Here is a list put out by the Mayo Clinic:
- Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat
- Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Cramps, nausea or vomiting
AnaphylaxisFor some people wheat allergy may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. In addition to other signs and symptoms of wheat allergy, anaphylaxis may cause:
- Swelling or tightness of the throat
- Chest pain or tightness
- Severe difficulty breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Pale, blue skin color
- Dizziness or fainting
- Fast heartbeat
Neurologial conditions including headaches, memory loss, behavioural difficulties and depression.
Immune condition: Frequent infections like colds, flu and bacterial infections, mouth and stomach ulcers.
Skin rashes: Hives, Eczema, Psoriasis, itching flaky skin.
Inflammation & Inflammatory diseases: Stiff joints, allergies, Arthritis, colitis, thyroidities, etc.
General: Food cravings, tiredness, Chronic fatigue, unwell feeling
Now as you can tell, you can go a long time before it might click in your doctor's head to check for food allergies. I know I was treated for all kinds of garbage before someone suddenly said I should get allergy tested. They can do a simple blood test now that will list every food you are allergic to. The problem with the list is that it won't tell you how allergic you are. When I got my list (5 pages long!) I frankly didn't think life was worth living any more! I basically could eat meat and sugar the 2 things I was no longer eating. I went ahead and went off everything and instantly felt better than I had for years! I also started losing weight! I then went to an allergy doctor and got tested. I found out I was very, very allergic to gluten and soy. But I could have corn and dairy. Even shell fish was back on my good list. That made it much more livable. I have reduced my dairy but Having it scattered in my diet makes life worth living again. I am making a cheese substitute that seems to work well in casseroles, etc made out of cashews. I am also learning how to use non-gluten grains in our meals.
So if you are having any of the above problems and can't seem to improve go get allergy tested to see if you have food allergies. If you prefer to avoid doctors then start cutting out things like wheat/gluten or dairy and see if it helps you out.