Wheat allergy and the wheat harvest – house bound!

It’s harvest time. The wind is blowing in swirling sweeps and the sun is shining and I am inside with the windows closed. This is because I’m allergic to wheat or just the sheer amount of dust in the air.

I’m quite glad it’s not as sunny today and most of the wheat has been harvested and is now being bailed and transported to wherever bails of wheat go to… but let me tell you, that wheat dust gets airborne and it gets everywhere.

Living opposite a wheat field during harvest time - wheat allergy

Living opposite a wheat field during harvest time – wheat allergy

The wheezing wasn’t too bad but it was noticably worse if I went outside. The trouble being that harvesting wheat is very dusty business. The wheat gets airborne and the wind blows it everywhere.

Yesterday I was swelting in beach wear inside (slight exageration but I would have been more comfortable in a bikini) with the fans going full blast, every loose bit of paper drifting around the office, but today is cooler so less uncomfortable.

Wheat harvest at sunset

I’m not complaining either as I love to look out over the beautiful golden wheat sheafs bristling and blowing like waves of water in the breeze. I see muntjac deer and rabbits feeding around the edges of the crop and it’s the perfect view from my office window.

Dust mask for avoiding airborne allergens

Dust mask for avoiding airborne allergens

Harvest only lasts a few days but I’m guessing it could effect me for a bit longer if other farmers are still harvesting around the area.

Now this dust mask is really useful, not only when I’m dusting and doing dusty jobs in the house but also when it’s a bit wheaty outside.

If you see me around town wearing this do smile and give me a wave.

My top tip would be, once you’ve done the dusty job in the house the coast is not yet clear… try to use a damp cloth but if dust has become airborne, try to go out for a bit until the dust has settled or keep the mask on for about 30 – 45 minutes. My mistake is often to whisk it off too soon as my face gets hot wearing it. Saves me an asthma attack but if you remove the mask too soon you’re likely to have one anyway which kind of defeats the object.

I cannot remember where this one came from. I was sent it to try out by a company who are probably eagerly awaiting a blog about it. Please do get in touch if it was your company. Apologies for my awful housekeeping – both with regards to dust and failing to keep the details of where the dust mask came from. It would be really useful for everyone who might like to try this tip for avoiding the dust. If only they knew where to buy one? #holdsheadinshame

Does anyone else with a wheat allergy notice any reactions during harvest time? Usually I get a year off as the crops get rotated but then the husband reacts to the rape. I love the yellow vibrancy of the rape crop flowers though but I know many are allergic to the pollen it releases.

Is it the wheat making me wheezy or is it just general hay fever or irritation from all the dust, regardless of the kind of dust?

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Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. http://www.whatallergy.com was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She runs a support group for the Anaphylaxis Campaign and also writes regularly for Exchange, The National Eczema Society quarterly magazine.


  1. Hi! My name is Faizan and I am also highly allergic to the wheatdust from my childhood. In the beginning Doctors whom my parents consulted, diagnosed asthma and accordingly I underwent the treatment of the same. But when my problem had not been subsided my parents took me to a child specialist who was named as Dr. Dutt who diagnosed my problem as an allergy but he was not sure about the kind of. But after some visits when my parents reported him about some clear symptoms of, he confirmed my disease as Wheatdust Allergy. Since then I use to shut myself down in a room in harvest season. Still I don’t know much about the wheatdust allergy so I am very eager to. Things like precautions, prevention and treatment.

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