Allergy or intolerance? what’s the difference?

allergy or intolerance

allergy or intolerance
An intolerance is the inability of the body to digest an item properly, whether it is a food intolerance or an environmental factor (a non-food intolerance). Intolerances can occur due to a number of reasons, the two most common of which are:

● The body lacks the necessary digestive enzymes for the given food and therefore cannot digest the item properly or take the nutrients from it efficiently. A sensitivity resulting from excessive consumption or overexposure.

● Many symptoms are the result of a sensitivity to a particular item. A sensitivity can occur due to overconsumption or overexposure to an item.

To find out if you have an intolerance or sensitivity to a food or non-food item, it is wise to do a test ASAP. many people are suffering for example from salicylate intolerance symptoms and they simply unaware – until they find out in a test.

Find out if you have an intolerance or sensitivity to a food or non-food item.

Allergies are detected by measuring the count of immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the blood, as these are specific blood cells that help fight allergies. If you have an allergy to a particular food or non-food item, your body will begin to react the moment you come into contact with it.

Common allergic reactions can include localized swelling (i.e. of the throat or tongue), a rash, or difficulty breathing. Peanuts, shellfish, eggs, and soy are among some of the most common allergens.

In comparison, an intolerance is not as severe and immediate as an allergy. These symptoms appear gradually, from 30 minutes to 48 hours later. @ Symptoms such as headaches, bloating, localized itching, or skin irritations such as eczema, excess mucus production, excess gas, diarrhea, and fatigue.

The most common method of diagnosing allergies is with a simple blood test, which usually looks at the levels of IgE or IgG in the blood. IgE allergies are immediate responses to a foreign substance that has entered the body. These foreign substances can come from food or inhalation. IgE allergies can cause very serious symptoms such as shortness of breath, inflammation, and hives. In even more severe cases, IgE reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock.

IgG4 food sensitivities are generally less severe than IgE food allergies and typical symptoms may include; headaches and nausea, seizures and hyperactivity. These can occur hours or even days after the offending food has been ingested. The degree and severity of symptoms vary due to the genetic makeup of the individual. IgG allergies are generally treated by eliminating problem foods from the diet and aiding digestion with probiotics.

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By Allergies Info Center
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