Learning The Difference Between Food Allergies And Food Intolerances
What is the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?
People often confuse the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. There is a difference. A child with an allergy must avoid the allergic food whereas a child with an intolerance may be able to eat small quantities without a problem.
caused by the immune system when the body mistakenly identifies a food or a component of a food as a harmful substance and causes the child’s own antibodies to attack
starts a reaction of chemical changes that causes swelling and irritation in their body
symptoms may include tingling in the mouth, hives, swelling in the lips or difficulty breathing
causes problems for children without involving the immune system
can take hours, days or sometimes weeks before the child experiences some problems/discomfort
makes their body have problems digesting certain foods causing sensitivity in their body
Lactose intolerance is an example of a food intolerance that is often confused with a food allergy. Lactose intolerance is when a child has trouble digesting milk sugar (called lactose) causing symptoms such as bloating and a stomach ache
Written by Michelle Mirizzi
Written on Feb 15, 2012
Last updated on Oct 29, 2013