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Food allergies are common health issues that can affect anyone. Allergic reaction happen when your body considers a particular substance or food item as a threat. Consequently, it creates specific proteins to fight against such foods.

Amongst the various food allergies, oats allergy can affect some people. When someone with oats allergy consumes oats, their immune system perceives avenins, a type of protein found in oats that are similar in structure to gluten, as foreign invaders and produces antibodies to fight them. This immune response can lead to the release of chemicals in the body, such as histamine, which can cause a range of symptoms.

This immune response can lead to the following oat allergy symptoms:

  • Tightness in chest
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Itchy rash around the mouth
  • Sneezing

An allergy to oats can produce distinct symptoms in different individuals. Hence, if you notice one or more of such signs after eating oats, you should visit or consult a physician.

Some people may also experience oats intolerance, a non-immune response to the carbohydrates or fibers present in oats. It is more common that oats allergy and is characterised by symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea.

To get timely treatment, it is crucial to undergo oat allergy testing. However, your doctor will analyse the following factors before suggesting an oat allergy test:

  • Your history of gluten intolerance
  • Symptoms after consuming oats
  • Existing medications

After evaluating these parameters, a physician will recommend the test. An oat allergy test isn’t different from a simple blood test. During the test, a lab technician will take a sample of your blood to identify the presence of IgE antibodies.

If your blood specimen contains these proteins, it is evident that you have an allergy to oats. Your doctor will study these reports and suggest treatment regimen.

In the beginning, your doctor or dietician may suggest a complete exclusion of an oat-based diet. Later, the medical experts will observe any impact on the oat allergy symptoms. If there are drastic improvements, you may need to avoid oat-based foods in the future.

In addition, medicines like antihistamines can help relieve oat allergy symptoms. You may also require an epinephrine auto-injector if your oat intolerance is severe. Here are some of the foods to avoid if your blood test results indicate an allergy to oats:   

  • Granola
  • Porridge
  • Cookies
  • Pudding
  • Oat bread
  • Oat milk

Also, you should check whether some foodstuffs like muffins or cakes contain oats. In this case, it is always advisable to avoid the consumption of such food items.

Timely antibodies testing is crucial to determine a food allergy. As a result, you should choose a reliable pathology lab for undergoing an oat allergy test. Apollo 24|7 offers this testing at reasonable rates. You can receive the reports within a span of eight days in most cases.

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Sensitivity to oats is an uncommon phenomenon. However, you can have this allergy due to sensitivity to gluten or avenin. In addition, celiac disease patients can also show allergic symptoms after consuming oats. Hence, although uncommon, you still have a small chance of being allergic to oats.
If you want a low histamine diet, consuming oatmeal can prove as a suitable option. Also, other this food does not necessarily boost histamine production. However, everyone’s body reacts differently to foods. Hence, your immune system can still produce IgE antibodies if you have oat intolerance.
Bloating and gas are well-known side effects of eating oats in large quantities. Hence, you should begin consuming oats in smaller proportions. Gradually, you can increase your intake to enjoy other health benefits.
Oats are a fantastic source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fibre. They can help in weight loss and lowering blood sugar levels. Also, oats can lead to a reduction in the risk of heart diseases.
Cooking oats for longer durations is advisable to eat this food item. In addition, pureeing them can break the larger chunks into smaller pieces prior to cooking. Hence, your body can digest such oats more efficiently. Identifying whether your immune system adapts to these foods is still necessary.
Consuming oatmeal in large quantities can cause bloating, weight gain, muscle mass shedding, and malnutrition. Also, oats can lead to a significant rise in your sugar intake. Hence, it is vital to assess whether you are sensitive to this food through oat allergy testing. If your report signifies that you can consume oats, ensure that you eat them in moderate proportion.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results