Here is a comment that is quite typical of what people with asthma often notice when they cut out wheat or gluten.I too suffered from asthma as a small child and suffered through allergy shots, medication and repeated hospitalizations until I “outgrew” it in early adulthood.
In the last few years my allergies (sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and wheezing) worsened. I visited an allergy specialist and was diagnosed as severely allergic to cats and dust mites. I took allergy shots for threes years and used a variety of medications including inhalers to help with the symptoms.
Over the last year, my symptoms seemed to increase. The medications only offered limited relief, but made me feel tired and feeling worse than when I sneezed and coughed all day.
I noticed one day after drinking half a beer (which I rarely consume), that I began to sneeze and my throat itched. AHHH! I thought, maybe I have a wheat allergy as well..(my allergy specialist had not checked for food allergies as I could not point to one food that set off my symptoms).
Wheat, however, was one of the many things I had been found to be allergic to as a child. I decided to eliminate wheat and any gluten from my diet. After only about 4 days of eliminating gluten, I have stopped sneezing, my head is no longer congested, and I have rarely wheezed or coughed.
WOW!! I can’t wait to see how good I feel after a couple of weeks as I am sure some of the “remains” of the gluten I had consumed prior to 4 days ago are likely still lingering in my system. I have not felt this good in several months…. and have not used my inhaler, or taken ANY allergy medications.
I intend to continue the gluten free diet and have found the substitutions available to be very tasty. The bonus has been a noticed decrease in bloating, gas and indigestion as well…. and I have actually lost a couple of pounds.
That’s a great story, Debby! Notice how Debby noticed the connection between the beer and the allergy symptoms, taking the logical leap that wheat was the cause. It may not have been, but Debby turned out to be right, lucky for her.
I also noticed that her allergist did not test her for a wheat or gluten allergy. I find this surprising because they are common allergies, and she already had a history of wheat allergy. Often, we can diagnose ourselves better than the doctor.
What is your experience with gluten allergy and asthma? How did you make the connection? Please leave a comment and share your experience.