Is there a difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:56 PM on Feb. 3, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Nothing in my opinion. An allergy IS an intolerance.

    A sensitivity and an allergy are different. For instance, when my son takes a certain medication, he gets a rash on his butt. That's a sensitivity. My daughter on the other hand, takes a certain medication, and breaks out over her entire body in hives for more than a month. That's an allergy.

    I think an allergy means your body can't tolerate something...where a sensitivity means your body can tolerate something but doesn't like it.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:02 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • What Is a Food Allergy?
    A food allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food -- usually a protein -- as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the "invading" food. The most common food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds), fish, and shellfish, milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat.

    What Is Food Intolerance?
    Food intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in a food irritates a person's digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown, the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance.

    Answer by babyboomboom at 11:50 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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