If you suffer from gluten or wheat allergies, you know that the two conditions (though often confused) are fundamentally different. If you suspect you may have one or the other are know someone who does, it is critical to understand the distinctions between the two.
Gluten-Related Disorders vs. Wheat Allergies
For starters, one is a diagnosable medical issue, while the other is a catch-call term used to refer to a variety of issues. Technically speaking, there is no such thing as a gluten allergy, but there are such things as gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, gluten ataxia, and other gluten-related disorders. A wheat allergy, on the other hand, is a diagnosable condition in which the body rejects all or part of the wheat plant, of which the protein gluten is one part.
Wheat allergies and gluten allergies are similar in that they are both largely treatable by implementing dietary restrictions. However, people with gluten-related disorders and sensitivities generally only need to adhere to a gluten-free diet, while people with wheat allergies must stay away from all products that contain wheat, and products labeled “gluten free” may not necessarily be “wheat free.”
Primary Care Doctors in Fort Worth & the Surrounding Areas
If you suspect you have a gluten-related disorder, wheat allergy, or other food sensitivity, it is important to seek care immediately. Prolonged suffering of related symptoms (which often include bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, and others) can even become a drain on your mental and emotional health and affect all aspects of your life. Contact a physician if your symptoms are disrupting your life and causing you pain.
At Primary Care Associates of Texas, we do whatever it takes to help you identify the root cause of your symptoms and take action to regain normalcy. We are experienced primary care physicians with offices all over North Texas, and we are prepared to begin serving you as soon as possible.