Anyone have issues with hives AFTER starting gluten free?

Hives was not one of my symptoms before going gluten free. I had pain in my right side under my ribs. Ruled everything else out, dr. said eliminate gluten. I did, then also dairy because I kept getting the pain every time I ate dairy. Both have been out of my diet completely for around 2 weeks. Now suddenly I have been breaking out in hives! The other morning I only had coffee with non-dairy creamer and broke out. Today it was after a bowl of tomatoes and cucumbers with Catalina dressing! It's happened for 3 days now. Had to take Benadryl today. I also get itchiness in my mouth and throat. I do have seasonal allergies so, could it be that? I'm going crazy!! Will be making an appt. at an allergist but was just wondering if anyone has had anything similar happen.

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  • I cannot see any reason for a GP telling you to eliminate gluten from your diet without carrying out any tests or investigations. Hives or Urticaria I had prior to being tested for CD and it did not go away when I went on a coeliac diet. My Urticaria is the result of a formaldehyde allergy which after moving home twice and going out as little as I have to is getting under control, It took 8 years to get this allergy diagnosed. I also get pains under my right rib when I have dairy products so something else to avoid. Instant coffee is just one product that produces formaldehyde and I have to avoid, fresh ground is fine.

    Might I suggest an appointment with a Cutaneous Allergy Clinic for patch testing to investigate your hives.

  • They did do tests hence I said ruled everything else out. Its not celiac for sure, which is why after everything else was negative my gastroenterologist suggested gluten free. With removing both gluten & dairy the pain has gone away. Now its just the hives. An allergist will be the next step. Was just curious if anyone else dealt with this.

  • When I was patch tested at St Thomas' Hospital, London I was told that Kings Hospital carry out food allergy testing, if that is any help.

    My referrals was done through a Consultant Dermatologist

  • This is not much help but:-

    As a coeliac I follow a strict gluten free diet. After a couple of years or so on the diet (and feeling much better) I developed hives which would appear all over my body - then disappear whilst I waited for a doctor's appointment - and they itched and itched at night till I was nearly demented. I had allergy tests, dermatologist appointments, you name it I had it.

    The problem stayed for over two years - then suddenly went!

  • I suffered from hives every summer for years until I went gluten free.

    At one stage it was so severe I had allergy testing and they reckoned I was safer avoiding wheat/potatoes/chocolate and all red fruits. (of course before going GF I was eating plenty of all of those!) .

    Since changing my diet I have had just one small hive appear which disappeared with medication, previously I had been known to end up in A and E at 4 am begging for a piriton drip to allow me some respite after no sleep for days due to the itching.

    The only sure fire medication was Optimine but that made me so sleepy I couldn't work.

    Have you started eating more of anything since you changed your diet? Red fruits perhaps?

    It sounds as if something has changed if you were ok previously.

    I hope you can fix it, the constant burning and itching is a nightmare I agree...

  • You sound a bit like me! I have been gluten free for about 8 months now. I started getting hives about 4 months ago.. no idea why. They are sometimes really itchy but they do go away after a couple of hours...until the next day! Decided not to bother with the docs again unless they get worse. Since being gluten free I have been feeling so much better although I have tested negative for CD. I also have pain under my ribs which radiates to my right shoulder. Docs can't find anything.

  • I wondered if the problem had anything to connect it with dermatitis herpetiformis (try google) but my doctor poo pooed it. I am fed up with doctors not taking CD seriously, some of them don't seem to have any idea what it entails - I was once told to try introducing gluten to my diet gradually, half a slice of wholewheat bread a day! (and yes I have changed my doctor).

    Reen, someone on here found her pain under the ribs went when she cut out dairy for a few weeks.


    for anyone that still suffers with this condition, this homeopathic remedy is the only thing that helped me. it's natural and can be taken as needed. i did 3 tablets under the tongue every 2 hours until symptoms subsided. then every 4 hours for an extra few days. good luck

  • I thought I had CD but was diagnosed with wheat allergy from blood tests. Also probable barley and rye. I get severe pain under ribs for about 8 days after ingestion, also hives which come and go, and permanent lumps on arms. I avoid gluten free food unless it is also wheat free on label. Get better soon.


  • Two weeks ago I found out I was allergic to gluten and have been off of it since then. I have just gotten hives all over my body today and I have never had them before in my life. It has to be connected. I'm thinking of going back on gluten! Any suggestions???

  • I went off of gluten 2 weeks ago and now have an awful case of hives. Has to be connected to gluten free as I've never had hives before. Any suggestions?

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