Food Intolerance and Allergan Testing

Allergy or Intolerance?

There are important differences between allergy and intolerance.

Symptoms of an allergic response usually happen quickly after eating or exposure to a food or substance, and may be life threatening.

You are advised to contact your GP if you believe you have an allergy to any food or substance.

The symptoms of food intolerance usually occur several hours after eating the food. You need to eat a larger amount of food to trigger an intolerance than an allergy. Symptoms of food intolerance can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but not life threatening.

Food Intolerance

Some of your symptoms of food intolerance may be:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • IBS
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Skin Problems
  • Irritability

You may or may not have some idea of the food or food groups that cause you a problem, so it is really useful to keep a food diary for at least two weeks before your appointment

  • Note what you eat & drink
  • When you eat & drink
  • How you feel after you eat or drink - physically and emotionally

Testing for Intolerance

Intolerance testing can help identify which foods are causing problems, as well as testing for sensitivity to environmental allergens such as animal hair, pollens and chemicals.

Once problematic substances have been identified, we will discuss whether they can be avoided, or whether particular combinations of foods may need to be changed.

I will usually give a homeopathic remedy to help with the symptoms you are experiencing. It is useful if you keep a food diary for a month after, and note any changes. We can discuss this at the follow up appointment.

Contact me to discuss testing, and for more information.

Always check with your GP or other health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

©Selina Hatherley

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