There are many different reactions that can be caused by certain foods, but is this your body having an allergic reaction or showing you that you have an intolerance to that food? Believe it or not, it’s fairly common for your body to just have an intolerance rather than a true allergy to a food. With that being said, whether it’s intolerance or an allergy, neither are pleasant but a true allergy poses much more risk and severity to your body. Here we will discuss the difference between an intolerance and an allergy and give you some tips on when you should be tested.
A food allergy occurs when your body or immune system mistakes a certain food or something in that food to be harmful and attacks it causing an allergic reaction.
- Known to come on suddenly
- The smallest amount of food can trigger it
- Occurs every time you eat that food
- Swelling of the face, throat, lips, etc.
- Rash, hives or itching
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Drop in blood pressure
- Can be life-threatening
- Known to come on gradually and slowly
- Typically happens when you eat a lot of the food
- Gas or bloating
- Is not life-threatening
Although these are two different types of reactions, both an intolerance and allergy can cause nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting and can mimic other symptoms as well. We like to give you these tips to bring caution and awareness to what you are eating and how it makes you feel, but consulting with a doctor is always our recommendation when this occurs and concerns you. Whether it is truly a food allergy or a food intolerance, your doctor will have recommendations for you on what you should do next. If they suggest that this is likely an allergy or are unsure of what it could be, always get tested and choose PulseAir Heart and Lung Centre. Feel free to get your referral sent here or reach out to us today for your allergy testing!