Pasta, bread and batter-fried dishes are some of the common foods avoided by people who develop wheat allergy symptoms. Wheat allergies are among the most common of food allergies affecting as many as 6% of children under three years old. Celiac disease on the other hand is an autoimmune condition affecting the human body’s ability to digest gluten proteins found in wheat and other grains.

It is important to note that Celiac disease is not a type of wheat allergy, though people with CD usually have the same diet restrictions as those with wheat hypersensitivity. It may be accurate to think of wheat allergies as a type of Celiac Disease Lite so-to-speak.

People with this type of allergy can respond with a wide range of signs and symptoms including nausea, hives, difficulty in breathing, irritability and abdominal bloating. For some people, the consumption of wheat and other wheat products can result to anaphylaxis, a form of life threatening response generated by the body’s immune system.

There are individuals who develop an allergic reaction when they inhale wheat flour while others need to eat these wheat containing foods to manifest the symptoms. An allergic response may occur within minutes or hours of either consuming or inhaling the wheat allergen.

Adult Wheat Allergy Symptoms

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of wheat hypersensitivity that can be seen in adults:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Flatulence & constipation
  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Abdominal cramps & diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS
  • Lethargy, fatigue and loss of appetite
  • Arthritis
  • Mouth ulcerations
  • Skin diseases like eczema, itchy & flaky skin, psoriasis, rash


Wheat Allergy Symptoms in Infants

Infants and babies tend to suffer from wheat hypersensitivity reactions and when left untreated, could also be life threatening. If your baby is suffering from this condition, here are some of the manifestations that you should watch out for:
  • Chronic, ongoing vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes with blood traces in stool)
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling of the body
  • Appearance of rash or hives
  • Anemia
  • Irritability and behavioral difficulties
  • Dry mouth

Managing a Wheat Free Diet

Wheat is considered as a staple grain in most Western countries and is also present in many food products. Here are some of the most popular wheat-containing products that people with wheat hypersensitivity should avoid.
  • All baked goods such as pizza and bread crusts unless made from ‘wheat free’ flours
  • Baking powders
  • Canned soup and chili
  • Pasta (whether it is egg-free or not)
  • Batter fried foods
  • Beer
  • Candy
  • Salad dressings, soy sauce, barbecue sauce and other condiments
  • Cereal
  • Flour thickened gravies, casseroles and sauces
  • Meatloaf, sausage and dishes that use breadcrumbs

It is crucial to always check the ingredients listed on the label before purchasing food products. Many processed foods like catsup and ice cream often contain wheat flour. Also, many manufacturers change recipes occasionally, and a trigger ingredient may be added to the recipe.