What is the difference between food intolerance and food allergy?

A food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy. Here's how you can tell the difference.

A food allergy:
- is a reaction from your immune system (your body's defence against infection) – your immune system mistakenly treats proteins found in food as a threat
- can trigger typical allergy symptoms, such as a rash, wheezing and itching, after eating just a small amount of the food (these symptoms usually come on rapidly)
- is often to particular foods – common food allergies in adults are to fish and shellfish and nuts, and in children to milk and eggs as well as to peanuts, other nuts and fish 
can be serious

A food intolerance:
- doesn't involve your immune system – there is no allergic reaction, and it is never life-threatening
- causes symptoms that come on more slowly, often many hours after eating the problem food
- only results in symptoms if you eat reasonable amounts of the food (unlike an allergy, where just traces can trigger a reaction)
- can be caused by many different foods


Symptoms of food intolerance include:

Stomach pain.
Gas, cramps or bloating.
Irritability or nervousness.

How does it work?

1 - You pay for it online

2 - Book a time to come to our clinic

3 - We will need just a finger prick

4 - You will get your results on your email


100 foods

Turnaround: 10 days. This test will test egg yolk and egg white, many kinds of cheese, whey etc


208 foods

Turnaround: 10 days. The most comprehensive test. Ideal for people who suffer from IBS or migraines.


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