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21 years
Hello, I have a wheat allergy, and I want to know the new à la carte permitted and non-permitted,thank you
Aug 24, 2014

Dr. Rania Mousa General Medicine
Wheat allergy is an allergic reaction to foods containing wheat.
Allergic reactions can result from eating wheat, but also, in some cases, by inhaling wheat flour. Wheat can be found in many foods, including some you might not suspect, such as beer, soy sauce and ketchup.

Avoiding wheat is the primary treatment for wheat allergy. Medications may be necessary to manage allergic reactions if you accidentally eat wheat.

If you have wheat allergy, exposure to a wheat protein primes your immune system for an allergic reaction.

You can develop an allergy to any of the four classes of wheat proteins :
albumin, globulin, gliadin and gluten.

Some sources of wheat proteins are obvious, such as bread, but all wheat proteins and gluten in particular can be found in many prepared foods and even in some cosmetics, bath products and play dough.

Foods that may include wheat proteins include:

-Breads and bread crumbs
-Cakes and muffins
-Breakfast cereals
-Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
-Soy sauce
-Some condiments, such as ketchup
-Meat products, such as hot dogs or cold cuts
Dairy products, such as ice cream
-Natural flavorings
-Gelatinized starch
-Modified food starch
-Vegetable gum
-Jelly beans
-Hard candies

>If you have a wheat allergy, you might also be allergic to barley, oats and rye but the chance is slim. If you're not allergic to grains other than wheat, a wheat-free diet is less restrictive than a gluten-free diet.

Steps to avoid exposure to wheat proteins :

>Always read labels. Don't trust that a product is free of what you can't eat until you read the label. Wheat proteins, especially gluten, are used as food thickeners, and they appear in many unexpected places.

>gluten-free foods, which are safe for people with wheat allergies

>in restaurants ,avoid foods that may have hidden sources of wheat proteins, such as sauces, or deep-fried foods that may be cooked with other foods containing wheat.

>Keep monitoring what you are eating for safe eating and if you by chance eaten any product containing wheat then be prepared for the action ,if severe go directly to the emergency department ,if mild then take antihistamine .

THEREFORE ,Avoiding wheat proteins is the best treatment for wheat allergy. Because wheat proteins appear in so many prepared foods, read product labels carefully.