My doctor reviewed the record but still couldn’t figure out what I was allergic to. So he referred me to an allergist for skin testing, which showed I was allergic to mold. Board-certified allergists are specialists trained to help you take control of your allergies and asthma, so you can live the life you want. They understand the ins and outs of allergy testing and oversee what happens during and after test sample analysis.
These skills are important because there are many variables that affect allergy test results. If these nuances are missed or wrongly interpreted by physicians who do not specialize in allergies and asthma, you may not get the best treatment to relieve your symptoms. The primary protein the immune system attacks when allergic to wheat is gluten.
For both types of skin tests, positive reactions usually appear within 20 minutes. Sometimes redness and swelling can occur several hours after skin testing.
Read on to learn about the relationship between food allergies and weight gain. Very small amounts of allergens are tested on your skin, so skin testing is safe. During the test, the allergist will watch for a possible severe allergic reaction, but it rarely happens. With my mom’s help, I kept a record of my allergy symptoms for 2 weeks. I wrote down when I had my symptoms, how long they lasted, where I was, what I was doing and medicines I took for them.
Because wheat is found in breads, pasta, crackers, and even beer, wheat products are tough to avoid. Sometimes severe reactions — like anaphylaxis — are triggered by exercising or taking aspirin after eating a wheat product. These may enhance an allergy by triggering the same biological mechanisms that produce an allergic reaction to wheat. Some who work with wheat flour may experience breathing problems, or “Baker’s Asthma,” from inhaling wheat allergens but experience no side effects when eating.