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