Wheat allergy, the most prevalent food allergy, is most common in young children, usually developing in the infancy and toddler years. Some infants and young children will appear to lose their wheat allergies between the ages of three and five, however some will merely be in remission until their 20s or 30s. Some children will continue to experience wheat allergies throughout their lives. While wheat allergies that develop in adolescence or adulthood are rare.
Disease Statistics: More than 330,000 Canadians are believed to be affected by celiac disease with only approximately 110,000 diagnosed. Each year, families affected by celiac disease spend $150 million to obtain gluten-free foodstuffs; the primary therapeutic option for the disease.Nearly 30% of Canadian children with celiac disease are initially misdiagnosed. As 30% of celiac disease patients may develop a malignancy, adhering to a gluten-free diet is critical for preventive purposes in spite of the personal costs.
Allergic reactions are generally treated one of two ways: with antihistamines or with epinephrine. For mild reactions, taking an antihistamine at the first sign of a reaction will reduce your symptoms and relieve pain or discomfort. For anaphylaxis, an epinephrine shot will need to be administered through an auto-injector or by a medical professional.
The Canadian Celiac Association/L’Association canadienne de la maladie coeliaque (CCA/ACMC) is a volunteer-based, federally registered charitable organization founded in 1972. The Association's initial objectives were to provide information on sources of gluten-free food, to foster research and to encourage mutual support among celiacs. Today the Association serves people with Celiac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis through 28 affiliated chapters and 30 satellite groups across Canada.