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About the Rye + Wheat Allergy Test
The cerascreen® Rye + Wheat Allergy Test determines the number of specific IgE antibodies to wheat and rye in your blood. It tells you whether you are sensitised to wheat or rye and therefore possibly allergic to these grains.
Food allergies can cause your entire body to react in some way: from digestive problems and skin reactions and itching, to breathing problems and shortness of breath. This is why symptoms of cereal allergy are often difficult to detect without testing.
Rye + Wheat Allergy Test
- Take your sample at home – conveniently and discreetly
- Receive a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis
- Benefit from specific recommendations to reduce cereal allergy symptoms
- Receive the result within a few days after your sample’s arrival at the laboratory
Results report of the Rye + Wheat Allergy Test
We will inform you by email as soon as your Rye + Wheat Allergy Test sample has been analysed. You will receive your individual results report via the My cerascreen app or by logging in to your account on our website. View the report on your smartphone, tablet or computer, or simply print it out.
Find out if you are sensitised to wheat and rye with the help of a laboratory analysis. Sensitisation is a sign of an allergy. Learn how to avoid allergy triggers in your daily life with specific recommended actions. To find out more about food allergies and intolerances, visit our Health Portal.View sample report
Frequently asked questions about Rye + Wheat Allergy Test
Why test for a wheat or rye allergy?
Cereals such as wheat and rye are among our most important staple foods. Wheat is not only found in bread and pasta, but also in sauces, ready-made foods and medicines, for example. A rye or wheat allergy can severely limit what you can eat.
The fact that cereals are found in so many of the foods we eat makes it difficult to associate cereal allergy symptoms with specific foods. There are often too many other allergies and intolerances involved – and it is not advisable to simply cut out wheat and rye products from your diet on the basis of a mere suspicion.
A Rye + Wheat Allergy Test might give you a clearer idea of what you can tolerate – and you can use the test results to make targeted changes to your diet.
How does the Rye + Wheat Allergy Test work?
The Rye + Wheat Allergy Test is a home health test. You extract a small amount of blood from your fingertip with a lancet and collect the blood on the dried blood spot card provided. You send the blood sample to a certified diagnostic laboratory, which analyses your blood for IgE antibodies specific to wheat and rye allergies. After the laboratory analysis, you will receive a detailed report of the results via your My cerascreen account on our website.
What do the results of the Rye + Wheat Allergy Test tell you?
The results report will tell you whether you are sensitised to cereals and/or rye. Sensitisation means that your immune system produces an increased number of antibodies against a specific allergen. In the case of wheat and rye, the allergens are certain proteins in the grain.
Not all sensitised people automatically react with symptoms to allergens. It is only when additional symptoms appear that doctors can diagnose you with an allergy. The test result may confirm an existing suspicion or prompt you to pay special attention to the foods that are causing your allergy symptoms.
What advice do you get after taking the cereal allergy test?
If you have been diagnosed as sensitive to rye and cereals and are experiencing cereal allergy symptoms, you should avoid the foods in question, if possible. This is not easy, but the results report will give you recommendations and advice on how to avoid wheat and rye as much as possible.
You may need to take a closer look at the ingredients in processed products – wheat is often hidden in the ingredients list as a binding agent.
You will also receive nutritional advice to help you achieve a balanced diet despite your cereal allergy.
What happens when you have a rye or wheat allergy?
If you have an allergy to wheat and rye, your immune system reacts when certain proteins present in wheat and rye enter the body. These substances, which can trigger allergies, are also called allergens. The immune reactions caused by the allergens then lead to typical allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes and skin rashes.
Food allergies such as wheat and rye allergies are immediate-type allergies. Symptoms usually appear shortly after a meal containing the food.
What causes a rye or wheat allergy?
How allergies develop in detail has not yet been definitively clarified. In any case, your genes play a role – some people are simply predisposed to developing food allergies.
In addition, many researchers support the hygiene hypothesis: according to this hypothesis, we humans have too little contact with potential pathogens, especially in cities. The immune system, which is no longer sufficiently stimulated, therefore chooses to react instead to allergens that are in fact harmless.
Breast milk is considered to protect you from developing allergies when you are an infant. In some studies, children who were breastfed up to the fourth month had a lower risk of allergies.
What are the symptoms of a rye or wheat allergy?
Wheat allergy is considered to be an allergy that mainly affects children. In adults, however, it is relatively rare. Nevertheless, if a wheat allergy persists into adulthood, it can lead to anaphylactic shock, the most severe form of allergic reaction.
Typical symptoms of a cereal allergy are:
- Tingling and swelling in the mouth
- Itching, redness and swelling of the skin
- Abdominal cramps, bloating and diarrhoea
- Sneezing, sniffling and coughing to the point of shortness of breath
If, as an allergic person, you regularly come into contact with allergens that trigger symptoms in your airways, this can lead to allergic asthma. If you have a cereal allergy, this is also known as baker’s asthma: bakers constantly breathe in wheat, rye and other cereals and often develop an allergy to them.
How do you treat a rye or wheat allergy?
If you are allergic to wheat or rye, you should not eat foods containing these grains. You can also have an allergic reaction if you breathe in flour. If you have an allergy, you should not cook with wheat or rye flour either.
As a person with a wheat allergy, you should also avoid spelt, green spelt, emmer and kamut, as these cereals are closely related to wheat.
Also watch out for hidden grains in ready meals. They often contain wheat as a binding agent. The good news is that wheat is one of the allergens that is usually printed in bold on the contents of packaged foods.
If you are allergic to cereals, especially wheat, you will need to avoid many foods. In order to receive enough of all the important nutrients, you should seek nutritional advice.
Who should NOT take the Rye + Wheat Allergy Test?
The Rye + Wheat blood test is not or only partially suitable for certain groups of people:
- People with infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV should not perform the blood test.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only perform the Cereal Allergy Test under medical supervision. Reference values and recommendations do not apply. You should therefore obtain recommendations on the test result from your doctor.
- The test is not suitable for children under the age of 18.
- It is not intended to diagnose illness. If, for example, you suffer from severe pain, consult a doctor.
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This is how it works
Your test kit contains everything you need to draw a small sample of blood from your fingertip. Then send the sample back to us free of charge in the enclosed return envelope.
After the evaluation in the medical specialist laboratory, you will have online access to your personal result report.
Your access to the test results and the evidence-based findings and tips to improve your health: the my cerascreen® user profile on our website or our app.
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