Immediate wheat allergy is a type of food allergy where the body’s immune system wrongly identifies one or more of the proteins in wheat as a threat and produces an immune response. This results in chemicals, such as histamine, being released. It is these chemicals that result in allergic symptoms.
Symptoms usually come on quickly and can range from mild to serious.
Most people with an immediate wheat allergy have symptoms when they eat foods made with wheat, but some people may have a reaction after touching wheat or breathing it in. For example, when baking with flour which gets into the air, although this is rare.
Is wheat allergy a gluten allergy?
Gluten is one of many proteins found in wheat. If you are allergic to wheat, you may react to gluten, but you may react to other proteins, or a combination.
What is wheat dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (WDEIA)?
Wheat dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (WDEIA) is a type of immediate allergy to wheat that only happens if you exercise around the same time as eating wheat. This is a complex condition and needs to be diagnosed by an allergy specialist.