Food Problems: Determining Food Intolerances and Food Allergies
Food offers nourishment for the body and helps you get the best of health, however not every food is for everybody. Allergies and intolerances are serious problems faced by people in response to the intake of certain food items.
Some people are sensitive to particular foods and in response develop unfavorable reactions in their bodies including breathing problems, upset stomachs, skin rashes, fatigue, gas, and bloating. The roots behind these potential discomforts are the chemical reactions or the immune system responses against certain food items.
Although this is a common problem among the people (one in about 20 children or one in 100 adults), but professional diagnosis is important as food allergies and intolerances can prove to be life threatening.
Both food allergies and food intolerance have different symptoms on the body. To understand whether you are – or your loved one is –suffering from food intolerance or food allergy, keep on reading the passage below:
Difference between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance
It is the body’s immune system response to specific food, usually protein rich. A specific type of protein activates the production of white blood cells to attack it. As the protein enters the digestive system, the antibody Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is produced that triggers the allergic response.
The responses to these allergens can range from mind to severe and can:
- Affect the skin:
By causing rashes, hives, tingling mouth, swelling of the lips, swelling of tongue, face, or throat.
- Affect digestive track:
Such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea and gas.
- Affect respiratory track:
A dangerous drop in blood pressure is also possible.
In extreme cases, it can cause life threatening reaction anaphylaxis, which required urgent treatment.
The “Big Eights” of food allergies are: Tree nuts, seafood, protein from cow’s milk, wheat, soy, shellfish, eggs and peanuts.
Some of the food reactions may seem like allergies, but actually relate to intolerance. These do not involve the nasty reactions of your immune system, but can cause trouble equally. Food high in lactose and fructose can cause you such problems.
The problem originates in the gastrointestinal system and is led by the inability of the stomach to digest or absorb certain food or its component.
Although the problems may not be life threatening but can still cause serious issues like eczema, migraines, sinusitis, upset digestive system, diarrhea, and join pains. Only a normal size of certain food portion can produce symptoms of food intolerance.
Many treatments can ensure your tolerance to foods and determine if you have any kind of food allergy or other sensitivity to the food components. If you are experiencing reactions, consult the doctor immediately.