Can wheat allergies be cured?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, particularly in adults, wheat allergies cannot be cured and those with wheat allergies must handle their condition by avoiding wheat. However, children may outgrow major food allergies, including allergies to wheat. Wheat allergies are typically seen in infants or toddlers. Sometimes, by around the age of five, children may no longer have the allergy.

There are some alternatives that have not been approved by most medical agencies or are still being researched. Desensitization involves first removing the food entirely from the diet and then ingesting small amounts of the allergen over time. A similar method is allergy shots which involve putting small amounts of the allergen into the body by injection. Another alternative includes holding a diluted version of the food under your tongue for one to two minutes then swallowing it in order to build up an immunity before eating a food containing wheat. While these techniques are showing some promise in laboratory testing for certain allergies, they are still unproven for food allergies.

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