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Are wheat allergies serious?

Wheat allergies can be very serious—but the severity of them varies from person to person. In a mild reaction-symptoms like rash and swelling are merely uncomfortable. But individuals with wheat allergies can suffer a very dangerous reaction called anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis comes on quickly, within minutes of exposure to the allergen. Its symptoms include trouble breathing, dizziness, chest pain, loss of consciousness and change in skin color from lack of oxygen. People who know they suffer from this reaction typically carry doses of self-injecting epinephrine (adrenaline). Even after injecting themselves with epinephrine, individuals with anaphylaxis should seek immediate medical attention, for the condition can be fatal.

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