• 28Jan
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    Why go wheat free?

    When wanting a definite diagnosis of a wheat sensitivity, your doctor will first do an in depth physical examination. There are five other tests they many perform to get an accurate diagnosis for you. These tests are blood test, skin allergy testing, food journals, and food testing in the hospital and the elimination diet.

    A blood test would tell the doctor if you produce any antibodies that indicate an allergy to gluten. Doctors often use this test when they cannot do a skin test because of a skin infection or other skin disorder present. It is not the preferred test for a diagnosis.

    When doctors perform a skin test on a patient they put tiny allergen extracts including the wheat extract on the top and pricked in your skin.   The usual location of the skin test is the forearm but it can be done on your upper back. The doctor and nurse watch your skin for fifteen minutes. If you are allergic to wheat, your skin will get red and raised. The most common side effect of this test is rash and itchiness.

    A food diary is when the doctor instructs you to write everything you eat for a period of time. In this diary, you would also note how you felt after eating and any reactions you experienced.

    An elimination diet is when you omit wheat from your diet. This is a common way to test for the allergy. If you remove the offending item (wheat), it is likely you will improve.  Then under your physician’s direction, you would add these items back into your diet, and making note of any discomfort.

    The food challenge test is when they give you in a hospital setting usually capsules of the food item you suspect you are allergic to.  You continue to eat food in small qualities of the food suspected you are sensitive to, while making note of any reactions. This is for extreme allergies usually.

    In today’s high medical technology field, it’s amazing to me that we can pinpoint our allergies to blood tests and skin testing. It is so useful as knowing your allergies for your comfort and your health.  If you are suffering or feel you may be allergic to gluten or wheat, it would be wise to contact your doctor for testing.