Gluten allergy symptoms

Gluten is the protein found in grains such as barley, rye, and wheat. Most people think they are allergic to carbohydrates or bread based food. But often the real cause is the gluten intolerance. A gluten allergy is not serious unless you have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that is triggered when gluten is digested. If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease, it is important to resist eating anything containing gluten. There are many products on the market today that emphasize “Gluten-Free” versions of the same food, even bread and crackers. Having a gluten-free diet does not have to be like mission impossible.

Gluten allergy symptoms are related to the digestive system. They occur shortly after eating a food containing the grain protein gluten. This is the list of symptoms for gluten allergy:

  • Fatigue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Depression
  • Behavioral or attention problems
  • Skin problems
  • Asthma
  • Irritability

The symptom list is wide and varied, and some people may not have any of these symptoms. Some people may have all of these symptoms and not have a gluten allergy. It is important to go get an official gluten allergy test from your doctor to make sure. A good home test is to eat food with gluten, note how you feel, and then avoid eating food with gluten the next day and see if you feel any better. If you suspect a gluten allergy or worse, celiac disease, go see a doctor first. You can even have related gastrointestinal diseases like IBS or Crohn’s disease instead. Go see a doctor to make sure you have the right diagnosis. The right diagnosis, although these disease symptoms often overlap, can mean getting the right help in minimizing the effects of your disease or allergy.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the villi in your intestines when you eat gluten. The disease can occur with or without symptoms. Even if you feel okay after eating gluten, the damage is still being done. Contrary to popular belief, the disease is not solely a gastrointestinal disease. It has many factors and the problem is mostly with immunity. Fortunately, celiac disease consequences can be halted or minimized by avoiding gluten products. People live normal lives with celiac disease without worrying about what to eat all the time.

The foods that most people should base their diets on do not contain gluten anyway. Stick to fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein for your meals. Even though most of the bread types must be restricted, there are still some options for gluten-free bread eating: quinoa, buckwheat, popcorn, cornmeal, millet, and breads that are specifically labeled gluten-free.

Gluten-free breads are made of other things than the gluten protein. They can be made of corn, millet, soy, potato, flax, and many other sources. These are healthy, smart alternatives that will not contain gluten and still provide you with the carb fix you need to have a balanced diet rich in grains.

Gluten allergy symptoms are a handy list to have when figuring out if you have a gluten allergy. Knowing the symptoms will help you to talk to your doctor and bring up the subject of getting an allergy test done. It can also help you to figure out if you have celiac disease or another gastrointestinal disease altogether. Either way, you will have to live with the disease, so knowing you have it and getting the right help for treating it is the best way to go.

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Last updated on May 21st, 2010 and filed under Immune System. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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