Wheat Allergy

A wheat allergy is one of the most common food allergies.  Unfortunately, wheat is everywhere—not just in obvious foods like breads and pastas but also in unlikely foods such as soy sauce, fried foods, some puddings and hot dogs.  Manufacturers now produce many products that are free of wheat and proteins found in wheat (such as gluten), but these products often lack the nutrients found in wheat-containing foods.

Wheat allergy symptoms:

  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Skin rashes
  • Runny or stuffed-up nose
  • Asthma
  • Wheezing
  • Severe anaphylactic reaction (less common)

Managing wheat allergy:

With recent medical advances1, there is another option than simply avoiding wheat altogether.  A treatment known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has shown promise in desensitizing people to allergy-causing foods.  With SLIT, an allergy serum is taken sublingually (under the tongue) where it absorbs into the bloodstream.  The serum contains extracts of allergenic foods (like wheat) and serves to help people build up an immunity to these foods so it will stop overreacting to them in ways that lead to troubling symptoms.

AllergyEasy physicians offer sublingual immunotherapy for food allergies to nearly 60 foods including wheat, eggs, rice, soy, apples, onions, and more.  Contact AllergyEasy to find a clinic near you that offers sublingual immunotherapy.

1Click to read medical literature on SLIT.  (See “Sublingual Immunotherapy for Food Allergies” articles.)

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.