Q. FOOD ALLERGY OR AN INTOLERANCE – HOW DO I KNOW?

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A. When you have a food allergy, your im­mune sys­tem re­acts to a par­tic­u­lar food while with a food intolerance, your body has a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion to eat­ing a par­tic­u­lar food or drink. An intolerance won’t show up in an allergy test so that’s the best way to clear up any un­cer­tainty.

Symp­toms that oc­cur sev­eral hours after a food is eaten – like headaches, bloat­ing, di­ar­rhoea, nau­sea, hives – are more of­ten caused by an intolerance rather than a food allergy.

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