With roughly 3 million new cases of food intolerance in the United States each year, it’s no surprise that people are asking the question, “what exactly is a food intolerance?” Many people mistakenly label their food intolerance as a food allergy. It’s important to know the difference between the two in order to live a healthy life. Keep reading to find out what a food intolerance and a food allergy entail.
Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergy
There are separate systems in your body that are responsible for different elements. For example, your immune system’s main objective is to fight harmful substances that enter your body. Your digestive system’s main purpose is to breakdown food into small particles then help your body absorb the particles.
Concerning your food intolerance or food allergy, your immune system and digestive system play a huge role.
When you are allergic to a certain food, your immune system misidentifies that food particle as an invader and attack it. This causes symptoms such as hives, vomiting, stomach pain, and other symptoms. Food allergies can be life-threatening and it’s important to talk to an allergist immediately if you suspect an allergy.
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A food intolerance deals with the digestive system. When you consume a food that upsets your digestive system, you may experience diarrhea, headaches, bloating, and other uncomfortable symptoms. However, it’s important to note that a food intolerance is not life-threatening. The main treatment concerning a food intolerance is modifying your diet. However, if it’s extremely bothersome, we suggest to talking to an allergist find a solution.
How the Langford Allergy Team Can Help
Our team helps hundreds of patients each year who suffer from food allergies and food intolerances. We know that this can make mealtime, and other areas of your life, more stressful and difficult. Schedule an appointment today with one of our allergists today.