What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is when the immune systems reacts badly to a particular food or drink, (attacks the immune system) within a few seconds of eating or drinking. This attack on the immune system affects the body in different ways. Some symptoms can be itching in the mouth, swelling to the tongue, mouth, eyes, lips, ears and vomiting.

In more severe cases people experience breathing difficulties (airways being closed), feeling faint or dizzy, tiredness, difficulty swallowing or speaking.

This can be very traumatic to the person but it’s important that you call 999 to request an ambulance and say ANAPHLAXIS.

Foods that commonly cause allergic reactions are:
Nuts, Tree nuts, Milk, Cheese, Shellfish (Crustaceans), Chocoloate, Eggs, Fish, Some fruits and vegetables.

What is a food intolerance?

A food intolerance is when a person has a sensitivity to particular foods. This makes it difficult to break down the food, which affects the digestive system. The symptoms a person can display is bloating, pain in the abdomen, diarrhoea, skin rashes and itching, this tends to happen a few hours after eating the food.

A food diary is a good way to keep a record of all the foods and drink you have over a period of time. A food diary can be used for around 2 weeks or in some cases longer, this can include what foods you eat and drink, any symptoms after eating or drinking and when they happen.

A process of elimination can be an effective way to exclude foods or drinks for a time with the intention of slowly re-introducing them back into your diet. For some people this may not be possible due to their symptoms.

Have you experienced any food intolerances or food allergies?
Do you know anyone that has?
How have you dealt with it?

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Posted by Amanda Roberts on 24th May 2020

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