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Is a wheat allergy the same as a gluten allergy?

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According to the Food Allergy Research and Education Foundation a wheat allergy is not the same as gluten intolerance, Celiac disease, or a gluten allergy. Wheat allergies may be outgrown whereas celiac disease is always a health concern for patients who suffer from it.

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A wheat allergy is common in children and causes them to have an allergic reaction whenever they eat foods that contain wheat. Their reaction could give them a rash, hives, swelling or trouble breathing, according to the FAREF. Celiac disease is caused by an immune reaction to the gluten protein, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. Patients with celiac disease cannot eat gluten-containing products because these products can damage their digestive system.

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