What Is Wheat Allergy?
Wheat allergy is most often reported in young children and is usually outgrown before adulthood. One study found that two-thirds of children with a wheat allergy outgrow it by age 12. However, some individuals remain allergic to wheat throughout their lives.
When a person with a wheat allergy is exposed to wheat, proteins in the wheat bind to IgE antibodies made by the person’s immune system. This binding triggers the person’s immune defenses, leading to reaction symptoms that can be mild or very severe.
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