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Though going gluten-free has become more popular in recent years, there are still many people who are unaware that they are allergic to gluten. Mild symptoms of a gluten allergy often still go undiagnosed.
There are of course all sorts of gluten allergy signs, but many are commonly misinterpreted and confused with symptoms of other allergies and diseases. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and if you are experiencing any of them, to cut gluten out of your diet.
12 Gluten Allergy Signs You Wouldn’t Expect
- Poor Digestion
The most common sign of a gluten allergy is any kind of trouble with digestion, from an irritable bowel and stomach pain, to bloating and gas. Because your body can’t properly digest the gluten, problems quickly arise.
- Chronic Headaches
A sensitivity to gluten can be felt in the form of mild headaches or severe migraines. If you find yourself getting headaches more often than normal, and especially after eating foods with gluten, you should get checked out.
- Constant Fatigue
If you feel tired even when you haven’t done anything, gluten intolerance could be why. Fatigue can be caused by all sorts of different deficiencies and diseases, but a gluten allergy is worth investigating further.
- Foggy Brain
Often people suffering from a gluten sensitivity feel as if they’re living in a fog and can be confused, dizzy, and have difficulty concentrating. With the fast pace of life, it’s hard enough to think clearly without gluten making things worse.
- Joint Pain
If your joints constantly hurt it could be the result of a gluten allergy causing inflammation and swelling.
- Weaker Immune System
If you get sick more often than normal, it could be because a gluten sensitivity is weakening your immune system.
- More Moody
People living with an intolerance to gluten are more likely to feel depressed, anxious, irritable, and are generally more prone to mood swings.
- Skin Conditions
Eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris are all typical gluten allergy signs. Itchy red skin, bumps, and rashes can appear just about anywhere and are commonly found on your thighs, arms, and face.
- Tooth Decay
A gluten sensitivity can actually cause your teeth to decay, defects in your enamel, and canker sores.
- Hormonal Imbalance
Gluten intolerance can affect your hormones, especially estrogen, causing irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, and weight loss or gain.
What You Should Do If You Have These Symptoms
If you have any of these symptoms or a combination of a few, you should talk to your doctor about getting tested for celiac disease. However, even if that test comes back negative, you may still be allergic to gluten and simply have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
To confirm your sensitivity you will have to try a gluten-free diet to see if your symptoms improve. It could take a while for your system to be cleared of gluten, but if you are allergic, you should notice an improvement in a few days.