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Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance: An Infographic

I love this infographic by YorkTest because I constantly see the words allergies and intolerance or sensitivity used interchangeably. While they all have to do with foods, that’s where the similarities stop. This graphic makes a clear distinction between food allergies and food intolerances (also similar to sensitivities). I do want to make a couple of clarifications. There have been documented cases of IgE food allergic reactions that occurred more than two hours later, in some cases a day or so later. While this is rare, it can happen. It is also rare that someone has more than two food allergies, but sadly it is becoming less rare by the day, it seems. We’re seeing this mostly in children and it’s frightening. While food allergies can last a lifetime, it isn’t uncommon for children to grow out of them or at least see their reactions lessen in severity, which is the cause of much relief for the parents, as you can imagine. My son is one such example. He was born with only food intolerances, we knew they irritated his eczema, but that was it. By two years of age, some of the foods developed into true IgE allergies and we had several close calls and one frightening anaphylaxictic reaction – you can read about it here and see a video about it here (made by Allerject).

-Jennifer

 

Food Intolerance vs Food Allergy

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  1. Reblogged this on Fussy Buns and commented:
    It’s interesting that the allergist didn’t think I was allergic to nuts given the symptoms I described, but when tested he said I was definitively allergic (IgE) to peanuts and all tree nuts (in addition to many other foods) and prescribed an EpiPen. I’ve never had a life threatening reaction, didn’t know about my allergies until I was in my 20s, and have multiple food allergies. Fussy Buns has had multiple food allergies since birth, but corn for example does not test positive for IgE. The allergist said she may be having a delayed reaction, but she gets hives on her face within minutes of eating something with corn in it. She also gets a terrible diaper rash and diarrhea still. Fortunately she has never had a life threatening reaction, but we carry an EpiPen Jr. just in case. It would be nice if “allergy” and “intolerance” were used correctly, but it doesn’t change the fact that people still can’t eat the food they’re reacting to.

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    June 3, 2014
  2. pleasantandhome #

    Hey Jennifer! I found your blog a little while ago as I too am trying to help my daughter with her food allergies, sensitivities, and eczema (yup – we’ve got it all!) She happens to have a rare allergy called FPIES that isn’t really covered by the chart above so I just wanted to do my part to educate others! A lot of people – including medical professionals – aren’t aware of it, it can’t be tested for, and symptoms are delayed (at least 2 hours) making it difficult to diagnosis. But it can be very severe and life threatening. Here’s a link to the FPIES Foundation which gives a ton more information – http://fpiesfoundation.org/about-fpies-3/

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    June 3, 2014
    • Hi there – I’ve heard FPIES mentioned quite a bit in the allergy, eczema, healing circles I visit. I’d love to learn more myself. Thank you for sharing this link. Jennifer

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      June 4, 2014
    • Megan #

      Another blog that I read is http://www.runnerstrials.com/ Her oldest has FPIES and I bet she can help :)

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      June 12, 2014
      • Thank you! Great to know of another resource!

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        June 17, 2014
  3. Thanks for posting this. I see people getting these mixed up all the time, including doctors!

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    June 3, 2014
    • Yes, I know! It’s really a shame there isn’t some sort of worldwide standard for defining allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. The explanations are all over the board.

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      June 4, 2014

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