A child or adult with a wheat allergy can develop debilitating symptoms within minutes after consuming wheat or inhaling wheat. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic response that can occur in some cases. If exposure to wheat leads to an emergency situation it is recommended to wear a wheat allergy medical ID bracelet.
Wheat allergy is one of the most common childhood food allergies but it can also affect adults. It affects approximately 0.5 percent of children and up to 1.2 percent of adults in the United States. Studies show that wheat is the food that most commonly triggers a severe and immediate allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in people over 18 years of age.
Mayo Clinic recommends avoiding these ingredients and food if you have a wheat allergy.
Some people are allergic to just one of the proteins in wheat, while others may be allergic to two or more. Having an allergy to one or multiple types of wheat protein merits wearing a medical ID.
“Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with your allergy information.” - Stanford Children's Health
The body's immune system causes symptoms of wheat allergy. Exposure to a wheat protein (albumin, globulin, gliadin, and gluten) primes the immune system for an allergic reaction. Even if an allergic person tries to avoid wheat altogether, wheat is found in many foods, including some you might not suspect. An allergic reaction can also be caused by cross-contamination.
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Symptoms of wheat allergy can cause throat swelling making it difficult to breathe and speak. It can prevent patients in communicating critical health information, especially for young children.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, people who have previously experienced only mild symptoms may suddenly experience anaphylaxis.
This is why a medical ID is essential. Unless a child or adult with wheat allergy wears a medical ID bracelet or necklace, symptoms can be misdiagnosed and delay life-saving treatment such as an epinephrine injection or EpiPen shot.
"A medical identification bracelet that describes the allergy and need for emergency care can help if you experience anaphylaxis and can't communicate." - Mayo Clinic
Wearing a custom engraved medical alert ID for wheat allergy is necessary for safety and peace of mind. Information found on a medical ID can make the difference in avoiding accidental exposure to wheat and receiving appropriate care in emergencies.
The most common medical ID jewelry choice for wheat allergy is a bracelet or wristband. Offered in many different styles, metal types, and colors to help you select the right wheat allergy bracelet for you.
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In emergency situations, first responders are trained to first look for key medical information on a bracelet or necklace. If the person only has a wheat allergy card in their wallet, medical professionals will not be aware of the vital medical information and open the possibility of misdiagnosing or worsening the situation.
You should wear a medical alert bracelet for a wheat allergy if you are at risk of an anaphylactic reaction to wheat exposure, or if your medical provider recommends it. Make sure to include any “EpiPen” information on your medical ID if needed.
There is no official wheat allergy symbol so it is best to engrave “Wheat Allergy” or “ALGY: Wheat” on your medical ID. Make sure to include any other vital life saving information and emergency contacts if possible.
It’s always a good idea to carry a wheat allergy card, even if you wear a bracelet or a necklace. On the wallet card you can expand upon any other critical medical information and use it for non-emergency situations.