Gluten Allergy Symptoms

by Allergy Guy

Gluten allergy symptoms can be very distressing, but the good news is they can be managed.  This article will help you decide if you might have a gluten allergy.  Other articles on this website help describe how to manage it.

Whether you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease, management is the same: avoid all gluten. Still, I highly recommend you get a test for celiac to rule out this disease. If you have a gluten allergy, you don’t need to worry about tiny amounts of gluten in your diet as long as you feel OK. On the other hand, if you have celiac disease, you must eliminate all gluten, even if you feel OK.

Gluten allergies are relatively common. Some studies indicate that 1 in 167 apparently healthy children (0.6%) and 1 in 111 adults (0.9%) have a gluten allergy. When people with gastrointestinal complaints were studied, 1 in 40 children (2.5%) and 1 in 30 adults (3.3%) were found to have a gluten allergy. This makes a gluten allergy quite common, especially when people with chronically uncomfortable guts are considered.

The only way to verify a gluten allergy is by going on a gluten-free diet and seeing if symptoms go away.  watch out for the following symptoms as a guideline.

Symptoms of a Gluten Allergy

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Please note several things when considering this list:

  1. Individual symptoms can vary tremendously. Someone with a gluten allergy will probably not have all of these symptoms, and may have other symptoms not listed here.
  2. Although some symptoms seem contradictory, it is possible to alternate between one symptom and another, for example between diarrhoea and constipation.
  3. Just because someone has one, some or all of these symptoms, does not mean to say they definitely have a gluten allergy. Other causes are possible.

Unless you have celiac, you can often decide whether to include gluten in your diet based on how you feel when you eat gluten. If eliminating gluten from your diet makes you feel better, and you find it is worth the effort, then that is enough reason to stop eating wheat, barley and rye.

For parents, it is a matter of observing your children’s behavior as well as asking them how they feel.

Doctors often think they know better. If you feel better when you avoid gluten, follow what your body tells you.

Avoiding gluten can be the key to more energy and clear thinking for many people.

There are tests to see if you have celiac disease or a type-I food sensitivity (classic allergy).

These are not the only root cause for a gluten sensitivity however. Many, if not most people who are effected by gluten will get negative test results.

This is why I strongly recommend an elimination diet, even if laboratory tests come up negative.

Gluten and Fatigue

One of my biggest complaints when I am suffering from my allergies is fatigue. Everything and anything seems like too much effort.

There are many reasons why you might feel fatigue. If you’ve looked into other causes and not come up with anything, I suggest you try cutting out wheat, rye, and barley, in other words gluten, from your diet for eight weeks and see if you get some, most or all of your energy back.

Gluten Allergy and Leaky Gut Syndrome

There is a close link between gluten allergy and leaky gut syndrome.  For more information, see the article leaky gut syndrome on this website.

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Gluten Allergies – What is Your Experience?

What is your experience with gluten allergy symptoms?  Have you been able to diagnose your gluten allergy?  Are you sure that is what you have?  Were you tested for celiac disease?  Please share your questions, comments and experiences.  Leave a comment.

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1 nancy December 1, 2012 at 22:01

when my daughter eats gluten products she gets pain in her feet, she can’t walk and says it feels like her feet are bubbling from the inside. Has anyone else experienced this effect or heard of anything like this.


2 Tracy June 23, 2013 at 16:46

Yes, my 12 year old son has been telling me this. Just started researching food allergies due to his symptoms.


3 foods that cause gout December 20, 2012 at 03:19

Very good website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover
the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get feedback from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!


4 Sue January 20, 2013 at 16:09

My daughter is newly diagnosed with Crohns disease. She is 17.
Her whole life she had severe moods swings which made it difficult to attend school and on top of the there were always numerous ear infections, asthma, tonsilitis, abscesses…abdominal pain, so she had a lot of really bad days. She finally became very ill a year ago with severe bleeding from the bowel and diahrea.
She is now on Remicaide for the Crohns but we have cut dairy and gluten from her diet as well.
Afer being gluten and dairy free-she has not used her puffers and she no longer suffers from mood swings and is very even tempered, she is like the kid I used to see only on the “good days”. Her Crohns still gives her issues. But mentally she is normal. My nephew also had similar mood swings. Medication was tried to improve his mental condition. These failed miserably. He actually got worse and at age 8 was no longer able to attend school. As a last ditch effort he was taken off dairy and gluten. The Phychologists do not believe in this gluten free diet- but it worked. He is back at regular school for the first time in 3 years. While he is still not 100% his good days far out number his bad days and he is a different person.His rages have stopped and he is not on medication.


5 Allergy Guy January 21, 2013 at 21:37

That’s great news for both your daughter and your nephew, thanks for sharing!


6 Richard Warren October 10, 2013 at 16:38

What is all this strange insurgence of gluten allergies. Is anyone sure if it is a corn allergy. It is difficult to buy a bread, a cereal, or a food that does not have corn syrup, HFCS, dextrose, maltodextrin, dextrin, and about 300 other hidden corn ingredients in it. Is the corn industry hiding the truth. I hardly heard of anyone having an allergy to gluten years ago. But, now all our processed food is loaded with corn ingredients. The farmers spray their fruits and vegetagels with a corn spray. Eggs are sprayed with a corn spray and some say that it penetrates into the eggs.


7 Allergy Guy October 11, 2013 at 08:48

No doubt, corn allergies are common too. But many people, including myself, must avoid wheat and gluten, but are OK with corn. Hardly anyone had any kind of allergy years ago. More people have allergies now, and more people are aware of the symptoms. And probably some people see allergies because they look for them, but sometimes it’s something else.


8 art maressa January 7, 2014 at 15:01

my son has been eating cereal all his life,he,s 16,lately after eating life cereal in the am he says heis throat starts feeling numb and he gets the shakes any ideas on this? he went to eating toast


9 Allergy Guy January 12, 2014 at 13:30

It could be the milk added to the cereal, or something else in the ingredients. Have you checked for any other possible culprits?


10 Sandra Lengel June 7, 2014 at 20:39

I think I’m allergy to gluten and have cut out all wheat out of my diet and watching my sugars, but don’t seem to have much energy. Is that normal?


11 Allergy Guy June 8, 2014 at 16:52

Do you have less energy after cutting out gluten, or that you haven’t noticed an increase in energy since cutting out gluten?
It can take several weeks – or even months – for gluten to clear from your system. You may slowly regain energy, or suddenly gain quite a bit after a few weeks, it really depends on the individual, and of course if gluten really is the problem. Some people have to cut out all gluten (even the occasional crumb, otherwise they almost have to start over. So are you sure you are cutting out all gluten (not most wheat,


wheat, as well as oats, barely and rye)? Speaking of oats, there is controversy over whether it is really gluten or not. Assume it is and cut it out until you either get better or decide gluten is not the problem, then think about if you want to try oats or not.

Feel free to ask more questions


12 Yee Ah Beng July 29, 2014 at 22:58

Dear Mr Allergy Guy,
Thank you for your information on gluten allergy and symptoms.
You mentioned 3 cereals – wheat, rye and barley containing gluten. What about other cereals like oat, rice etc.?


13 Allergy Guy July 31, 2014 at 15:19

Actually, four: wheat, rye, barely and oats. There is debate about oats but I suggest avoiding them, even the supposedly “gluten-free” types.
Other grains, such as rice and corn, do have their own types of gluten protiens, but these are not associated with celiac disease. You could still be allergic to them. If you are allergic to wheat gluten, are you therefor allergic to rye or corn gluten? More likely the former than the latter, but with allergies, anything is possible.


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