What is a Gluten Allergy?

what is a gluten allergy and symptoms

Today TriangleJr, will take a look at a seemingly growing allergy found amongst little ones in the United States.  In fact a recent study from the Penn State showed that Gluten/Celiac Disease was on the rise.

Gluten is a type of a special protein, which is commonly found in barley, rye, wheat and low level oats. In some foods, the dough is very sticky and it binds together well because of the presence of gluten. The handmade breads that have a chewy texture when chewed are created by the presence of gluten in the wheat. The development of gluten gives you a variety of foods. Gluten that has less development helps make the soft textured confectioneries. If you develop it further you get foods, which are crusty like pizzas and bagels etc. Gluten is also responsible for the breads becoming stale.

While a variety of food items are made with wheat, many people are allergic to gluten. These people usually have to eliminate particular foods from their diet.  The symptoms of gluten allergy are not similar in all cases; they often tend to differ from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms of gluten are swelling, abdominal pain, asthma, vomiting, nausea, and hives. For some people who are highly sensitive to this protein, the symptoms can be life threatening.

However, gluten allergies unlike a lot of other diseases is much easier to diagnose. With gluten allergy testing , the early diagnosis of the problem is vital in order to aid the treatment of the allergy successfully.  In order to determine whether you have gluten allergy or not, the doctors will suggest you go for some skin prick test or a blood test.  The main problem that hinders the elimination of gluten allergies is the fact that there are a large number of foods that are made with wheat and it is subsequently difficult to establish which one is causing the main bulk of the problem.

If the allergic reaction is a minor one, then reducing the amount of wheat from your diet will help; but if you have a severe problem, then the doctor may ask you to eliminate all wheat food products and by products from your diet list. If gluten allergies are diagnosed in an infant or child, there is a good chance that they will outgrow the problem as they age. In children, gluten allergies are fraught with symptoms like abdominal distention, abnormal stools, poor muscle tone, irritability and impaired growth.

Although people who are allergic to gluten might have to restrict certain food items, their deficiency of protein is made up by thiamin, iron, niacin, magnesium, selenium, riboflavin, chromium, folacin, molybdenum etc. With proper care and a restricted diet, a person who suffers from gluten allergies can live a healthy life that is free of any allergic reactions.  The next time your little one has a sweet tooth, consider a cool gluten free ice cream sandwich.

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