Gluten Allergy Symptoms In Adults

by Allergy Guy

Gluten allergy symptoms in adults may creep up on you slowly or hit you quite suddenly.  They aren’t necessarily different from children’s symptoms, but your perception may be different.

The biggest problem with gluten allergy symptoms in adults is that since most people eat gluten-containing foods several times a day, and because symptoms often last hours, days or weeks, it is very hard to connect your symptoms to the cause.

Just to complicate things a bit more, few people have allergies to just one thing, so you may be experiencing symptoms from multiple allergies.

On the other hand, what appears to be a gluten allergy may in fact be celiac disease.  It is important to know the difference.

Gluten Allergy Symptoms

See the Gluten Allergy Symptoms article for a list of gluten allergy symptoms.

Gluten Allergy Symptoms – the Slow Creep

If you feel healthy one day and sick the next, chances are you’ll visit the doctor.

If you slowly deteriorate over years, you may never really notice that you’re sick.  Feeling a little off becomes normal.

Many people seem to walk around in a daze – forgetting things, not thinking straight, lacking energy, and having vague symptoms they can’t put their finger on or really explain to their doctor.

Many of these same people are not aware that they are sick.  They think that it’s old age, stress from the job, children running them ragged.

All of the above and more can wear you down, but if you are healthy and have enough sleep, you should be able to deal with these problems as temporary setbacks rather than a permanent sate of negativity.

Allergies – to gluten or any number of other foods or inhalants such as dust and mold, are frequently the culprit.

Delayed Allergy Symptoms to Gluten

Many people have delayed symptoms to gluten.  For example, if I eat gluten, I won’t feel a thing for about 24 hours.  Then I rapidly loose it, and feel like crap for at least three weeks.

If you eat gluten every day, it is hard to connect the food with the experience of feeling sick or off.

Also, if you cut out gluten, you may notice no change at all for days or weeks.

This makes it hard to figure out that gluten is the problem, especially on your own by accident.

Now that you have read this article and realize the problem, you can learn to deal with it.

See the following articles for more information:

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease has many symptoms in common with gluten allergies, although the underlying reasons are quite different.

If you suspect a gluten allergy, you should get tested for celiac disease.

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1 Monique April 10, 2017 at 12:33

I’ve been going run and run for almost 4 months and started doing my own research; I’ve been to doctors many time and even a dermatologist, nobody did a scratch test and gave me creams and steroids for ” to help relief my pain “, now with lots of research in back ground, I have three doctors appointments this month; I’m done living this way, nope. Thank you for all your info, my regards to all.

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2 David Shimek March 15, 2012 at 19:22

I had to self diagnose, living in a country with almost no affordable health care. I was having wicked acid reflux & throwing up frequently.
These symptoms are not among those listed I have noticed! I threw up most often after consuming spaghetti that I would often add vegan gluten-meat hotdogs to. I at first thought perhaps it was the spaghetti sauce, or consuming too large a quantity of food. Through the process of elimination, I discovered it could only be the high-gluten wheat products doing this to me. After discontinuing the consumption of pasta, wheat-meat, & bread products….. I no longer upchucked. I had to pop quantities of Tum’s like calcium pills every day before. Now I only have a bit of acid reflux if I have a piece of toast or some other bit of wheat. The good news is that corn tortillas & potatoes & rice etc…. are cheaper that bread & that’s good news in this economy !!!

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3 Allergy Guy March 15, 2012 at 21:28

Great news, David!

I also am beginning to think that eating wheat makes you hungrier, so you may find that you eat less, further reducing your food costs. Have you noticed this?

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4 David Shimek March 16, 2012 at 22:22

I don’t know about that…. I know eating pizza makes you hungrier for more pizza ! However, with fewer foods to choose from, perhaps you do eat less, especially if bread was your fave food as it was for me ! I’ve lost 10 lbs, but perhaps partly due to being sick for weeks & partly due to eating less on a gluten free diet! (TIP: corn tortillas have half the calories of tortilla chips; I also find that if I eat the tillas instead of the chips, I eat about half as much…. perhaps 4 oz instead of 8 oz…. IE. 280 cal instead of 1100+ cal. for the chips…. plus of course whatever toppings I put on them. (I like Daiya cheez, 90 cal/ oz…. melts like cheese, without the sinus clogging effect of dairy)

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5 Allergy Guy March 16, 2012 at 23:53

I love my food and I eat until I’m full! I don’t know that I eat more at a sitting, just that it takes longer until I get hungry again, that’s the real difference.

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6 michelle April 7, 2015 at 11:35

I did notice this allergy guy!! and in my case my self diagnosed celiac(which my son also has) caused my reaction to the other outlet in our bodies, and frequently without me even knowing at nite(how I found out,ugh) but I quit all gluten and got better..quickly..within 3 weeks I had solid, which I never knew I would be so proud to have solid stool…ew…lol..but I also noticed I don’t have those sever hunger pains I used to have..especially when I wake up, I would feel so hungary I felt like I was gonna die!. every now and again I have to have a publix sub..on wheat, which since I have no gluten in my diet, it will only give a couple of hives, on my face only(luky me)..and a few in mouth canker sores…sometimes its worth it.But then for like 3 days I wake up starving!! so I think your on to something allergy guy!! I went un diagnosed for my whole life, only really testing myself 6months ago. which I don’t think my villi will grow back because it has been damaged for soo soo long, but at least I don’t wake up in it, and as long as I don’t sneeze, I can control my constant diarrhea. I am thankful that I found out, which my doc refuses to admit I have celiac..idk why? what??…well, she also is a nurse practitioner, and doesn’t think there is a celiac blood test…ugh..lol..life is better…try corn pasta guy, just remember it keeps cooking…so it will get mushy if you try to make chicken noodle soup or a stroganoff, shrimp scampi pretty good. which are excellent, because the corn pasta is sweeter than flour pasta. I hope my comment helps someone. keep your chin up because you KNOW YOUR OWN BODY PEOPLE!!

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7 Allergy Guy April 17, 2015 at 11:31

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Michelle. Some would say TMI, but this is useful to know for visitors to this website. Glad you sorted things out.

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