Wheat allergy/intolerance?

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therefluxbadger
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   Posted 10/17/2011 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I don't know if anyone will be able to help me. I've had a phlegmy throat/post nasal drip on and off for several months now and it was initially thought to be acid reflux by my doctor (may still be). After several months of medication for this, it failed to get any better and has in fact got worse so I've come off the medication.

I've been trying to follow a careful diet for acid reflux and noticed the other day that soon after eating a wholegrain roll with tuna and lettuce (nothing else included) I had very much increased amounts of phlegm and I kept having to clear my throat. I tried tuna and lettuce the following day without the roll and didn't seem to have any problems so I began to think that perhaps wheat was my problem, as it occurred to me that the worsening of my phlegm/sore throat/throat clearing symptoms coincided quite closely with a period a few weeks ago when I started to bake my own bread, followed by a holiday in France where I eat a lot of bread every day.

I've given myself three days away from wheat to see if I've noticed an improvement - not really much of one. But today I decided to see if having a wheat roll for breakfast would worsen my symptoms again. Nothing much seemed to happen so I had a second one, and again I haven't had much of a reaction yet (it's been about 2.5 hours since the first roll).

I wonder if symptoms of a wheat intolerance do come and go, or should I expect the same reaction every time I eat wheat? I find it odd that I was suddenly very phlegmy after eating a roll last week but had two this morning without much effect. Does this indicate that wheat is not to blame, or is an intolerance more subtle than that? Can symptoms appear sometimes and sometimes not?

Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing any thoughts. I really want to get to the bottom of this problem!

Billy

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   Posted 10/17/2011 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds more like a wheat sensitivity than an allergy or intolerance, therefluxbadger. A wheat sensitivity or very mild allergy will definitely cause mucous in the throat, as well as early morning headaches. Milk products are notorious for doing the same thing to those sensitive to
milk, cheese, cream, butter, etc.
 
What normally happens for me is that I get what I call an "overload"
of ingested wheat and then the symptoms start.  If you can avoid
having symptoms by removing it for 3 days and then have a little on
the 4th and 5th days, you may not have a reaction,  but watch out
if you continue to eat it consecutively for a week.

You cannot determine a food sensitivity unless you go on a removal of the food for a full two weeks. You will begin to feel better after a week, and everything will clear up (in terms of mucous) after two weeks. (You may, though, begin to get better before the first week is over completely.)

I get cravings for grain--which is a strong indication of allergy to it--
and the blood work for me shows just a minor allergy to wheat, but it's enough to cause the exact symptoms you describe.

Best thing to do for many is to see an allergist and have blood work done to determine if you have a sensitivity to wheat.

The only cure for me is to drink plenty of water or to remove it from my diet completely--best thing to do--and to substitute whole wheat bread occasionally.

I.G.

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 10/17/2011 1:20:36 PM (GMT-6)


therefluxbadger
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   Posted 10/17/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Many thanks for your reply It's Genetic, that's very encouraging. Interestingly enough, after I posted this I began to get a runny nose and a tickly cough, approximately three hours after I last ingested the wheat. Then I thought I would test myself further and had a further wholegrain roll for lunch. Half an hour later my nose began to run again and I had slightly watery eyes. I then experienced another runny nose and watery eyes about three hours later and I now feel like I have a scratchy sore throat. I really think it must be the wheat (or gluten?), as up until dinner this evening this is all I had eaten.

I am going to see my doctor tomorrow so will ask him to refer me to an allergist. I plan on removing wheat from my diet and if the sensitivity is not too bad then perhaps I will have it occasionally. Interestingly, I have noticed recently after sharing a few beers with friends that I have woken with a sore throat on several occasions. I had put this down to acid, but thinking about it it seems possible that I also have an allergy to what's in the beer. I guess this might suggest it's gluten, not wheat, that I have a sensitivity towards as the beers I tend to drink aren't wheat beers.

Thanks again,

Billy

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   Posted 10/17/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Beer is distilled from grains, isn't it? It could be corn, or rye, or some other grain or hops, or yeast (which is common to them all) or something else that you have a sensitivity to that causes the problem.

I can't eat rye bread, for example. It gives me a terrific headache the next morning, and definitely wheat is a problem for me.

Good luck in your search with the allergist. You'll find they're very, very helpful.

I.G.
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