaged meats. You can replace traditional flour for flour made from soy, rice, corn, sorghum, tapioca, potato or coconut.

Always Carry Your Auto-Injector

If you suffer from wheat allergy your doctor will give you a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector. Epinephrine is a steroid that is used to treat anaphylaxis, which is the most serious symptom of the wheat allergy. My sister never leaves the house without her auto-injector, and she usually keeps it on her body, instead of her purse or bag which can easily get lost.  

To treat other symptoms of wheat allergy you can use antihistamines and corticosteroids.

Inform Your Friends about Your Allergy

Your friends should be very informed on your allergy, so that they can act accordingly in case you fall into the anaphylactic shock. You should teach them how to use your auto-injector, and you should also always have someone beside you who is aware of your allergy. This can be a life saver if you drink a little too much at a party, for example, as you can easily fall into the trap of eating something that contains wheat.

Also, if your friend know about your allergy, they will prepare food, especially for you, so that you do not feel excluded or hungry at parties and other gatherings.

So, Take Control Of Your Life Instead of Leaving it to Your Allergy

You should definitely take this allergy seriously, and organize your life in such a way that it becomes wheat-free, which might be difficult at first but you will quickly get used to it. Otherwise, your life will become a living hell."

 

That's the truth. Wheat allergy is a doozy! What a good sister you are, doing all this research :-) Allergies can be a test of patience for those who have them, so to have somebody willing to do all the work you've done is incredibly ideal. You rock! Thank you for sharing all of this very useful information!

XOXO,

Jennifer