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Postnasal Drip After Stopping Eating Wheat Is Withdrawal Symptom?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Last week I stopped eating wheat for a couple of days and suddenly I was having postnasal drip like crazy. Today I dropped eating all wheat again and it's happening again. Maybe it's a coincidence, but I thought I'd ask if this could be some sort of withdrawal symptom for someone who is sensitive to wheat. I've heard about it happening to people when they eat wheat, but I've never heard of it being associated with giving up wheat. I haven't made any other dietary changes this week other than going without wheat. At the moment I am still eating other grains because I want to see in particular what effect wheat has on me.

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on April 09, 2013
at 08:20 PM

I was going to ask what you've been substituting for the wheat--that's probably it. You're not going to feel the full effect unless you give up ALL grains. Then once you see where you are, you can add back the corn to see how you do. Also, it's spring. My allergies are going bananas. Lots of pollen in the air!

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on April 09, 2013
at 05:54 PM

I think it could be the C, maybe also the potassium and mag, some of the things that papayas are high in too, and I can eat a whole one pretty easily.

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on April 09, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Yes turkeytyme, when I eat the wheat, it doesn't seem to bug me, but once I stop, like the day or two after, it kicks in, so it seems like a detox of sorts?

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:56 PM

I just realized that at the same time I was probably eating more corn than usual so it may actually be corn that is causing my postnasal drip, not the giving up of wheat.

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:53 PM

These things are so hard to sort out, aren't they?

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:53 PM

But does it get worse for you when you stop the wheat? That is what happened to me.

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on April 09, 2013
at 07:03 AM

Funny you mention that, oranges/orange juice is the most helpful food for my post-nasal drip. Maybe it's vitamin C?

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on April 09, 2013
at 07:31 AM

It could be your body detoxing... Who knows! Everyone has different reactions to these things. I had the opposite reaction... when I stopped eating wheat all my post-nasal drip disappeared! It was NUTS. I was way chronic with sinus issues... I hope you figure it out because I know how miserable that can be!

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:53 PM

These things are so hard to sort out, aren't they?

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on April 09, 2013
at 04:18 AM

If I slip up and have some wheat (which always ends up leading to a few days of wheat products for me, sometimes a week of morning croissants until I get my head back on straight), I always have the post nasal drip afterwards. My tongue also coats when I start eating it, kind of blotchy, and then it seems to go away after the nasal drip is gone. I also tend to eat a lot of fruit when I get back on the wagon because it helps me, and I don't know if that has anything to do with it, like I will have a whole melon or papaya for breakfast and lunch, or pineapples, and that could be a part of it.

As someone else said, it could be allergies too. I would just see how you continue to feel. Wishing you the best.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on April 09, 2013
at 05:54 PM

I think it could be the C, maybe also the potassium and mag, some of the things that papayas are high in too, and I can eat a whole one pretty easily.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on April 09, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Yes turkeytyme, when I eat the wheat, it doesn't seem to bug me, but once I stop, like the day or two after, it kicks in, so it seems like a detox of sorts?

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on April 09, 2013
at 04:53 PM

But does it get worse for you when you stop the wheat? That is what happened to me.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 09, 2013
at 07:03 AM

Funny you mention that, oranges/orange juice is the most helpful food for my post-nasal drip. Maybe it's vitamin C?

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on April 09, 2013
at 03:26 AM

It could be the wheat, or it could be something else. Depending on where you live, allergy season is starting. There's so many environmental factors that could cause sinus issues, from it being dry to irritants in the air. It takes weeks to see if a food is causing a reaction, because there are so many variables that our bodies deal with every day.

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33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

on April 09, 2013
at 01:50 AM

All I know is that wheat caused chronic sinus infections until I developed post-nasal drip. When I stopped eating it, the serious infections stopped but I still have post-nasal drip around 2 years later. If anything, that aspect did get worse because when I was eating wheat it was cyclic: sometimes post-nasal drip, sometimes extreme inflammation and dryness. Wheat just really messes with some people's immune systems, it's kind of unpredictable.

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