Allergies And Asthma

What Causes Food Allergy?

Food allergies occur when the immune system mounts an attack on certain proteins in certain foods. The substances in the food that trigger this immune-system response are called allergens. The immune system is a complex network of cells and molecules that help defend the body against foreign substances. When a properly functioning immune system detects a foreign substance,

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What Is Food Intolerance?

Very often, people mistake food intolerance for food allergy. Food intolerance is much more common than food allergy, and is the less serious of the two conditions. Food intolerance is an exaggerated or abnormal physical reaction to a food or food additive (such as an artificial coloring or preservative) that does not involve an immune

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How Is Food Allergy Treated?

Once an allergy is diagnosed, strict avoidance of the offending food (or foods) is the only proven method of managing the allergy. There is no medical cure for food allergy. However, within the next few years there will be safe and effective vaccines for food allergies. By strictly avoiding the food for one or two years, approximately

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Controversial Tests And Treatments for Food Allergies

There are some questionable practices for diagnosis and treatment of food allergies. Tests that are not scientifically valid and are considered experimental include: Blood tests that determine food immune complexes and IgG food antibodies: Such tests measure substances that all normal people have in their blood. Food immune complexes form after food digestion. IgG includes most

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Food Allergies: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions related to Food Allergies And Intolerance. Q: What is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance? A: Food allergy involves a reaction of the body’s immune system; food intolerance does not. Food intolerance stems from problems with digestion or metabolism-the way the body breaks down food-usually because of an enzyme deficiency. Food intolerance rarely causes

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