Know the Difference: Wheat Allergy vs. Celiac Disease

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There’s always more to learn when it comes to understanding food allergies. Our “Know the Difference” blog series tackles some of the most commonly misunderstood terms and concepts about food allergies and food allergy management. Read on – you just might learn something!

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Wheat allergy vs. Celiac Disease

A wheat allergy should not be confused with “gluten intolerance” or celiac disease. Wheat allergy is a food allergy, which is an overreaction of the immune system to a specific food protein. When the food protein is ingested, it can trigger an allergic reaction that may include a range of symptoms from mild symptoms (rashes, hives, itching, swelling, etc.) to severe symptoms (trouble breathing, wheezing, loss of consciousness, etc.). A food allergy can be potentially fatal.

Celiac disease (also known as celiac sprue), which affects the small intestine, is caused by an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. IgE, the antibody responsible for life-threatening reactions…

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