Buckwheat Allergy: Rare Food Allergy

Wondering how you got that itch after eating that Asian noodle and why wheat-free bread suddenly causes you skin redness. The alternate substance that helps us avoid allergic reaction to rice and wheat may and possibly can cause us the same allergies. Buckwheat is used as a substitute for wheat, rice and rye. It is used in baked products such as bread, pancakes and biscuits. It is also used to make noodles and porridge. Buckwheat is even used in filling pillows.

This weed is grown almost worldwide, but is especially common in China and Iraq. Buckwheat is largely consumed in Asian countries, in particular in Japan. It causes allergies due to a glycoprotein that it contains that causes an adverse immune response known to us as Buckwheat allergy.

Symptoms of Buckwheat Allergy

Symptoms of buckwheat allergy are dependent on how buckwheat was used in a product. Ingested products with buckwheat produces food allergy symptom and buckwheat chaff used in pillows can cause nocturnal asthma. So what specific symptoms do we note in this type of allergy?

Skin rashes are a common symptom of an allergic reaction to buckwheat. A mild skin rash may be pink in color, hot to the touch and itch. A more severe reaction may include hives. Hives are raised, pale, red bumps that last for up to a day. They will go away on their own but can be extremely itching. Sometimes, they may burn or sting. Swelling and bloating can occur with a skin rash or by themselves.

If the swelling is in the face or throat, it can easily constrict the airways making it difficult to breathe which may cause an asthma attack as well. Another symptom is eye redness or better known as Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis. It is the inflammation of the membrane covering the white part of the eye. Redness will appear on the white part of the eyes. The eyes will normally be itchy and causes tearing. And the worst symptom reaction to allergy is anaphylaxis that can lead to a fatal shock if left untreated.


Avoiding allergens is the best prevention to any allergic reaction. So how do we avoid buckwheat allergy? Do we not eat every noodle, bread, pancake, and food containing buckwheat? Definitely!

When we are food shopping or dining outside we have to specifically ask if the food we buy or served to us has had ingredients that contain buckwheat. We have to be strict in checking the details of the food products we ingest, because a small amount of allergens may cause our lives.

Staying in other places like hotels should may us cautious of the type of pillow filling they use. We have to be sure that the pillow we use is not made of buckwheat chaff. Some beauty centers use flour or cereal containing products in there pampering and facial sessions we have to check if this products does not have that certain type of protein that is present in buckwheat and other wheat, rye and rice that we are allergic to.


Know that you are allergic to buckwheat. Get a skin test for buckwheat allergy and all your allergies. If we are allergic to one substance it is a big possibility that we can have an unusual response to others as well, so it is better that we are knowledgeable of this.

Treating of allergic reaction is symptomatic. This entails that we have to consult medical attention as early as possible when we are experiencing any sign of allergic reaction.

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