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5 Warning Signs You May Have a Gluten Allergy

closeup shot of dough, eggs, flour, a rolling pin, an some melted butterGluten, a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye, can cause painful symptoms if you are intolerant or allergic. If you are concerned that your gluten symptoms may be a sign of an allergy, it’s important to see an allergist right away. Discover 5 warning signs of a gluten allergy.

Bloating

According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, roughly 87% of people who have a sensitivity to gluten experience bloating. When bloating occurs, your stomach is retaining fluid or gas. While it’s not life-threatening, it can be uncomfortable.

Hives

When you consume a particle that your body is sensitive to, your body releases histamines to combat the invader. This chemical may produce hives, a patch of itchy pale bumps that are swollen.

Migraines

If you’re experiencing headaches for no apparent reason or after eating gluten, you may have a gluten allergy. This is due to the gluten particles triggering an element in your body that it’s not supposed to, causing your brain to react negatively.

Diarrhea or Constipation

If you have a gluten allergy, your digestive system is unable to break down the food particles properly. This will likely cause your bowels to react negatively, either with diarrhea or constipation. If this happens regularly after eating gluten, speak to an allergist.

Weight Loss

Unexpected weight loss should not be ignored, as it can be a sign of an underlying health issue. Celiac disease causes inflammation within the small intestine’s lining after a person eats gluten. A gluten allergy and celiac disease are not the same, but both should be discussed with a medical professional.

How the Langford Allergy Team Can Help

It’s important to know if you’re intolerant or allergic to gluten. After completing an allergy test at any of our five locations, a Langford Allergy allergist will discuss your results and the best course of action to take. If you think you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, call us right away: 478-787-4728.