In short no. Food intolerance reactions tend to be dose-dependent, whereas a true food allergy is generally irreversible. A food intolerance (or food sensitivity as it is sometimes referred to) reaction can appear within hours or even days, whereas a food allergy is generally within minutes and can sometimes be life threatening.
Food intolerance can be hard to diagnose as the offending food may be consumed daily, so symptoms are ongoing, therefore making it harder to connect to a particular food. Food intolerance or food sensitivity is often dismissed by the medical profession and sufferers are sometimes made feel its “all in their head”.
Food intolerance are very real for the sufferer, with people suffering for years with digestive disorders such as stomach cramps, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea; skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis; respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, persistent runny nose or asthma.
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