Is food intolerance the same thing as a food allergy?

April 14, 2009

A person who suffers a food intolerance is not allergic to that particular food.
However, some people, particularly children, are allergic to certain foods.

Common culprits include:

  • strawberries
  • peanuts
  • milks products
  • eggs
  • gluten

When someone eats a food to which he or she is allergic, there’s usually a fairly swift and obvious response. Allergic reactions can be caused by exposure to a very, very small amount of a substance; for instance, foods containing just a trace of peanuts or a minuscule amount of seafood can cause anaphylaxis in people allergic to them.

This is not the case in food intolerance.

Common allergic reactions

These include a skin rash, often similar to hives. Other responses include asthma or hay fever. Very rarely, an allergic reaction to foods can be life-threatening, due to a severe response called Anaphylaxis.

How about Skin Testings?
Injections into the skin of proteins prepared from suspected causes of the allergy can help discover possible culprits. These tests should be administered by a doctor with a special interest in this area: This could be a GP, an allergist or an immunologist.

Best Regards
Paul Smith

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