As noted by Mayo Clinic, common wheat allergy symptoms are itchy eyes that water, an itchy rash that may include skin swelling, mouth irritation and swelling, nasal congestion and headache. Severe symptoms that may be life-threatening are tightness or swelling in the throat, heart palpitations, chest pains, extreme difficulty breathing, swallowing difficulties, dizziness, fainting, and pale or blue skin color.
Symptoms associated with a wheat allergy range from minor to severe and develop quickly, or within hours, according to Mayo Clinic. In the case of life-threatening anaphylaxis symptoms, it is important to seek immediate emergency medical attention. Wheat allergies affect adults and children, although many children between ages 3 and 5 outgrow a wheat allergy. About.com notes that a wheat allergy is sometimes referred to as a gluten allergy. However, being allergic to wheat may not involve gluten, which is why it's important to get a firm wheat allergy diagnosis.
Coping with a wheat allergy is very challenging, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Wheat is an ingredient in numerous food products. In addition to cereals, crackers and pasta, wheat may also be found in foods such as hot dogs, ice cream and sauces. Nonfood products containing hidden wheat include bath products, children's nontoxic dough and cosmetics.